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Five Days in November Paperback – 1 Dec 2014
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"Chronology, photographs and personal knowledge combine to make a memorable commemorative presentation."--Kirkus
"Talk about being unable to put a book down; I was enthralled with this memoir from start to finish."--Liz Smith on Mrs. Kennedy and Me
Chronology, photographs and personal knowledge combine to make a memorable commemorative presentation. --Kirkus"
"With clear and honest prose free of salaciousness and gossip, Hill (ably assisted by McCubbin) evokes not only a personality both beautiful and brilliant, 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 starred review of Mrs Kennedy and Me
"[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 (3 1/2 stars)
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.See all Product description
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Clint Hill was 31 years old in 1963 and had been one the Secret Service agents assigned to guard Jacqueline Kennedy since the inauguration nearly three years before. She called him "Mr Hill" and he called her "Mrs Kennedy"; the respect they held for each other was real. He was the agent who had leaped onto the back of the car, pushing Jacqueline back into the car as she was reaching for a piece of the president's skull. He has lived the last 50 years wondering why he wasn't fast enough to save the president.
The text of the book looks at the four days - from leaving the White House on Nov 21st, a happy President and First Lady - to returning the following night with the presidential casket through the weekend and then the President's funeral and procession. The pictures are not captioned but the text accompanying them are all the explanation needed.
I usually write much longer and detailed reviews. I can't do that with this book tonight. Just please take my word that this is a book worth reading and keeping.
Readers seeking a detailed rendering and analysis of the assassination will not find it here, however. Hill offers no views on the arcane matters of ballistics, medical evidence or the assassin. Clint Hill confines his writing to only the events that he was involved in and that he had first-hand knowledge of. He didn’t investigate the crime; he became ‘collateral damage’ as a result of it.
In many ways this book reads like diary. Beginning with the departure from the White House the day before the assassination, Agent Hill offers intimate insights into his thoughts, words and deeds.
He was responsible for the personal protection of Mrs Kennedy and the bulk of the narrative revisits his interactions with her.
The Dallas trip turns from triumph to tragedy when Oswald opens fire. The lives of millions are affected and changed forever. Clint Hill was affected more profoundly than most.
The anguish that he and his fellow agents went through began even before the speeding motorcade reached Parkland hospital. Hill could see that JFK was already dead and, with a thumbs-down sign to the follow-up car, he made his fellow agents aware of the disaster that had befallen them and the world.
From here on, the book is emotionally highly charged. Hill struggles mightily to retain his professionalism as the normal, human emotions of guilt, loss and anger rage within him. His sense of ‘failure’ permeates much of what follows.
To the outsider, such a sense of ‘guilt’ seems hugely misplaced. Hill and his colleagues could have done nothing to prevent Oswald’s cowardly attack. Oswald was hidden from their view and he shot JFK in the back.
Hill’s reaction was conspicuously brave and, for all he knew or cared, more bullets might have been coming. He risked his life, but it was in vain.
The book is replete with photographs and those which cover the lying-in-State and funeral are especially poignant. The accompanying text reveals Clint Hill at his lowest ebb. He suffered greatly.
‘Five Days In November’ is an intimate and powerful narrative of one man’s nightmare made real. It’s a fascinating read.
The story is told by Secret Service Agent Clint Hill who, in the recording of the event since then, was seen by the billion viewers jumping on the back of the presidential limousine in a desperate attempt to protect the JFK and his wife.
What makes this book different in relation to a number of previously issued books on same theme is that it provides first-person details of that horrible day that marked world history, together as never seen before pictures.
The author managed to create book that is intimate, touching and powerful, but also completely and authentically covered story made in documentary style.
That way, he has succeeded to bring his story of these unfortunate five days closer to younger readers which this year yet hasn’t been born.
On the other hand, a reader shouldn’t expect to read the book to be able to find out who is really behind the JFK assassination; there are no conspiracy theories inside or some new details that completely change the perception of the reader what happened that day.
Instead the reader is able to read the story of a man who somehow feels guilty having failed to prevent the tragedy, although his guilt for that is irrational.
And therefore he feels the need to publicly present all that has changed his life from that day, but also the lives of other Americans and people around the world.
Due to that his extensive, warm, human, but also documentary accurate work can certainly be recommended for reading.
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