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Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir

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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
Hardcover, 343 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Gallery Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Nanci de Suffren
Apr 11, 2012 Nanci de Suffren rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
I saw the recent television interview with Mr. Hill. The interviewer pointed out that some would think he loved the First Lady. He certainly wrote of her in a loving way if you consider honesty, respect, admiration and appreciation to be equal components of his memory of Mrs. Kennedy. His job was to protect the president's wife. In his words, "I was responsible for protecting the things that were most important to him, personally-his wife and children." In order to do his job, he paid attention ...more
Jaclyn Day
Jan 02, 2013 Jaclyn Day rated it it was amazing
This book is the memoir of Clint Hill, the Secret Service agent assigned to Jacqueline Kennedy during the Kennedy administration. He’s never told about his experiences publicly until this book—and it was well worth the wait. This is a beautifully written book and a wonderful tribute to Jacqueline Kennedy.

It’s not surprising that Kennedy seemed to prefer Hill over the other agents assigned to her. His earnestness and kindness towards her is evident throughout the book. He was insistent on giving
Karen Leon
Nov 30, 2012 Karen Leon rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
Very engaging memoir, and certainly the reader's affection toward Clint Hill and Mrs. Kennedy grows over the course of reading the book. We of course know before hand that Mrs. Kennedy experienced many devastating losses and remained a graceful, stoic figure. I felt more for Mr. Hill's almost unmentioned family, though, who had to spend holidays, summers, and weeks without a father/husband at home, so that the First Lady could travel, take long vacations, shop, visit with friends, ride horses, s ...more
Jun 10, 2015 Chrissie rated it liked it
Recommended to Chrissie by: Laura
While I am glad I read the book, it must be stated that the book's focus is quite narrow. It gives only Clint Hill's personal perspective on his four years as Secret Service agent protecting Jacqueline Kennedy. The last year is after the death of her husband; President Johnson deemed the surveillance should be continued for another year. You follow what Clint Hill did to protect the First Lady, and how he came to feel towards her, the President and their two children, Caroline and little John.

Being fascinated by Jacqueline Kennedy for years, originally I didn't want to read this thinking that it was just another way for a former staffer to "make a buck" off of the Kennedy name. But then a friend told me that she had seen Clint Hill on the Today Show...and suddenly all my reluctance about reading this book changed...and quickly!

For me, Clint Hill has always been a demi-god or sort of like an icon. I've always wondered what his thoughts were. He is the one that jumped on the back of t
Jul 01, 2012 LaurieH118 rated it it was amazing
There is a sadness that permeates this book. For as hard as Clint Hill worked to protect The First Family (and he makes it clear from the outset that he would have preferred to be on JFK's detail, not Jackie's), the Secret Service failed at the moment that mattered most. The President was shot on their watch. There's no escaping that. Whether or not Clint Hill could have made a difference is debatable (I don't think he could have moved any faster), but the fact that JFK was murdered is not. And ...more
Oh my goodness. I've been sobbing for about the last sixty or so pages. I don't even know what to say.

I didn't even mean to read this book at the moment. I had checked it out from the library and was taking a look at it for my husband and it captivated me right from the start. Now, I really want to read a proper biography about Jackie Kennedy, because she was one incredible, smart, classy lady. I wasn't even alive when the president was killed. But man, what a horrible thing, to have your husba
Nov 04, 2013 Leona rated it it was amazing
Nov 22, 1963 is one of the darkest days in US history. If you were alive that day, you will remember exactly what you were doing the moment you heard President Kennedy had been shot. As Clint Hill says “Three shots had been fired in Dealey Plaza. And the world stopped for four days.”

This is Clint Hill’s story about his time as a secret service agent for Mrs. Kennedy. It is an evocative, compelling read beautifully told straight from the heart of a man who admired respected this legendary woman
Nov 22, 2013 Sally rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! I can't help but be sympathetic for Clint Hill, Jackie's personal secret service agent and author of book. He is without a doubt a very noble man, loyal and dedicated to his job and those he protects on any given day. But with that comes the sacrifice of his own personal life and family.
Although with Hill's detailed account on the day that Kennedy was assassinated, I still can not imagine his grief in the following days that lead into years. A moment of time that went beyond th
Aug 06, 2012 Pamela rated it really liked it
I gave this a four because it was easy to read but fascinating--sometimes in a negative way. If the public needs to learn that Jacqueline Kennedy was a prima donna who needed kid-glove treatment by all, this book confirms it. Also revealing is that she was away from her children constantly, seldom in the White House and seemingly unconcerned that her whims cost tremendous sums in money and Secret Service manhours--away from their own families. Also revealing is how caught up in her life Clint Hi ...more
Jan 17, 2016 Stephen rated it it was amazing
I hesitated to read this one - didn't want to read anything about conspiracy theories and it sounded like it could be a bit scandalous and tabloid-like with a secret service agent/bodyguard telling all.
Then I saw that it was number 1 in the Goodreads list of "Best books about the Kennedy family" so I decided to give it a go.

I'm very glad that I did as there was nothing about conspiracy theories and it quickly becomes apparent that Clint Hill has no intention at all of making his fortune at the
Aug 09, 2012 Bloomreader rated it it was amazing
I was one month old when President Kennedy was assassinated and so I carry no memories of that tragic time. Like many others, I've always been interested in the Kennedy legacy, and found this to be a deeply moving portrait of the era, and of Jacqueline Kennedy in particular. It is written through the respectful and deeply caring viewpoint of her personal Secret Service agent during her White House years, Clint Hill. In an era of "tell-all" autobiographies (yuck) it is such a relief to finally re ...more
Jul 19, 2012 Regina rated it liked it
This was a very fascinating book that gave me a glimpse into a piece of history that happened before my time. However, I don't think I took away from it what was intended by the author. I found Mrs. Kennedy (and the entire Kennedy administration) to be completely self-serving, totally oblivious to the needs of anyone besides themselves, and spending money like a bunch of drunken sailors. Money, that was undoubtedly the tax-payers. NOT theirs. I've never understood the rabid fascination with this ...more
Ellie Revert
Apr 16, 2012 Ellie Revert rated it really liked it
This was OUR era. Our parents were Republicans, but there was NO question in those days--JFK was the president of ALL of us.

One of my very favorite days was Nov. 22, 1963--bear with me. I had gone with my dad to Cleveland to which he was commuting, and I was along to shop for my wedding to Brent. I was to buy the wedding rings, and a few articles of clothing. I learned that there was a new opening for me at the hospital(a minor surgery), due to the approaching Thanksgiving weekend. At about 1P
Sep 12, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club, library
This is one of the most intensely moving books I have ever read. I was young when President Kennedy was assassinated, but after reading this, I'm left with so many memories of that time and of that tragedy. Mr. Hill did an amazing job recreating that time period. I learned so much about Mrs. Kennedy and the children. Truly, this was a wonderful book about a wonderful woman and her family.
May 03, 2012 LemonLinda rated it it was amazing
Secret Service Agent Clint Hill, assigned to Mrs. Kennedy from immediately following her husband's election through the White House years and for another year following the President's assassination, gives us an inside look in his assignment that grew into a special and respected friendship from both sides. This is a story that I thought I knew well as I have read previously about these people during this time, but this comes from a different perspective giving a heartfelt and tender glimpse int ...more
Mary Lou
Aug 04, 2012 Mary Lou rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
After readingMrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill with Lisa McCubbin, I was dying to know more about Clint Hill because his attention to the first lady is so extraordinary that I couldn’t imagine his own family life although he does mention a wife and two sons and that they have several grandchildren. Hill “claims to have released the demons of 11/22/63, so to speak, when he and his wife visited Dallas in 1990”( What I found online is that he and his wife Gw ...more
Holly Weiss
Apr 25, 2012 Holly Weiss rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
Article first published as Book Review: Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin on Blogcritics.

Mrs. Kennedy and Me recounts Clint Hill’s Secret Service assignment to protect Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy from November 1960 until Lyndon Johnson was elected in 1964. Written with dignity and respect, the book describes the challenges and rewards attached to guarding Mrs. Kennedy.

The detail about Mrs. Kennedy’s daily activities and overseas trips is extensive. Photos of her public and priv
Nov 29, 2012 Julia rated it really liked it
I've always been fascinated by the Secret Service. They are, in some was, the ultimate fly on the wall, experience history from an awesome viewpoint. However, I had never read anything about the Secret Service until this book. I think this book was engaging and approachable. It was not filled with lists of protocol and procedure, but rather a great telling of what it was like to build a relationship with one of the most iconic women of all time.

A quick read, this book captured a moment in time
Jul 23, 2012 Marcy rated it it was amazing
This is an in-depth look at Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy's fascinating life as first lady, remembered by her secret servant agent, Clint Hill. Jacqueline and Clint got along famously in their three years together because he understood her need for quiet and privacy for both her and her children. Clint accompanied Jackie to all the private residences she and the president had - seven in all, Hyannis Port, Palm Beach estate, and the Glen Ora residence, to name a few. Optimum surveillance equipment h ...more
Jun 05, 2012 Elisha rated it it was amazing
This was an engrossing read told from the point of view of Mrs. Kennedy's secret service agent, Clint Hill. The majority of the book chronicles the first few years he spent protecting Jackie and the interactions primarily with her, but also with JFK and their family. He describes how he and Mrs. Kennedy developed a close and trusting relationship and you can tell that he truly respected and admired her. The last few chapters describe the assassination of JFK in Dallas and the year after his dea ...more
Apr 08, 2012 Janel rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book. I read The Kennedy Detail and was looking forward to Mr. Hill's account of his service during the Kennedy years. Mr. Hill was Jacqueline Kennedy's Secret Service agent. It was a very straightforward, first hand account. I loved the detail and Mr. Hill's honest account of the depression and guilt he experienced. Mr. Hill is the Secret Service agent seen in the Zapruder film scrambling onto the back of the presidential limo to get to JFK and the first lady. It will be hard no ...more
Apr 11, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, kindle, 2012
I have always been fascinated by the Kennedy family. I, recently, finished reading a memoir about John F. Kennedy Jr., so when I saw this book, I knew I had to read it.

I began reading this book and thinking to myself, "I already know who the Kennedys are." I didn't really figure that I'd learn anything new.

Was I ever wrong!

I have always felt sorry for the late President's family. They were thrust into the spotlight at, what had to be, one of the worst times in their lives. Mrs. Kennedy had a won
This was a very moving and lovingly written memoir by the Secret Service agent assigned to Jackie Kennedy. I do not mind admitting that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was touching and respectful, giving quite a bit of insight to the daily life of the first lady, by someone who was with her almost constantly. There was so much emotion that came through and you could still feel Clint Hill's pain and guilt almost 50 years later that he did not do more on that fateful day in Dallas to save President Ke ...more
Pam Burzynski
Mar 31, 2013 Pam Burzynski rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, memoir
Much more than a historical account of life in the White House from the view of a Secret Service Agent. The book digs deep into the heart and mind of Jackie Kennedy. Clint Hill, her secret service agent, came to understand her and what made her tick and with respect and deep admiration he beautifully chronicles the days he spent protecting the First Lady. You will laugh & cry and understand why Jackie was so admired.

Oct 28, 2014 Kathryn rated it liked it
An interesting read, but I'd be interested to have heard Jacqueline Kennedy's account of her time with Clint Hill. I wonder whether they would differ somewhat. I got the impression that Mr Hill had rather a crush on the President's wife, which may have coloured his recall of incidents. I also got the impression, as time went on, that Mr Hill became a little too big for his boots and overstepped an invisible line, at times. Or maybe I'm just being overly cynical. Certainly Mrs Kennedy's tribute a ...more
Jul 14, 2014 Kelley rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-discussion
Biography read for July book discussion group

I learned so much from reading this book! The selfless dedication of Clint Hill, Secret Service Agent assigned to protect Jackie Kennedy, was jaw-dropping. Mr. Hill witnessed so much of history but in a totally different way from what I expected. Mrs. Kennedy hated the "fishbowl" of Washington and spent as much time as possible away from the White House. Mr. Hill was with her at Glen Ora, her Virginia escape; he was with her on several overseas trips
Aug 02, 2013 Stacy rated it liked it
An intimate portrait of Mrs. Kennedy told through the experiences of the Secret Service Agent who was responsible for her safety while she was in the White House and one year beyond that. The writing is just so-so, but that's not surprising, even with the help of another, Clint Hill is obviously not a writer. He is however, a good agent and did a wonderful job protecting Mrs. Kennedy. His obvious admiration and love for the President and Mrs. Kennedy easily shines through.

I know this was meant t
Sep 14, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
Great read!!! It was nice to read a book that was not written with all the scum and trash sensationalism that is normally written about the Kennedys to sell books. This showed an entirely different side of the Kennedys (Jackie and Pres. Kennedy). It was well written, interesting and never lagged. Along with the personal lives of the Kennedys it showed how self-sacrificing our Secret Service agents are and what a toll it must take on their own families. I think the one thing that really stood out ...more
Becky Morlok
Jan 28, 2013 Becky Morlok rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My husband rarely buys books for me but he ordered this one upon recommendation of a customer. I'm glad he did. I read it through my position as a former federal government employee but mostly from the position of wife and mother.

Upon finishing it this evening, I was left with several questions which I answered with further research. Bottom line - I now understand why President Kennedy had so many affairs and I've no idea how Clint Hill was able to sustain any sort of personal family life. The
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“it's been a long time since i've thought about that night, that wonderful raucous night. I can still see the president s surprise and amusement while opening gifts. I can still hear the music, the guests singing along and the president having such a wonderful time surrounded by his closest family and friends. What a privilege it was to have been there, to witness the joy and laughter. But Always, when I remember that special birthday celebration on the Sequoia, I can't help but think it should not have been his last. At forty six it shouldn't have been his last” 7 likes
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