Five Presidents

Five Presidents

My Extraordinary Journey With Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford

Book - 2016
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Retired Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history to life with this rare and fascinating portrait of the American presidency. Hill delivers a stunning perspective from the eyes of an everyman who saw some of the most historic moments of the 20th century during his seventeen years protecting the most powerful office in the nation. Hill walked alongside Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford, seeing them through a long, tumultuous era: the Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate and the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard Nixon. With a unique insider's perspective and a moving touch, Hill sheds new light on the character and personality of these five presidents, revealing their humanity in the face of grave decisions. Adapted from dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2016.
Edition: First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476794136
1476794138
9781476794143
1476794146
Branch Call Number: 363.283 HIL
Characteristics: x, 451 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: McCubbin, Lisa - Author

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Clint Hill is a retried Secret Service Agent who protected the most powerful office of our nation in the twenty- first century


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mebacher
Oct 04, 2019

Extraordinary. From Kennedy's assassination and LBJ's swearing in to the Apollo 11 launch and Nixon's farewell, a fascinating account from a man who was eye witness to more historic 20th century American moments than probably any other human being. Highly recommend.

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mwhite726
Apr 04, 2019

Very well written and easy to read. So many little stories about five Presidents who shaped post WWII America and policy. Worth the time to read.

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mammothhawk229e
Sep 11, 2018

Nice everyman memoir on an overworked underappreciated government worker assigned to protect the President 24/7 with United States or overseas that affected his family life & his health.
It also highlighted the evolution & expansion of the secret service, historical events big or small & the quirks of the presidents, their wives & the vice presidents.
Big huh on President Johnson apologizing to Secret service on verbally abusing them on their work & going to wherever without advance warning.
Gave a more human picture of vice president Spiro Agnew before he was charged & jailed.

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dthomas6
Nov 19, 2016

Revealing insight into five wildly different Presidents' character. Some of it is predictable: Kennedy was warm, Nixon ice-cold, LBJ cantankerous and unpredictable. But who knew Ike had a serious addiction? Playing 18 holes of golf 12 straight days. Or that Spiro Agnew was actually fun, charming and inclusive? Good stuff here.

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cardigramma
Sep 22, 2016

I really enjoyed this book. Lots of behind the scenes information about the presidents and Secret Service procedures. Mr. Hill's anguish over the Kennedy assassination was vividly described.

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