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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better late than never
This book was a long time in coming - almost half a century, but it's arrival is a most welcome addition to the accurate, historical record.

Written by a man who was part of the Kennedy Detail for that fateful trip to Texas, the reader can have confidence that his recollections are honest and reliable.
Indeed, Clint Hill provides the forward to the book...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Historically inadequate
As you may have noticed from Amazon US, the reviews of this book are all over the place. Some liked it, others did not. I'm in the latter category.

This problem isn't, as some have claimed, that this book was written in the third person by a first-person source, Gerald Blaine. That's explained in the Introduction. It's that the book bears little evidence of...
Published on 23 Nov 2010 by Michael W. Perry


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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Historically inadequate, 23 Nov 2010
This review is from: The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence (Hardcover)
As you may have noticed from Amazon US, the reviews of this book are all over the place. Some liked it, others did not. I'm in the latter category.

This problem isn't, as some have claimed, that this book was written in the third person by a first-person source, Gerald Blaine. That's explained in the Introduction. It's that the book bears little evidence of having been written by someone with Blaine's background in security and technology. It gushes, it emotes, and it burdens readers with overabundance of trivial detail like travel writers. And, judging by her website, that is precisely what the "with author," Lisa McCubbin typically does for a living. It isn't hard to conclude that she was not the person who should have written this book.

That's unfortunate, because it could have been an important resource for historians for generations to come. Numerous interviews were conducted with the agents involved, but what we learn from them is the clothes they wore, the food they ate, and their feelings at particular moments. That's the stuff of travelogues but not of serious history.

Even worse, at critical points in the narrative the author seems unaware of the historical significance of what is taking place. One example is the clash that takes place between the local medical examiner and Secret Service agents over what is to be done with the President's body. Her focus isn't on what matters, the serious blunders that were being made by removing the President's body and limousine from the scene of the crime, it's on what Jacqueline Kennedy may have been feeling at that particular moment. McCubbin, whose adoration of the Kennedy's leaves her less than objective at times, seems unaware that in every other crime the victim's family simply have to cope with what criminal investigations require. Many of the conspiracies theories, which McCubbin clumsily dismisses near the end of the book, were born out of those blunders.

Finally, like others, I feel this book reads all too much like something that might have been written for Woman's Day magazine circa 1965. This book, in which "JFK's Secret Service Agents Break their Silience" contains almost nothing that those agents needed to be silent about. No one cares what they had for breakfast on that fateful day, and the details of the motorcade in which they participated have been known for decades. Others have described how the morale of JFK's Secret Service agents were destroyed by his pathological womanizing, which required unknown women to be smuggled into the White House or his hotel room at strange hours. But you will find not a word about that here. In this bit of romantic fiction, JFK was an ideal father in a storybook marriage. Lisa McCubbin didn't have to dwell on that sordid side of the Kennedy Presidency. But she should have at least shown us she was aware of it and discussed those aspects of it that were relevant to his Secret Service protection.

In short, this book fails to deliver on its promises.

--Michael W. Perry, editor of Chesterton on War and Peace: Battling the Ideas and Movements that Led to Nazism and World War II
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better late than never, 7 Nov 2010
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This review is from: The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence (Hardcover)
This book was a long time in coming - almost half a century, but it's arrival is a most welcome addition to the accurate, historical record.

Written by a man who was part of the Kennedy Detail for that fateful trip to Texas, the reader can have confidence that his recollections are honest and reliable.
Indeed, Clint Hill provides the forward to the book and, is featured prominently throughout. If Blaine's account is good enough for Clint Hill, it's good enough for me.

Blaine's own story is interwoven with the reminiscences of his colleagues who, along with him, were responsible for presidential security.

A recurring theme is that of the conflict between the political need for JFK's maximum exposure and the Secret Service's duty of maximum protection. It was a circle that could never be squared.

The reader is afforded a rare insight into the Secret Service and its men whose dedication to the job exacted a high price on them, their families and their lives. Nine-to-five it was not.

Blaine is ably assisted by Lisa McCubbin whose journalistic skill propels the narrative along toward the horrors of Dallas and beyond.

For readers who are genuinely interested in the JFK assassination and those whose careers and lives were forever changed by it, Blaine's book is required reading.

Barry
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Look at Youtube, 14 Mar 2014
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Ed Matson "Griffin" (B'ham West Midlands UK) - See all my reviews
There is a recording on YouTube where the three authors are promoting their book in front of an audience at the museum on the 6th floor in Dealey Plaza. The presenter informs the audience that there will be a question and answer question session after he has finished the interview with them.
Like the book, nothing of new interest is revealed and the subsequent Q&A session doesn't have many questions from the audience. One of them asks Gerry Blaine if his game of golf has suffered since he's been promoting the book; another asks Lisa McCubbin if it's her first visit to Dealey Plaza.
GerryBlaine says that when the three shots rang out, Clint Hill sprinted to JFK's limo probably as fast as 15mph! He doesn't explain what they were all doing staying behind standing on the second car. He says no one could be blamed - good old Clint got there as fast as posssible. Yes they could ! They failed to protect their President. As bodyguards, they should have all been standing on President Kennedy's limo.
There was only one interesting question. They were told that a Dallas police officer with his gun drawn raced up the grassy knoll and confronted a man standing behind the picket fence. This man produced a secret service ID card and so the police officer let him go. Yet both Hill and Blaine had earlier said that there were no SS men on the ground in Dealey Plaza. Asked to explain who this SS man might be,they both just shrugged their shoulders.
All in all, quite disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kennedy Detail., 14 Nov 2013
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FIRST CLASS BOOK .Telling the day today problems of trying to protect the President .Very good account of what the protectors saw and heard at the moment of the shooting . Very well written and easy to follow . A classic of its kind the authors can be proud of the book . I would recommend this book to everyone .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a bore, 25 Jun 2012
This review is from: The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence (Hardcover)
I didn't find this book to be a particularly great read and thats possibly my own fault as the previous three books I have read which involved Pres. Kennedy, Frederick Kempes "Berlin 1961", Jim Rasenbergers "The Brilliant Disaster" and Michael Dobbs "One Minute To Midnight", are, although completely different topics, brilliantly produced, professionally delivered for all intents and purposes historical accounts.

This book claims that the agents "Break Their Silence!!" in that they have not spoken since 1963, as if the Warren Commission, various interviews, and several other books never happened in the intervening years.

Some of the quotations from the agents regarding various conversations from 1963 are recorded here in an almost childish manner.
Like regarding a motorcade in Florida where Blaine asks another agent "If you've got any connection with the man upstairs we'd love to have it be pouring with rain next Monday".
To which Agent Peppers laughed saying I'll see what I can do. But remember this is Florida the sunshine state. I wouldn't count on it". In other words the Agents had their heads screwed on when it came to Kennedy's car either having or not having the hardtop raised, just to let the reader know.

Or "Hey Jer, Arnie gave me the name of a good Cuban restaurant not too far from here. Are you up for some local culture?" 'Sure that sounds super" Blaine said. "I just realized I didn't have lunch".

The chapter on Dallas doesn't really reveal any new information or revealing facts that hasn't been recorded a million times before.

The whole book is littered with bland verbal interactions between agents like how tired they were or how hot or cold the weather was. They were thinly stretched, they had to pay for their own suits and it just wasn't fair. Kenny O'Donnell and Dave Powers had them running everywhere.

If you can borrow this from your library like I did, fine but I wouldn't pay 18 quid for it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Kennedy detail, 1 April 2011
This review is from: The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence (Hardcover)
I was really looking forward to this book but was disappointed. You can tell that they really cared for JFK and felt that they could of done more to prevent the assassination. But it seems to me that they wanted to paint JFK as some sort of saint when the evidence proves otherwise. IE the drugs, and all the affairs. The book give the impression that you if you believe there was a conspiracy then you are wrong because they were there. I would appreciated it if this book told the truth about JFK as a whole, not selected bits. Ps I am a great admirer of JFK warts and all. GP
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fact or Fiction Section?, 8 Dec 2010
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Arthur Rice - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence (Hardcover)
The title promised a lot. Unfortunately, the contents produced ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!
These people had the opportunity to answer many important, critical questions about
that fateful event, but failed on a massive scale.
If you want to learn more about the Kennedy assassination, then avoid this!
Or maybe that is an important part of the jigsaw - the fact that they chose to ignore
any serious discussion about what really happened.
Doesn't this only draw attention to the fact that they are hiding something?
The conspiracies continue . . . . .
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Real Eye Opener., 9 Jan 2014
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E. Gibson (Glasgow. Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Very interesting, very detailed which can be a little off-putting. The "ins and outs" of all the Secret Service details of thei organisation can be a bit bewildering.

A Real Eye Opener.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Read, 11 Mar 2013
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If you are interested in JFK then this is an interesting read. I think it contains pockets of information that supports the view that the official version of JFK's assassination is not right at all. But it maintains that Kennedy was hit inthe head from behind. Vince Palamara is publishing a book soon which will be a more balanced view i think. A decent read none the less.
My copy of the book is high quality and delivered quickly.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kennedy, 15 Jan 2013
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This review is from: The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence (Hardcover)
Good read, a bit sad in parts, lonely role for the detail, huge impact on the families of the agents
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