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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (948 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gerald Blaine Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9781400189694
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Even today, almost five decades after John F. Kennedy was slain, the public continues to be captivated by the "Kennedy Curse" and new theories about what really happened on that fateful day in 1963. For nearly fifty years former Secret Service agent Clint Hill has lived with the unimaginable guilt of losing a president on his watch and has obeyed an honor code of silence, refusing to contribute to any books about the assassination. Until now. Hill was just eight feet from President Kennedy when bullets pierced the president's head right before his eyes. Covered with blood, Agent Hill pushed Jackie Kennedy into the back seat. Clinging to the trunk of the open-top limousine as it sped away from Dealey Plaza to Parkland Hospital, he slammed his fist in anger, as he looked back to the agents in the follow-up car. His eyes, filled with despair, told them what they already knew. Including contributions from over forty agents who were on the Kennedy Detail from November 1960 to November 1963 and those who knew them, never-before-published letters written by Jackie Kennedy in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, the bizarre unpublished story about a film Jackie made in September 1963 with the on-duty Secret Service agents about an assassination of the president, and the original November 18, 1963, Tampa security report from the author's personal files, which conspiracy theorists have long claimed was destroyed by the Secret Service, The Kennedy Detail provides an unfiltered look at the events surrounding this pivotal moment in American history. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An important contribution to Kennedy assassination literature because it presents in riveting detail the assassination from the agents’ perspective and describes the lifelong emotional burden the agents endured when their best efforts were not enough.”

    Library Journal

  • An important contribution to Kennedy assassination literature because it presents in riveting detail the assassination from the agents' perspective and describes the lifelong emotional burden the agents endured when their best efforts were not enough. Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vincent Alascia | 2/19/2014

    " It was an interesting read. Sadly I knew the ending but getting there kept my interest. The use of 3rd person was distracting a bit. I never felt a bond with the narrator. I guess that was by design but at the same time I missed it. If you have any interest in JFK you should pick this up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 barry | 2/15/2014

    " Great historical account!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krystal | 2/12/2014

    " I was very interested in this book. I loved the fact that is was written by people with first hand accounts of the First Family. There is a lot of emotion in this book, and although I did not think it possible, this book made me fall in love with JFK even more. The struggles that all of the agents (on duty and off) went through when JFK fell is clearly illistrated in this book. I did however, find that the book did not keep me fully engaged after the death and funeral of JFK. The book became a bit slow in parts after that. Overall though, I really enjoyed reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Stevens | 2/11/2014

    " This is another of the Kennedy era books I have just read. This one had a lot of detail and was sometimes bogged down by all the names to remember. But still another perspective on the life of JFK. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynsie | 2/8/2014

    " After a lifetime of hearing conspiracy theories and others' point of view, it was very enlightening to learn about the insiders view of this poignant event in our nation's history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim Cullison | 1/25/2014

    " Mediocre writing, but it is useful for debunking a number of salacious myths. Not bad, just not great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dina | 1/24/2014

    " Beautifully written, fascinating and devastating. This book is a must read. Especially for you, Tim Meaney. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 1/19/2014

    " Having some insight about the ss, I thought this book was intriguing and fascinating. This book is not historical as much as it is about the agent's lives during the Kennedy presidency. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Putrim | 1/6/2014

    " Interesting read about the days leading up to Kennedy's assassination and the intimate relationships that the secret service share with each other and the first family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 12/28/2013

    " Very interesting book about an event I remember clearly. Previously unknown facts because the Secret Service didn't share this info before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becki | 11/19/2013

    " I thought the first half was slow, but the second half was very interesting and educational. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keira Wickliffe | 11/17/2013

    " It was very well written! It was a perspective of what happened that you never hear of, and I actually learned a lot more about the what was going on during those times then I ever did in any of my history classes "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eunice | 11/12/2013

    " laborously written quite dull, yet did give in insight into the events. Obviously written by non writer, a very dedicated government worker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Paige | 10/28/2013

    " Good book. Would have been better if it didn't jump around in time so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Azsmistygirl | 10/26/2013

    " Interesting inside story of how secret service men dealt with Kennedy's family and his death and how it effected their lives. Took me a long time to read but was worth the time it took!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheri Meshal | 10/26/2013

    " Fascinating from beginning to end. Your heart breaks for these agents, especially Clint Hill, Mrs. Kennedy's personal agent. Reading his book next. Would've loved to have discussed this read with a group. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 9/1/2013

    " Very very interesting! A fascinating look at not only the Secret Service Agents who protected President Kennedy & his family, etc. but an insightful portrait into the Secret Service, in general, as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daryl Crompton | 8/11/2013

    " What a great view into the lives of the Kennedys. An especially good introspection into the lives of the families of the special agents on the Presidential Detail. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Spence | 8/6/2013

    " Great read. Neat to hear some of the behind the scenes of how the Secret Service works. Great stories told in a good way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonita Storbakken | 3/8/2013

    " I liked this book....I have read a few books about the Kennedy's and I lived thru JFK's asassination (!). I liked the 'first hand' accounting of this book. Very easy to read, enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karlene | 12/28/2012

    " Very interesting! I had a hard time remembering who the agents were, but a very interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 12/7/2012

    " A very telling account of the six seconds it took to kill JFK. An event in history we all remember where we were and what we were doing. I have a greater respect for all the men and women who serve our country as Secret Service agents. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine Crosthwaite | 3/21/2012

    " Fascinating!!! The inside scoop of President Kennedy's assassination from the perspective of the Secret Service on duty. Their story is heartbreaking as it affected the lives of each man. They all felt responsible and that they could have done more, but there was nothing that anyone could do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 5/14/2011

    " this is an interesting look into an untapped piece of history. i'm not so sure that i believe the neutral tone of the book. it seems that the loyality the officers held for kennedy's is still in place. but it still is worth your time and effort. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 5/5/2011

    " Very good to hear from those who were there. I'm so glad I read this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eunice | 3/16/2011

    " laborously written quite dull, yet did give in insight into the events. Obviously written by non writer, a very dedicated government worker. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 3/8/2011

    " Great book, lots of interesting details relating to the assassination and the Kennedy family before and after the president was killed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 3/1/2011

    " Very well-written and the organization of the book makes it read like a novel. Fantastic recount of the lives of the agents, great stories about a beloved president and his family. Recommend as a read to all generations! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 3/1/2011

    " A touch slow in the first half. Fascinating read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 2/24/2011

    " A very insightful,heartwrenching "behind the scenes" account of the brief Kennedy years and those few moments in our American history that fowever changed so many of us. I read it cover to cover without putting it down and am most apprecitative of the author's personal revelations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 2/19/2011

    " Agents were dedicated and loyal. I wonder what they saw but were not willing to tell others.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 2/17/2011

    " Lots of fascinating detail about the secret service and the people they protect
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 2/15/2011

    " Good book. Would have been better if it didn't jump around in time so much. "

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