Five Presidents

Five Presidents

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

Book - 2016 | First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
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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.".
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2016.
Edition: First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476794136
Branch Call Number: 363.283092 Hill
Characteristics: x, 451 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: McCubbin, Lisa

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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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