Monday, April 23, 2012

Book Review--Mrs. Kennedy and Me--An Intimate Memoir

Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate MemoirMrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir by Clint Hill

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

"Mrs. Kennedy and Me" may be an intimate memoir but it is not a tell-all, gossipy book. Clint Hill keeps his cards close to his chest while taking us through the emotions he felt from the moment he found out he would be assigned to guard Mrs. Kennedy after the 1960 election, to the time, a year after the assassination, when they parted company for the last time.

In spite of this book not being a scandal-mongering book, Hill's memoir may go a certain distance in squelching the conspiracy theories (for those not hell-bent on believing them.) He does tell, for instance, the reason they had to switch caskets for the president is because the original casket wouldn't fit into Air Force One unless the Secret Service pulled off the handles, which they did.

All in all, it is a good read for history buffs, and for those who lived through this particular period in our nation's history.

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