The Kennedy Detail (Enhanced Edition): JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 12, 2010 - History - 448 pages
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Enhanced with stunning videos and photographs throughout, illustrating the impact of Kennedy’s presidency and death, the true story of the critical events leading up to and following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, in full for the first time by the Secret Service agents who were firsthand witnesses to one of America’s greatest tragedies, and have lived for forty-seven years with unresolved guilt and grief.

Drawing on the memories of his fellow agents, Jerry Blaine captures the energetic, crowd-loving young president, who banned agents from his car and often plunged into raucous crowds with little warning. Here are vivid scenes that could come only from inside the Kennedy detail: JFK’s last words to his tearful son when he left Washington for the last time; how a sudden change of weather led to the choice of the open-air convertible limousine that day; Mrs. Kennedy standing blood-soaked outside a Dallas hospital room; the sudden interruption of six-year-old Caroline’s long-anticipated sleepover with a friend at home; the exhausted team of agents immediately reacting to the president’s death with a shift to LBJ and other key governmental figures; the agents’ dismay at Jackie’s decision to walk openly from the White House to St. Matthew’s Cathedral at the state funeral.

Most of all, this is a look into the lives of men who devoted their entire beings to protecting the presidential family: the stress of the secrecy they kept, the emotional bonds that developed, the terrible impact on agents’ psyches and families, and their astonishment at the country’s obsession with far-fetched conspiracy theories and finger-pointing. A book fifty years in coming, The Kennedy Detail is a portrait of incredible camaraderie and incredible heartbreak—a true, must-read story of heroism in its most complex and human form.
  

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Review: The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence

User Review  - B Town - Goodreads

A whole new perspective on the Kennedy Administration and assassination. These men adored JFK and his family and lived with the horrific and needless guilt of not being able to save him. An excellent read. Read full review

Review: The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence

User Review  - Jim Anderson - Goodreads

I had the opportunity to meet Mr Blaine at an event in Kansas City. He also signed my book that I purchased at the time. To meet someone that had first hand knowledge and experience with President ... Read full review

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Contents

When Time Stood Still
1
The
7
On the Detail
9
The PresidentElect Detail
32
The Threats
57
The Advance
75
The Risks
93
The First Ladys Detail
103
The Unimaginable
243
Darkness Falls
251
No Time for Tears
264
Burial
283
our lives
299
The End of Camelot
301
The Johnson Detail
315
The Pendulum Falls
326

The
117
The Summer of63
119
The Reelection Campaign
135
Rising Tensions
152
Texas
157
ThaT
179
The Final Hours
181
Six Seconds in Dallas
197
Breakdown
220
The Verdict
338
Confronting Conspiracies
346
Witness to History
365
Dont Call Me Hero
379
Epilogue by Gerald Blaine
395
Acknowledgments
403
List ofAbbreviations and Code Names
405
Index
409
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

As a Special Agent of the Secret Service on the White House Detail, Gerald “Jerry” Blaine had the privilege of serving three U.S. presidents during one of the most tumultuous times in American history.  After resigning from the Secret Service following John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Blaine embarked on a career path with IBM Corporation and became a leading expert in high-level security, lecturing worldwide on the use of computers in Criminal Justice and Intelligence. In 1990, Blaine retired from IBM and joined ARCO International Oil and Gas in Dallas, Texas as the Director of International Security, Government Relations and Foreign Affairs. After retiring from ARCO in 1999 Blaine spent four years with Hill & Associates, an Asian-based consulting company, as a Senior Consultant, and finally retired from the corporate world in 2003.  He now lives in in Grand Junction, Colorado with Joyce, his wife of more than fifty years. The couple has two children and four grandchildren.

Lisa McCubbin is an award-winning journalist who has been a television news anchor and reporter, hosted her own radio show, and spent more than five years in the Middle East as a freelance writer. She is the coauthor of the New York Times bestsellers Mrs. Kennedy and Me, Five Days in November, and The Kennedy Detail. Visit her at LisaMcCubbin.com.

Clint Hill is the New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Kennedy and Me and Five Days in November. A former United States Secret Service agent who was in the presidential motorcade during the John F. Kennedy assassination, Hill remained assigned to Mrs. Kennedy and the children until after the 1964 presidential election. He then was assigned to President Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House and later to Richard Nixon, eventually becoming the Assistant Director of the Secret Service for all protection. He retired in 1975.

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