Mrs. Kennedy and Me

Mrs. Kennedy and Me

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A memoir of former Secret Service agent Clint Hill, discussing his time serving as bodyguard to Jacqueline Kennedy from 1960 to 1964.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2012
Edition: 1st Gallery Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451648461
9781451648447
1451648448
Branch Call Number: 973.92 HIL 2012
Characteristics: 343 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: McCubbin, Lisa
Alternative Title: Missus Kennedy & me

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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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lati2003cb
Jun 23, 2013

I actually got the book to look at the few pictures it has :) Once I started reading the first page I could not stop! I really enjoyed reading this one....

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HopeButterfly
Aug 11, 2012

A great read, especially for the Kennedy follower.
You could feel the love and respect Mr. Hill felt towards Mrs. Kennedy and all the family.
For once I didn't have to sort through all the "dirty laundry".
Thanks for a wonderful book.

bestbooks Jun 14, 2012

The ghost writing is not as prosiac as I might like, but you get a front row seat details of the life of one of the most interesting first ladies of the 20th Century.

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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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