The Kennedy detail: JFK's secret service agents break their silence
Drawing on the memories of his fellow agents, Jerry Blaine captures the energetic, crowd-loving young president, who banned agents from his car and often plunged into raucous crowds with little warning. He describes the careful planning that went into JFK's Texas swing, the worries and concerns that agents, working long hours with little food or rest, had during the trip. And he describes the intensely private first lady making her first-ever political appearance with her husband, just months after losing a newborn baby.
Here are vivid scenes that could come only from inside the Kennedy detail: JFK's last words to his tearful son when he left Washington for the last time; how a sudden change of weather led to the choice of the open-air convertible limousine that day; Mrs. Kennedy standing blood-soaked outside a Dallas hospital room; the sudden interruption of six-year-old Caroline's long-anticipated sleepover with a friend at home; the exhausted team of agents immediately reacting to the president's death with a shift to LBJ and other key governmental figures; the agents' dismay at Jackie's decision to walk openly from the White House to St. Matthew's Cathedral at the state funeral.
Most of all, this is a look into the lives of men who devoted their entire beings to protecting the presidential family: the stress of the secrecy they kept, the emotional bonds that developed, the terrible impact on agents' psyches and families, and their astonishment at the country's obsession with far-fetched conspiracy theories and finger-pointing. A book fifty years in coming, The Kennedy Detail is a portrait of incredible camaraderie and incredible heartbreak--a true, must-read story of heroism in its most complex and human form.
A medic burst out of the trauma room, and instinctively Clint Hill took a step toward Mrs. Kennedy. "He's still breathing," the man said as he rushed past. Mrs. Kennedy stood up. "Do you mean he may live?" she asked.
No one answered.
Kellerman handed the phone back to Hill and rushed back into the trauma room.
"Clint, what happened?" Jerry Behn asked earnestly.
"Shots fired during the motorcade," Clint said as he kept an eye on Mrs. Kennedy across the hall. "It all happened so fast. We were five minutes away from the Trade Mart. . . . The situation is critical. Jerry, prepare for the worst. . . ."
The operator cut into the line, "Attorney General Robert Kennedy wants to talk to Agent Hill."
"What's going on down there?!" Bobby Kennedy demanded.
"Shots fired during the motorcade," Clint repeated. "The president is very seriously injured. They're working on him now. Governor Connally was hit too."
"Well, what do you mean, seriously injured? How serious?"
Clint swallowed hard. It was all he could do to keep it together. "It's as bad as it can get."
--From The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence
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|display_description||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 with 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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|subject_facet||Kennedy, John F. -- (John Fitzgerald), -- 1917-1963 -- Assassination, United States. -- Secret Service -- Officials and employees -- Biography|
|table_of_contents||Introduction : when time stood still -- The men -- On the detail -- The president-elect detail -- The threats -- The advance -- The risks -- The first lady's detail -- The job -- The summer of '63 -- The reelection campaign -- Rising tensions -- Texas -- That day -- The final hours -- Six seconds in Dallas -- Breakdown -- The unimaginable -- Darkness falls -- No time for tears -- Burial -- Our lives -- The end of Camelot -- The Johnson detail -- The pendulum falls -- The verdict -- Confronting conspiracies -- Clint Hill : witness to history -- Clint Hill : don't call me hero.|
|title||The Kennedy detail : JFK's secret service agents break their silence|
|title_display||The Kennedy detail : JFK's secret service agents break their silence|
|title_full||The Kennedy detail : JFK's secret service agents break their silence / Gerald Blaine with Lisa McCubbin, The Kennedy detail: JFK's secret service agents break their silence [electronic resource] / Gerald Blaine with Lisa McCubbin|
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|title_sub||JFK's secret service agents break their silence|
|topic||Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 Assassination, United States. Secret Service Officials and employees Biography|
|topic_facet||Assassination, Kennedy, John F, Officials and employees|