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

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

Highly recommended; a good read.

The Kennedy Detail, ISBN 978-1-4391-9296-2, Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 427-pages, by Gerald S. Blaine: is the first comprehensive look into the thoughts and actions of the Secret Service agents who were tasked with protecting President John F. ...
The Kennedy Detail, ISBN 978-1-4391-9296-2, Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 427-pages, by Gerald S. Blaine: is the first comprehensive look into the thoughts and actions of the Secret Service agents who were tasked with protecting President John F. Kennedy over the months leading up to that fateful day, November 22, 1963, in Dallas, TX, when those who were present in the motorcade bore first-hand witness to the assassination of the President. These men were there, they did not acquire their knowledge from dusty public archives or the Internet, as some so-called experts have done, rather they were eye witnesses before, during, and after an historic event that has captured the imagination of people the world over. Blaine's story is told in the third person narrative, a relatively uncommon form, but in this case it allows the author to be a participant, which he was, rather than just the teller of the tale. The author's research was exhaustive, obviously entailing correspondence and telephone conversations with his compatriots, along with extensive travel to personally verify details with his respondents. Rather than dry historical verbiage, Blaine weaves the recollections of actual conversations between the agents and members of the first family into the sequence of historical events, making the narrative character-driven. As the stage is set the reader is made aware of the daily details that can only result from eye witness accounts compiled from notes made by the agents, as well as their collective memories, at the time of occurrence. As a result, the reader will acquire details and insight into the personal lives of the first family and the agents of the Kennedy detail that have never before been available as the author builds momentum toward the inevitable conclusion. Not everyone will like this book, for it refutes much of the flawed information that has resulted after the fact. The author does not address any of the resulting conspiracy theories arising from the event; for that is not his purpose. Rather, he conveys the deeply personal feelings, honor, integrity, and heart wrenching sense of guilt carried by the agents of the President's detail over almost half a century. His desire to tell their personal story is precisely his stated reason for writing about the event that has haunted the members of the Kennedy detail for most of their lives. And he does it well.

posted by JAHunsinger on February 20, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

17 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

Awesome!

This is the best book I've ever read about the JFK assassination. I should know because I think I have them all! I couldn't put this book down. No conspiracy theories here. Just the truth from the honorable men who were there and witnessed this horrific murder. A must b...
This is the best book I've ever read about the JFK assassination. I should know because I think I have them all! I couldn't put this book down. No conspiracy theories here. Just the truth from the honorable men who were there and witnessed this horrific murder. A must buy for anyone who remembers where they were the day it happened.

posted by 4022493 on November 13, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    My brother is a Secret Service agent and has no respect for Blai

    My brother is a Secret Service agent and has no respect for Blaine or Hill.
    Doreen Jansen

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2012

    terrible-Vince Palamara's work is far superior

    terrible-Vince Palamara's work is far superior

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    poor-only a true piece of ____ would blame the deceased presiden

    poor-only a true piece of ____ would blame the deceased president for his own assassination
    Joyce B

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Blaine is a coward and this book reflects his cowardice. In my o

    Blaine is a coward and this book reflects his cowardice. In my opinion, he is no better than Hitler or Osama Bin Laden. May he burn in Hell for blaming JFK for his own death. This book is terrible.
    C Zboril

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Vincent Palamara's book- now that is the book to get, not this o

    Vincent Palamara's book- now that is the book to get, not this one

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    hated it

    hated it

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Pure crud-avoid steve jansen

    Pure crud-avoid
    steve jansen

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    terrible

    terrible

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    AVOID

    AVOID

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    awful!!

    awful!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2012

    There are some nice qualities about this book, like the insight

    There are some nice qualities about this book, like the insight from those that were responsible for protecting the president that awful day, but unfortunately it's what the book fails to include that leaves you wanting. You will enjoy being able see these Secret Service agents as human beings, but then your intelligence will be insulted when it's insinuated that Oswald acted alone. This book seems to be like some of the agents have a guilty conscious (and many of them should save Clint Hill). The fact that they lay the blame for that day at JFK is disturbing. What's worse is they play off the Oswald thing which by now anyone with a brain knows is not the whole story. If these men REALLY wanted to honor Kennedy's legacy they WOULD NOT continue to spew the Warren Commission garbage that's been proved wrong OVER AND OVER. In many ways this book desecrates the memory of JFK. It seems they forget to mention that MANY of the Secret Service agents WERE OUT PARTYING LATE the night before his murder. Clint Hill is the only agent I come out of this book with respect for. And where is the mention of the HORRIFIC driver practically stopping the car, instead of gunning it the second he hears shots? This book seems like it has an agenda, and that agenda DOES NOT involve seeking the truth about JFK's assassination OR honoring his memory. Save your money!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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