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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 Skla Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 in 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them, never-before-published letters written by Jackie Kennedy in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, the bizarre unpublished story about a film Jackie made in September 1963 with the on-duty Secret Service agents about an assassination of the president, and the original November 18,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.

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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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by barry | 2/15/2014

    " Great historical account!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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. "

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About the Author

Gerald Blaine, as a special agent of the Secret Service on the White House detail, had the privilege of serving three United States presidents during one of the most tumultuous times in American history. After resigning from the Secret Service following John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Blaine embarked on a career path with IBM Corporation and became a leading expert in high-level security, lecturing worldwide on the use of computers in criminal justice and intelligence. He now lives in Grand Junction, Colorado, with his wife of more than fifty years.