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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