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Of all of the many books about President Kennedy¿s assassination
All of the other books about the assassination must use secondary sources or rumors. That is not the case in “Five Days in November” because Clint Hill was there as shown in many of the photos. He succinctly describes exactly what he saw and the narrative tracks the many photos so closely that there is no need for captions. His narration gives meaning to iconic photos as well as images never seen before.
It is rare indeed for such a dramatic and important historical event to be described fifty years later in such exquisite detail by a witness to the event. The writing is tight, crisp, straightforward and unflinching without an agenda. So many minute details are revealed for the first time such that the reader seems to be carried along on the fateful trip. The emotions that we felt then seem to come back in full force. The story is highly readable even though we know the ending and wish it could be different.
Thank you Mr. Hill for sharing with us what you saw. Even though it must have been difficult for you to relive those five days, this book is an important contribution to the historical record. Everyone should read this book whether you are old enough to have experienced the horror and grief or young enough to only know about it second hand.
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Posted November 24, 2013
As we came to the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's death,
As we came to the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's death, I wanted to hear from an eyewitness to the tragedy in Dallas. On the day of the assassination, I was 9 years old. Mr. Hill's recollections are a treasure for all of us who remember this day in our own way. Many thanks to him for his service and for this memoir.
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Posted January 28, 2014
Great Read for Jackie fans
I really enjoyed this book. It gave me insight into a part of the Kennedy era that I was unfamiliar with: the view from the Secret Service. I have always been intrigued by Jacqueline Kennedy. Mr. Hill was definitely a Jackie fan, while still trying to take you inside the daily details of being first lady. The amount of time spent away from the White House was eye-opening and the book stayed clear of any opinion on the rumored President's extra-marital affairs. I especially liked learning the inside details about the funeral, and events following the assassination. I hope you enjoy this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.