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Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin

Narrated By: George Newbern

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: May 2016

Duration: 14 hours 33 minutes

Summary:

A rare and fascinating portrait of the American presidency from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Kennedy and Me and Five Days in November.

Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history intimately and vividly to life as he reflects on his seventeen years protecting the most powerful office in the nation. Hill walked alongside Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. 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 M. Nixon.

Some of his stunning, never-before-revealed anecdotes include:
-Eisenhower's reaction at Russian Prime Minister Khrushchev's refusal to talk following the U-2 incident
-The torture of watching himself in the Zapruder film in a Secret Service training
-Johnson's virtual imprisonment in the White House during violent anti-Vietnam protests
-His decision to place White House files under protection after a midnight phone call about Watergate
-The challenges of protecting Ford after he pardoned Nixon

With a unique insider's perspective, Hill sheds new light on the character and personality of these five presidents, revealing their humanity in the face of grave decisions.

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  • D Wilson

    Some interesting information. Very nice to hear the details of what happens behind the scenes. Clint Hill appears to have been a terrible husband and father. He even demonstrated concern when he asked another agent to consult his wife about taking a new role, but never discussed doing this with his own wife. Horrible. I however admire his devotion to the country.

  • Karen J

    Wonderful read about the close-up lives and history in the makling from Presidents Eisenhower thru Ford. Clint Hill witnessed and participated in so much history during that time. His insights into the personalities of the men he served is fascinating. He sacrificed his personal life and suffered a great deal of stress and depression as a result of witnessing the Kennedy assassination. Hill is obviously a man of great integrity and work ethic and I hope he finds peace.

  • Wayne P

    I thought it was a very insightful story. I didn't feel like the reading style fit the story, but the history kept my attention.

  • Christopher Z

    Incredible story of the evolution of the U.S. Secret Service. Just amazing how almost primitive it was in 1958 vs. when Clint Hill left in 1975. Sad to see how such a dedicated man had such difficulty reconciling the demons from the Kennedy assassination. The book was like eavesdropping on pivotal U.S. History with interesting anecdotes as well. Terrific.

  • Matt Mooney

    Fascinating read and insight into the life of a secret service agent. The author does a great job moving the story along so as to not boar the listener. Definitely a must get for any history addicts like myself.

  • Joan Jung

    It was an extraordinary journey for me too. What an eye opener to see how the men who protect our presidents and their families sacrifice every day. God Bless them all.

  • Crystal LaVenture

    .. a wonderful insight into the quality and qualities of 5 past Presidents