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On November 22 , 1963, three shots were fired in Dallas, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and the world stopped for four days. For an entire generation, it was the end of an age of innocence.

That evening, a photo ran on the front pages of newspapers across the world, showing a Secret Service agent jumping on the back of the presidential limousine in a desperate...more
Hardcover, 243 pages
Published November 19th 2013 by Gallery Books (first published November 1st 2013)
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Deb
I just finished reading this book and read it in one evening...even though I already knew the outcome it was so well written and minute by minute detail it kept me hooked. There is a lot of information in the book which I did not know, and there are many photographs I had never seen before. truly a well documented and well written account through the eyes of Clint Hill, who was actually Jackie Kennedys Secret Service man. The book brought me to tears as I relived the event I remember vividly wat...more
Laura Schmidt-dockter
Powerful, touching, honest and gratifying. Clint Hill's voice and memories are more than I, born after the assassination, ever expected to hear. They are clear and not muddled by theories or historic vitriol. The authors give a clear view of the events of those five days through the eyes of Clint Hill.
Wendy
How can anyone write an account about those five days of the Kennedy assassination and have anything new to say? Well, if you are the Secret Service bodyguard for Jacqueline Kennedy during JFK's days in the White House, you can. I wouldn't say the writing was a knock out. But it is, after all, a day to day account of what went on during the days before and after. Everyone is aware of how brave and gracious Jackie was during such a truly unimaginable tragedy. In this book, we get to hear and see...more
Nancy Rossman
Concise memory (and guilt) told from Mrs. Kennedy's secret service agent, who was there. The one who leaped upon the back of the convertible after the first shot. This well written, emotionally tough reveal surprised me: that this secret service agent felt tremendous guilt because he didn't do his job. It has haunted him. He rarely discussed it with others, even though no one accused him of being able to have done anything differently. The five day "Texas tour" was planned to reunite the Democra...more
Ann
Wow. Amazing book. I really didn't imagine that this book would be as wonderful as "Mrs. Kennedy and Me", but Clint Hill did it again. I just finished it and still have such a heavy feeling in my heart. Kennedy's assassination was 50 years ago, but Hill's memories are like it was yesterday. Not a single other person experienced Kennedy's death and the aftermath with the closeness to Jackie Kennedy that Hill had. He was by her side for all of it, so he has a view into this tragedy like no one els...more
Jeffrey Carpenter
After watching Clint Hill on several C-SPAN programs talking about the Kennedy assassination, I read his book. I really enjoyed reading it. The collaboration with Lisa McCubbin resulted in a well-written flow through Kennedy's trip to Dallas to his funeral. I have read other books on the assassination, but learned things reading this book that I had not known.

If you want to learn more on the assassination, I recommend reading this book along with the chapters covering the assassination in The P...more
Barbara Bacherman
BAD review of this book on Publishers Weekly. There's karma for you- as they said, some of those details are hard to believe...perhaps because, as with most of Blaine's book and a few pages of Hill's book, they are fiction? Vince Palamara's book sets the record straight. Don't be sad, Lisa- you'll still make a mint- isn't that what it's all about for you guys anyway?
Amy
Very interesting and educational.

There are LOTS of never before seen (by me) pictures, and a different historical perspective by someone who was there.
Rachel
Riveting; absolutely incredible. Clint Hill, for those unaware, was the Secret Service agent in charge of the security detail for Mrs. Kennedy, made famous for the iconic photos of him lunging toward the presidential convertible limousine to protect the First Lady after the first shot was fired. He tells the story of Jack Kennedy's assassination in stunning detail from the very beginning of that fateful trip to Texas. Mr. Hill's retelling of the minutiae of the trip is simply amazing, from the w...more
Ned
Coauthored by Clint Hill, the Secret Service agent responsible for Jackie Kennedy's security while she was the First Lady. In those grainy photographs and newsreel of Nov 22, 1963, most people in the world have seen the lone Secret Service agent struggling to climb onto the back of Kennedy's limo in Dallas during the shooting to protect the President and Mrs Kennedy. That man is Clint Hill.

Clint Hill is a decent and courageous man who played an unbelievable part in American history.

There is no...more
Wanda
This is a well written and very informative book with its detailed descriptions of those "Five Days in November." It is a book filled with candidness and displayed by many iconic photographs. Clint Hill, Secret Service agent, reveals his vivid memories of those days surrounding the assassination of President John F Kennedy, who died at the early age of 46.

Clint Hill has clearly lived through much pain, anger, and frustration, and has felt a sense of failure because of that tragic day in Dallas...more
Nanci de Suffren
Nov 24, 2013 Nanci de Suffren rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
I was 13 and I remember seeing a teacher sobbing, her make-up streaking her face. I remember walking home from school that day and everything was so quiet, no children playing, no one watering their lawn, no dogs barking, no cars, just silence and the world seemed so gray. I was certainly old enough to understand what had happened and by 13 had already experienced the loss of my grandparents so I understood grief but this was so different.

Reading the detailed description of what happened during...more
Wyman
The one book to read

Of all of the many books about President Kennedy’s assassination this is the one to read. It is the only one written from cover to cover by an eyewitness, up close (really close) and personal. It is well written in first person present tense. Only Clint Hill could do that.

All of the other books about the assassination must use secondary sources or rumors. That is not the case in “Five Days in November” because Clint Hill was there as shown in many of the photos. He succinct...more
Denis Vukosav
“Five Days in November” by Clint Hillbook is book that brings extensive story about the murder that shocked the whole world.
The story is told by Secret Service Agent Clint Hill who, in the recording of the event since then, was seen by the billion viewers jumping on the back of the presidential limousine in a desperate attempt to protect the JFK and his wife.

What makes this book different in relation to a number of previously issued books on same theme is that it provides first-person details of...more
Penny McGill
I'd been waiting for this book for a long time, tried to put it on hold twice because I'd forgotten that it was, already on hold for me. Clint Hill doesn't really share anything that he hasn't shared before but the timeline format of this book did bring a different focus to his memories. The addition of so many beautiful photographs made the anecdotes seem more poignant and I think that this book would be a good starting point with people unfamiliar with the events of those days. He also allows...more
Vicki
The assassination of President Kennedy happened years before I was born, and my knowledge of it was pretty rudimentary. As the 50th anniversary neared, a friend of mine told me about a book they were reading, Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill. I read it and was fascinated by the amount of detail, by how personal the account was, and it led me to want to read his account of the assassination. Five Days in November is that account. It is incredibly well-written and informative. I read in over the...more
Jennifer
From the one man that witnessed it all (Jackie's Secret Service Agent), incredible account of one of the darkest weeks in American history. Easy read with lots of photographs but reading about the Texas Trip of the Kennedys and then the horrific assassination from Mr. Hill's perspective almost makes all speculation of the event irrelevant. Interesting details of the mood throughout the trip, certain "politics" that came with the offical start of the 1964 re-election campaign for JFK and also why...more
Mike Gabor
A very moving account of the last five days of President Kennedy's life by Mrs. Kennedy's secret service agent, Clint Hill. Mr. Hill gives us an almost minute by minute accounting of these days. There probably isn't much that he relates to us that isn't known by now but you still find yourself wondering what's next. There are very many pictures in this book and some people have complained that they are not accompanied with text but, I found them to be very moving, to see how vigorous and alive P...more
David Bales
A detailed retelling of the trip to Texas by President and Mrs. Kennedy by former Secret Service agent Clint Hill, who was Mrs. Kennedy's agent and who was the one who jumped on the back of the limousine during the assassination. Hill gives a pretty good description of what the Secret Service has to do during presidential trips, the long, grueling hours and so forth and fills in a lot of the intimate details of the days between Nov. 21st and 25th, 1963, the earlier trips to San Antonio, Houston...more
Rishonda
Wow.... Personal, poignant, and beautiful story of the Kennedy assassination, told by one of the people closest to the Kennedy family- a secret service agent.

This is a story you won’t read in the papers, and you won’t see in the history books. How did The White House react to the news of President Kennedy’s death? How did Ms. Kennedy plan such a large state funeral in just 2 short days? And all of this while mourning the death of her husband.

I only wish the book was longer. I’d love to know abou...more
Keith
Devoured this book over two nights during the weekend of the 50th Anniversary of JFK's murder and funeral. Secret Service Protective Detail Agent Clint Hill was charged with protecting Jackie Kennedy, and was by her side constantly; from Washington to Dallas, back to Washington, and the exhausting 3 days of mourning to the burial and lighting of the Eternal Flame at Arlington National Cemetery. He tells his story tastefully, and yet one can tell the heartbreak and remorse he has struggled with,...more
Linda
Secret Service Agent, Clint Hill, recounts the 5 days leading up to JFK’s assassination in the book, Five Days in November. Hill was a Secret Service Agent for the Kennedy family and specifically assigned as Jackie personal guard. His insight into the family and personal moments is respectful and shows his love and loyalty to his job and the First Family. The focus is on the family and the specific events, not the investigation or conspiracies. There are over 150 pictures, many showing beautiful...more
Kerry
Clint Hill was Jackie Kennedy's personal Secret Service Man. He was there on 11/22/63, and actually, he was the man in all the photos crawling onto the back of the car to put Jackie back in after the fatal shots. This is the inside story of that week that changed Americans. Mostly telling Jackie's heartbreaking story (with lots of detailed pics). I found myself choked up for her more than once. What was also great about this was that 1)Lee Harvey is barely mentioned-he's a sidenote, and 2)he put...more
Rob Dunham
No matter your personal opinion of the man or his policies, this is a heart rending book. It focuses on the five days around the assassination of President Kennedy, as told by Secret Service agent Clint Hill, who was on site when it happened. He was, in fact, the agent who jumped on the presidential car when the shots rang out. I won't ever forget some of the stories told in this book. What a harrowing moment it was. I am glad for the insights into the days before and after the assassination as...more
Deb
Amazing photos of a time no one alive could possibly forget. Clint Hill describes what he experienced those five days in November - and to think he was only 31. The photos not only tell the story surrounding the tragedy in Dallas but also how our world has changed - Presidents no longer walk through crowds of people or ride in open car motorcades or prisoners are no longer escorted by the public. Pictures say a 1,000 words! Jacqueline Kennedy truly led the nation with dignity and grace through o...more
David
This is an absolutely incredible book. I've read a great deal of literature about the JFK assassination, but nothing this personal or touching. I actually had to fight back tears reading about the family's grief and their experience during those days. And, if nothing else, it puts all the idiotic conspiracy theories to rest.
Lori
Clint Hill was the Secret Service agent closest to the Kennedy motorcade on the day the President was shot. This almost minute by minute account of the 5 days in Texas is fascinating.

From the charisma of Kennedy during his stops in Texas to the grace of the First Lady in dealing with the crowds who wanted nothing more than to see and touch her every bit of this story is heartbreaking.

And underlying the whole first person account is the grief and shame of Hill who feels, to this day, that he fai...more
Scott Josephson
An incredibly touching look and unique perspective on the final days of President John F. Kennedy. Mr. Hill served as a Secret Service agent to Mrs. Kennedy and was witness to the assassination. He provides insight of what it was like to live through those days and the anguish that has pained him since that time. Do not expect conspiracy theories, but instead an earnest view into how this man provided protection and truly cared for the First Family -- and how this tragedy shaped him.
Rho
This is a wonderful book that is written by a heroic and honorable man. He brought to life those tragic days in November of 1963. I remember them from my childhood and it seems hard to believe it was 51 years ago. This is the first book I have read that examines the events from someone who was personally involved. The respect I feel for Mr. Hill cannot be expressed. Thank you for the compassion and respect you showed Mrs. Kennedy and our country.
Sheila
An excellent book describing the events from the point of view of Mr. Clint Hill, the Secret Service Agent assigned to Mrs. Kennedy. I was glad to read it this week while many programs on T.V. are talking about President Kennedy and it being 50 years since his assassination. It was so sad. I felt like I was there just by reading his descriptions of the events. Even fifty years later, the feelings and details are still fresh in his mind.
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