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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,295 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin Narrator: Jeremy Bobb Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781442355033
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He called her Mrs. Kennedy. She called him Mr. Hill.

For four years, from the election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy in November 1960 until after the election of Lyndon Johnson in 1964, Clint Hill was the Secret Service agent assigned to guard the glamorous and intensely private Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. During those four years, he went from being a reluctant guardian to a fiercely loyal watchdog and, in many ways, her closest friend.

Now, looking back fifty years, Clint Hill tells his story for the first time, offering a tender, enthralling, and tragic portrayal of how a Secret Service agent who started life in a North Dakota orphanage became the most trusted man in the life of the First Lady who captivated first the nation and then the world.

When he was initially assigned to the new First Lady, Agent Hill envisioned tea parties and gray-haired matrons. But as soon as he met her, he was swept up in the whirlwind of her beauty, her grace, her intelligence, her coy humor, her magnificent composure, and her extraordinary spirit.

From the start, the job was like no other, and Clint was by her side through the early days of JFK’s presidency; the birth of sons John and Patrick and Patrick’s sudden death; Kennedy-family holidays in Hyannis Port and Palm Beach; Jackie’s trips to Europe, Asia, and South America; her intriguing meetings with men like Aristotle Onassis, Gianni Agnelli, and André Malraux; the dark days of the year that followed the assassination to the farewell party she threw for Clint when he left her protective detail after four years. All she wanted was the one thing he could not give her: a private life for her and her children.

Filled with unforgettable details, startling revelations, and sparkling, intimate moments, this is the once-in-a-lifetime story of a man doing the most exciting job in the world, with a woman loved the world over, and the tragedy that ended it all too soon—a tragedy that haunted him for fifty years.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With clear and honest prose free of salaciousness and gossip, Hill (ably assisted by McCubbin) evokes not only a personality both beautiful and brilliant, poised and playful, but also a time when the White House was filled with youth and promise. Of the many words written about Jacqueline Kennedy, these are among the best.”  

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A worshipful, competent insider’s glimpse of a matchless first lady whose diplomatic skills and glamour enabled her to do the unthinkable: briefly wrest the Mona Lisa from France.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Mrs. Kennedy and Me] conveys a sense of honesty and proves to be an insightful and lovingly penetrating portrait of the Jacqueline Kennedy that Hill came to know.”

    USA Today

  • A#1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karin | 2/18/2014

    " Interesting, sweet, loyal, and then very painful recollections. Wonder if his wife was at all concerned by his close relationship with Jackie. Can't tell if he secretly loved her or if he was just captivated by her like everyone else. Also, curious now how differently the Secret Service operates now versus back then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 2/5/2014

    " Outstanding book with a very different look at an amazing person "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz Utter | 2/5/2014

    " WOW... what a book. I always knew Secret Service Agents worked hard... but I had no idea. I 'read' this book on Audible and had to come up with excuses to listen rather than participate in other activities. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 2/5/2014

    " Fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Jacqueline Kennedy from the perspective of her Secret Service agent. I highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patti Aaron | 2/3/2014

    " I stayed awake half the night reading this book and finished it the next night. I haven't done that in years! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ima Shrew | 2/1/2014

    " This book was awesome! You really get a feel for what was going on back then. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renae Hinchey | 1/23/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book, especially since I remember as a young girl the fascination that everyone had with Jacqueline Kennedy during the White House years and after. The author, Clint Hill, was the Secret Service agent assigned to protect Mrs. Kennedy during President Kennedy's tenure in the White House. He describes those years with such respect and admiration for her. It is a heartwarming and tragic story that will bring most to tears. This book was hard to put down and detailed his time with her from 1960 to 1964. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna D'annunzio | 1/21/2014

    " Found this book very interesting. What the job entails for their safety. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 1/20/2014

    " I'm not a history buff in the least, but reading this made me learn so much about this family & want to learn more! LOVED it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 1/15/2014

    " A well written love letter to Mrs. Kennedy, and an absolutely fascinating look at the time period and what the Secret Services is charged with. I really liked the easy style of the writing and the fact that I learned new things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 12/25/2013

    " This book was amazing, I loved every minute and did not want it to end. Extremely well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzan Pinciotti | 11/17/2013

    " A unique glimpse into JBK's life in the White House. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 11/14/2013

    " A very different view of the Kennedy White House years. Definitely worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bettyann | 10/21/2013

    " I loved this book. There's been some criticism of Clint Hill, the author, but I believe this is a wonderful account of his time spent with Jacqueline Kennedy and his brief brushes with JFK himself. I will probably read this again in the future. I'm a Kennedy addict of course. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ivy | 9/30/2013

    " Yes, it was a fascinating historical account though woodenly written. Hill's portrait of Jackie was (if not unrealistically) annoyingly doting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Wischmeier | 8/26/2013

    " I, along with 99% of the US population, have always been interested in Jackie and the way she lived. This was a great book, especially coming from a man's perspective. Great book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy Lockwood | 6/25/2013

    " Be sure to watch the Mike Wallace interview on you tube after you finish the book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelly Sayagh | 6/25/2013

    " Interesting at first but then too corny and a bit superficial, I felt. Sad story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelsey | 6/5/2013

    " I really enjoyed it, this book offers a very unique look into the private life of Mrs. Kennedy during the White House years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 5/22/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. Very fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glen | 5/6/2013

    " A very enjoyable book by the Secret Service Agent, Clint Hill, assigned to guard Mrs. Kennedy throughout her time in the White House. Clint Hill also was on duty and by the car when President Kennedy was shot. An intriguing look behind the scenes and into the personality of the very private Jackie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aggie | 1/20/2013

    " A great read for anyone who is a fan of the Kennedy's or all things Presidential. Written by Mrs. Kennedy's secret service agent, a look at what goes on behind the scenes as well as their special relationship of trust. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbie57 | 12/22/2012

    " Not heavy reading but a lovely insight into the Secret Service. We tend to think of them as uninvolved not really human so this book really reverses that idea. Needless to say the last chapter was extremely hard to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 9/3/2012

    " Was a great read before listening to the Historical Conversation tapes. Gave interesting insight into the secret service detail and life in the white house. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin Bitz | 8/25/2012

    " Very interesting. Well written. Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Rennell | 7/3/2012

    " Interesting perspective On the years of Jackie Kennedy in the White House. I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samina Mujtaba | 4/14/2012

    " A true story of service, devotion and love. The book would touch you as every word seems straight from the heart. "

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About the Author
Clint Hill is the New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Kennedy and Me and Five Days in November. A former Secret Service agent who was in the presidential motorcade during the John F. Kennedy assassination, Hill remained assigned to Mrs. Kennedy until after the 1964 election. He then was assigned to President Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House and later to Richard Nixon, eventually becoming the Assistant Director of the Secret Service for all protection. He retired in 1975.
About the Narrator

Jeremy Bobb is an accomplished actor whose film credits include You Don’s Know Jack, Boy Wonder, and The Wolf of Wall Street. He has performed in numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, including Is He Dead? and Cactus Flower.