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Five Presidents Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

A rare and fascinating portrait of the American presidency from the number-one New York Times best-selling 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 17 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 to 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 characters and personalities of these five presidents, revealing their humanity in the face of grave decisions.

©2016 Hill McCubbin, LLC. (P)2016 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    "History as it happened"

    I listened to Mrs Kennedy and Me and found that to be so very interesting. This book really brings home how much dedication to duty there is. All the different Presidential egos to deal with.
    The service really does go above and beyond. Clint Hill has seen it all.

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    francesca 08/11/2016
    francesca 08/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Well worth a listen!"

    I was sad when this book ended. It's was very interesting to learn about the back stage life of the people who lived and worked at the White House. If you like modern history you'll love this!

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    Eoin 20/05/2016
    Eoin 20/05/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating glimpse behind the scenes"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. It offers a unique perspective on the men behind the presidency, along with the development of the secret service.

    While, the book started a little slow, with the section on the tours of the Eisenhower administration feeling drawn out, from Kennedy on, the later sections were engrossing. You cant help but marvel at the huge number of historic moments Hill observed through his career.

    Lastly, the narration was excellent. I am very happy to recommend the book.

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    josh 27/06/2016
    josh 27/06/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Behind the scenes of the guy who protected the most powerful men in the world"

    He's journey from a normal agent to the presidential detail is phenomenal and his rise through the ranks .
    Amazing insight into the Jfk assassination

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    22/11/16
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    "Fascinating Journey"

    As a book that traces the history of the major political events of my lifetime, I found this to be a fascinating journal of one secret service agent's extraordinary eyewitness account of what went on to protect the president of the United States from the 1950's through the 1970's. For me it humanized each of the presidents and have me an even higher regard for the men and women whose jobs it is to protect our nation's leaders, even at the risk of their lives.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    COLUMBIA, MO, United States
    21/05/16
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    "True American Hero"

    With the previous excellent books by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin detailing his experiences with JFK it is interesting to hear about his service with the other presidents, as well as a more in depth look at his life after the Secret Service. The only negative is George Newbern's sometimes bland reading and occasional mispronunciations, though that does not diminish the impact of this true American hero's story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lynn
    Georgia
    08/05/16
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    "Narration flawed by mispronunciation."

    As one who was glued to the television during the Watergate hearings, I was distracted from the story by the narrator who didn't bother to find out the correct pronunciation of the names of people and places.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Rob Campbell
    27/06/16
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    "Tremendous!"

    This book was excellent. I love presidential history but am always a little skeptical of someone claiming to have insider information. I thought Clint Hill did a very good job of telling a very interesting story through his eyes without sensationalizing the details. I listened to this book on a long drive and found the hours flying by.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rosemary
    Greenwich, CT, United States
    17/05/16
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    "A real drag of a book that should have been terrific"

    What an opportunity! Serving five of the most vivid Presidents in recent history. Watching them up close and personally.
    Clint Hill, loyal and ever mum about anything interesting or new, writes like a Danny do-good fifth grader. The book is narrated by a voice that sounds right out of a high school public speaking class.
    Hill's choice of travelogue adjectives on a 15 country tour with Ike is so cliche ridden I had stop the narration. You could go to sleep bored to tears by these squeaky clean, tell-nothing pair! What a shame. A chance of a lifetime drowned in cliches!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan
    16/05/16
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    "Interesting"

    I thought the book was quite interesting. It did not go as much into the personality of the presidents he protected as I wanted but it is a very interesting look at the day-to-day life of a Secret Service agent

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sharise Thompson
    14/05/16
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    "amazing story"

    I loved this book! Well constructed. I learned so much about the personalities of these presidents as well as the events that defined them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Claudette Kosinski
    18/07/17
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    "Enjoyed it."

    I especially enjoyed Clint Hill's accounts from the presidents other than Kennedy. Great historical referencing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Papa Charlie
    Carlisle, PA USA
    09/07/17
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    "Interesting, but...."

    There were some very interesting insights into the various presidents. And some rather entertaining/spellbinding incidents that occurred. But the book could have been reduced by at least a third and possibly more by cutting out the endless references to time spent away from his family, the technical designation of the presidential limousines, the size of the crowds, and how they constantly relied on local assistance.
    I wound up having to put the book down because I got so tired of the endless repetition of details.
    A pity, because parts of the book were quite fascinating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • william e. flippin
    14/04/17
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    "Great Read!"

    I would highly recommend this book! If you are a lover of history, presidential history, then you would love this book. This is a first hand eye witness to history from someone protecting 5 presidents. Easy to listen to and follow. Again GREAT BOOK!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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