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 portrait of the American presidency. Hill delivers the perspective 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.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster, Inc., c2016.
Edition: 1st Gallery Books hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781476794136
1476794138
Call Number: 973.921 HILL
Characteristics: x, 451 p, [32]p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Hill, Clint.
United States. Secret Service -- Officials and employees -- Biography.
United States. Secret Service -- History.
Presidents -- Protection -- United States.
Secret service -- United States -- History.
Presidents -- United States -- 20th century.
Autobiographies.
Additional Contributors: McCubbin, Lisa
Alternative Title: 5 presidents

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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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