Mrs. Kennedy and Me

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Our spring book selection is Mrs. Kennedy and Me, by Clint Hill.

From 1960 until 1964, Mr. Hill was the U.S. Secret Service agent assigned to guard Jacqueline Kennedy. Initially he resisted this assignment. He had been loyal to President Dwight D. Eisenhower and was facing an incoming opposition party. Mrs. Kennedy had rejected her first Secret Service agent. If she okayed Hill, he would have to take the assignment or end his career.

From that inauspicious beginning, Hill and Mrs. Kennedy forged a tight alliance, even an enduring friendship. This memoir is not a “tell-all,” scandalous, dirt-dishing book, but a “tender, enthralling, and tragic portrayal of how a Secret Service agent who started life in a North Dakota orphanage became the most trusted man in the life of the First Lady who captivated first the nation and then the world.”

This review was published in Sightlines, CRRL's Assistive Services newsletter.