Friday, September 16, 2022

Friday Book Blog Hop: Mrs. Kennedy and Me


Memoir, politics, nonfiction

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The #1 New York Times bestselling memoir by Clint Hill that Kirkus Reviews called “clear and honest prose free from salaciousness and gossip,” Jackie Kennedy’s personal Secret Service agent details his very close relationship with the First Lady during the four years leading up to and following President John F. Kennedy’s tragic assassination.

In those four years, Hill was by Mrs. Kennedy’s side for some of the happiest moments as well as the darkest. He was there for the birth of John, Jr. on November 25, 1960, as well as for the birth and sudden death of Patrick Bouvier Kennedy on August 8, 1963. Three and a half months later, the unthinkable happened.

Forty-seven years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the one vivid image that never leaves Clint Hill’s mind is that of President Kennedy’s head lying on Mrs. Kennedy’s lap in the back seat of the limousine, his eyes fixed, blood splattered all over the back of the car, Mrs. Kennedy, and Hill as well. Sprawled on the trunk of the car as it sped away from Dealey Plaza, Hill clung to the sides of the car, his feet wedged in so his body was as high as possible.

Clint Hill jumped on the car too late to save the president, but all he knew after that first shot was that if more shots were coming, the bullets had to hit him instead of the First Lady.

Mrs. Kennedy’s strength, class, and dignity over those tragic four days in November 1963 held the country together.

This is the story, told for the first time, of the man who perhaps held her together.

Ornery Owl's Mini Review

A must-read for any 20th-century history buff. Very well-written. I truly felt both the joys and sorrows that Mr. Hill and Mrs. Kennedy shared while he was assigned to protect her. 

The First Line/Book Beginnings

It was with great trepidation that I approached 3307 N Street in Georgetown on November 11, 1960.

The Friday 56

Finally, on October 9, 1962, we were headed back to the White House. The Caroline was unavailable, so Mrs. Kennedy, Caroline, John, and I, along with the Kiddie Detail agents and several staff members, boarded a U.S. Air Force plane and flew to National Airport in Washington, D.C.

Book Blogger Hop

16th - 22nd - What are your favorite characteristics of a main character? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

All the main characters in my books are great. So are the side characters. You can't miss with characters from a Naughty Netherworld Press story! Check them out here. 

I like characters who have something relatable about them. It's always a bit unsettling if the main character is a serial killer or such and I relate to some aspect of their personality. Not as in "oh yes, I always prefer a downward stroke with my axe when delivering the killing blow too," but as in "I've never felt like I belonged either."

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