A rare and fascinating portrait of the American presidency from the number-one New York Times best-selling author of Mrs. Kennedy and Me and Five Days in November.
Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history intimately and vividly to life as he reflects on his 17 years protecting the most powerful office in the nation. Hill walked alongside Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford, seeing them through a long, tumultuous era - the Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate; and the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard M. Nixon.
Some of his stunning, never-before-revealed anecdotes include:
With a unique insider's perspective, Hill sheds new light on the characters and personalities of these five presidents, revealing their humanity in the face of grave decisions.
©2016 Hill McCubbin, LLC. (P)2016 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
This is the best audiobook I have ever read. If you have even the slightest interest in any of the 5 US presidents from Eisenhower to Ford then this is a must read. Full credit to the narrator George Newbern who's voice seemed to take me back in time to the 1960's.
Clint Hill as a member of the secret service has done a great service in writing this book. It makes you realize the great sacrifices that these agents make for their job.
"Narration flawed by mispronunciation."
As one who was glued to the television during the Watergate hearings, I was distracted from the story by the narrator who didn't bother to find out the correct pronunciation of the names of people and places.
As a book that traces the history of the major political events of my lifetime, I found this to be a fascinating journal of one secret service agent's extraordinary eyewitness account of what went on to protect the president of the United States from the 1950's through the 1970's. For me it humanized each of the presidents and have me an even higher regard for the men and women whose jobs it is to protect our nation's leaders, even at the risk of their lives.
"True American Hero"
With the previous excellent books by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin detailing his experiences with JFK it is interesting to hear about his service with the other presidents, as well as a more in depth look at his life after the Secret Service. The only negative is George Newbern's sometimes bland reading and occasional mispronunciations, though that does not diminish the impact of this true American hero's story.
"A real drag of a book that should have been terrific"
What an opportunity! Serving five of the most vivid Presidents in recent history. Watching them up close and personally.
Clint Hill, loyal and ever mum about anything interesting or new, writes like a Danny do-good fifth grader. The book is narrated by a voice that sounds right out of a high school public speaking class.
Hill's choice of travelogue adjectives on a 15 country tour with Ike is so cliche ridden I had stop the narration. You could go to sleep bored to tears by these squeaky clean, tell-nothing pair! What a shame. A chance of a lifetime drowned in cliches!
I thought the book was quite interesting. It did not go as much into the personality of the presidents he protected as I wanted but it is a very interesting look at the day-to-day life of a Secret Service agent
I loved this book! Well constructed. I learned so much about the personalities of these presidents as well as the events that defined them.
Everyone. I doesn't matter if you're American or not, this book is very accessible for everyone.
Nope, but he was very listenable. Being Australian, I do preference English readers but the American accent is listenable.
The death of the Kennedy's child, the account of the death of John F. Kennedy and Clint Hill recollecting that moment for 60 Minutes.
It gave me a great respect for all of those who are in the position of leadership. Whether it be a Prime Minister of AUS or the President of the USA. It also makes me even more cautious of the candidates for the 2016 presidential election and the character of the person who will be elected into the role of the President.
Lots of interesting material. Amazing memories of the presidents, their likes, dislikes and those who liked and disliked them. Very poignant view of those who protect our nation's leaders. I definitely recommend this book.
"Great history lessons!"
I have now read all 3 of Clint Hill's books & they each offer something different. I enjoy hearing about the strengths & weaknesses of each man in office & how they shaped history. Mr. Hill's view from the top was both informative & entertaining.
"Very good book!"
I liked the honesty that was expressed by the author in this book. It was a somewhat bittersweet trip through he 50's-mid 70's which was the era in which I grew up in.
"Well worth a listen!"
I was sad when this book ended. It's was very interesting to learn about the back stage life of the people who lived and worked at the White House. If you like modern history you'll love this!
"Fascinating glimpse behind the scenes"
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. It offers a unique perspective on the men behind the presidency, along with the development of the secret service.
While, the book started a little slow, with the section on the tours of the Eisenhower administration feeling drawn out, from Kennedy on, the later sections were engrossing. You cant help but marvel at the huge number of historic moments Hill observed through his career.
Lastly, the narration was excellent. I am very happy to recommend the book.
"Behind the scenes of the guy who protected the most powerful men in the world"
He's journey from a normal agent to the presidential detail is phenomenal and his rise through the ranks .
Amazing insight into the Jfk assassination
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