Mrs. Kennedy and Me

Mrs. Kennedy and Me

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The #1 New York Times bestselling memoir by Clint Hill that Kirkus Reviews called "clear and honest prose free from salaciousness and gossip," Jackie Kennedy's personal Secret Service agent details his very close relationship with the First Lady during the four years leading up to and following President John F. Kennedy's tragic assassination.

In those four years, Hill was by Mrs. Kennedy's side for some of the happiest moments as well as the darkest. He was there for the birth of John, Jr. on November 25, 1960, as well as for the birth and sudden death of Patrick Bouvier Kennedy on August 8, 1963. Three and a half months later, the unthinkable happened.

Forty-seven years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the one vivid image that never leaves Clint Hill's mind is that of President Kennedy's head lying on Mrs. Kennedy's lap in the back seat of the limousine, his eyes fixed, blood splattered all over the back of the car, Mrs. Kennedy, and Hill as well. Sprawled on the trunk of the car as it sped away from Dealey Plaza, Hill clung to the sides of the car, his feet wedged in so his body was as high as possible.

Clint Hill jumped on the car too late to save the president, but all he knew after that first shot was that if more shots were coming, the bullets had to hit him instead of the First Lady.

Mrs. Kennedy's strength, class, and dignity over those tragic four days in November 1963 held the country together.

This is the story, told for the first time, of the man who perhaps held her together.
Publisher: New York :, Gallery Books,, [2012]
Edition: First Gallery Books hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781451648447
1451648448
9781451648461
1451648464
Branch Call Number: 973.922 H55a 2012
Characteristics: viii, 343 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: McCubbin, Lisa

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I read this a while back but it is a very well-written memoir by a former Secret Service Agent Clint Hill, who was assigned to guard First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. I’m not a huge biography/memoir reader but I do enjoy presidential history and a look behind the scenes of what goes on in the White ... Read More »


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sarahkatejordan_
Jan 29, 2020

“Mrs. Kennedy and Me” is written by Clint Hill, the Secret Service agent who protected Jacqueline Kennedy from the time her husband was first elected to a year after the assassination. It is a biography of Hills experiences constantly being around not only Mrs. Kennedy but the luxurious life of the Kennedys. The book also goes into detail about the many trips the Kennedy family took, including Palm Beach summers and winters, weekends in Middleburg, Virginia, and several trips to Europe and Asia. The lavish lifestyle of the family had many dreary turns though, such as the stroke Joseph Kennedy had, and the death of their newborn son, Patrick. Perhaps the most eventful though, the weekend in Dallas. One thing I really enjoyed about the book is how beautifully Hill writes it and gives so many details showing the true, reserved and spontaneous Jacqueline Kennedy. It is a side many people do not know of her. He goes so far in depth describing how he earned Mrs. Kennedy’s trust and how they became extremely close friends. He also describes the assassination from a very interesting point of view that I had never heard. After all, many have blamed the Secret Service for the outcome. Hill was the agent that jumped on the back of the car right after the shots were fired. When talking to attorney general Robert Kennedy in the hospital he says, “Looking away from Mrs. Kennedy, I closed my eyes, squeezed the phone hard, and said, “It’s as bad as it can get.”” (page 296). I would give this book five stars because I strongly feel Clint Hill wrote this from the sincerest part of his heart and it shows. I learned so much not only about the secret service and the Kennedys but also Jaqueline herself.

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candlesticktroughs
Jan 02, 2020

" 'Personally,' President Kennedy said, 'the history of Scotland captured me at a very young age. The U.S., in fact all of us, love, i suppose in a sense, lost causes. And on occasion the history of Scotland has been a lost cause, but perhaps in some ways they have triumphed. Perhaps more today than ever before. We regard it as a great honor to have representatives of a great country to have as our guests here at the White House.' "

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emiliab31
Oct 12, 2017

Hill possesses the beautiful and rare skill of portraying a public figure with such grace and consideration, not only highlighting Mrs. Kennedy's admired traits but also giving readers a glimpse into her most human moments.

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Chidad
Jan 28, 2016

Over the last three decades I have read a lot of Kennedy bios and even purported memoirs, but this, by far, is one of the best. Clint Hill, Jackie Kennedy's personal secret service agent gives us an intimate and accurate portrayal of this very private woman in all her glory: intelligence, education, style icon, devoted mother, and wife; replete with an impish humor, that bordered on the delightfully irreverent, and strength and courage in facing losses that would have felled a lesser woman. If there ever was a look at the "real" Jackie then this is it. Sadly, the chapter on the assassination, and the scene in the presidential limousine, is both tragic, and poignant. As someone who was alive and well in 1963, that chapter brought me close to the tears that I shed on Nov. 22nd. But, what gives the reader solace is that jackie went on to live a happy life as an editor, fulfilling her love of words. This is a must read.

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SusanneNeely
Jan 23, 2016

I'll come by on Monday, Jan. 25, to pick it up. Thank you.

JMFlaherty Sep 29, 2015

Yes, an excellent book. I lived thru that time period. I never knew that Jackie was that athletic and rather daring. Reading this marvelous book was both a joy and a sorrow. A joy to see that Jackie knew how to enjoy life. And a sorrow, because I knew what the end of the book would be.

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Slys65ss
Jun 29, 2015

This is a behind the scenes look at her life, including Mr. Hill's recollection of the day of the assassination. Jackie was already an Onassis by the time I was old enough to know of her, and this account really gave me some insight into the days of Camelot. Also - the marriage of Jackie and Jack Kennedy was very flawed, but there was no doubt that they loved each other in their way. Good book.

wraith1 Apr 18, 2015

If you lived anywhere around the time of the Kennedy/Onassis years, you will find this book most interesting. She was so private, that I felt I was being given a behind the scenes look into her life. This is one of those books that you want to make sure you have lots of uninterrupted time, because it is hard to put down.

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Localhostess
May 17, 2014

A nice nonfiction account with a fresh perspective. Clint Hill was Jackie's secret service agent. Recommended.

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Honypop
Sep 20, 2013

Once I started reading the book - couldn't put it down. This was a great read told by someone that was on the 'inside'. I hope Mr. Hill found peace.

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bestbooks
Jun 14, 2012

Special Agent Clint Hill was there. You've seen his picture before and not even known he was there. On November 22, 1963 we was sprayed in the President's blood. As the shots rang out, he lept in the open air car to protect the one person he'd been charged to protect--Mrs. Kennedy. In Mrs. Kennedy and Me, Clint Hill recounts his deep friendship with the first lady, his years as her protector, confidant, and even social secretary.

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2greyts
Aug 31, 2020

I can only imagine the emotional impact on Clint Hill in recalling and writing this memoir. If you were alive during this time, regardless of your politics, read this book.

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