Five Days in November

Five Days in November

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by Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin, Jeremy Bobb
     
 

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The New York Times bestselling authors of Mrs. Kennedy and Me share the stories behind the five infamous, tragic days surrounding JFK’s assassination, published in remembrance of the beloved president on the fiftieth anniversary of his death.

Clint Hill will forever be remembered as the lone secret service agent who jumped onto

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The New York Times bestselling authors of Mrs. Kennedy and Me share the stories behind the five infamous, tragic days surrounding JFK’s assassination, published in remembrance of the beloved president on the fiftieth anniversary of his death.

Clint Hill will forever be remembered as the lone secret service agent who jumped onto the car after President Kennedy was shot, clinging to its sides as it sped toward the hospital. Even now, decades after JFK’s presidency, the public continues to be fascinated with the Kennedys—America’s royal family. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Hill recounts his indelible memories of those five days leading up to, and after, that tragic day in November 1963. Hill, as Jackie’s guard, experienced those days firsthand. Hill provides a moment-to-moment narration evoking the feelings and emotions behind the images—clearing up the persistent conspiracy misconceptions along the way.

Told movingly by a man who still wishes he could undo it all, Five Days in November is a rare and deeply personal look at the assassination that affected the entire world and changed the United States forever.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/19/2013
What this book—whose contents we’ve waited 50 years for—lacks in artistry, it makes up for in immediacy. Hill was one of the Secret Service agents beside J.F.K.’s car at the time of his assassination, and he managed to clamber onto the trunk in an attempt to protect the chief executive and his wife. Hill continues to feel guilty over the president’s death. His account offers new, minute details of the events in Dallas and Washington, D.C., immediately before and after J.F.K.’s death. Sometimes those details are unnecessary and his precise recollection of them seems difficult to believe. But the book’s photographs—some rare, some probably never seen before—are a particular strength. Astonishingly, however, none of them is captioned, nor are any of the locations, figures, or events in them identified. This inexplicable omission is unlikely to dent the book’s appeal to aficionados of the period. But for those less knowledgeable about the Camelot era and its tragic end, the lack of captions represents a lost opportunity. (Nov.)
Herald-Review
"A riveting, stunning narrative...among hundreds of books about the assassination, this is the most compelling because Hill lived it."
USA Today (3 1/2 stars)
"[Mrs. Kennedy and Me] conveys a sense of honesty and proves to be an insightful and lovingly penetrating portrait of the Jacqueline Kennedy that Hill came to know.”
Liz Smith
"Talk about being unable to put a book down; I was enthralled with this memoir from start to finish."
USA Today
"[Mrs. Kennedy and Me] conveys a sense of honesty and proves to be an insightful and lovingly penetrating portrait of the Jacqueline Kennedy that Hill came to know.”
Liz Smith on Mrs. Kennedy and Me
"Talk about being unable to put a book down; I was enthralled with this memoir from start to finish."
Library Journal
As Jacqueline Kennedy's secret service guard, Hill leapt onto the car in Dallas after shots resounded and hung on for the race to the hospital. Here he offers a minute-by-minute insider's account of unfolding events. Interest is building; note that Hill has also authored the best-selling Mrs. Kennedy and Me.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-01
Jackie Kennedy's secret service agent Hill and co-author McCubbin team up for a follow-up to Mrs. Kennedy and Me (2012) in this well-illustrated narrative of those five days 50 years ago when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Since Hill was part of the secret service detail assigned to protect the president and his wife, his firsthand account of those days is unique. The chronological approach, beginning before the presidential party even left the nation's capital on Nov. 21, shows Kennedy promoting his "New Frontier" policy and how he was received by Texans in San Antonio, Houston and Fort Worth before his arrival in Dallas. A crowd of more than 8,000 greeted him in Houston, and thousands more waited until 11 p.m. to greet the president at his stop in Fort Worth. Photographs highlight the enthusiasm of those who came to the airports and the routes the motorcades followed on that first day. At the Houston Coliseum, Kennedy addressed the leaders who were building NASA for the planned moon landing he had initiated. Hostile ads and flyers circulated in Dallas, but the president and his wife stopped their motorcade to respond to schoolchildren who held up a banner asking the president to stop and shake their hands. Hill recounts how, after Lee Harvey Oswald fired his fatal shots, he jumped onto the back of the presidential limousine. He was present at Parkland Hospital, where the president was declared dead, and on the plane when Lyndon Johnson was sworn in. Hill also reports the funeral procession and the ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery. "[Kennedy] would have not wanted his legacy, fifty years later, to be a debate about the details of his death," writes the author. "Rather, he would want people to focus on the values and ideals in which he so passionately believed." Chronology, photographs and personal knowledge combine to make a memorable commemorative presentation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442367395
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date:
11/19/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
4
Sales rank:
482,375
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 5.94(h) x 0.82(d)

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Five Days in November

  • Meet the Author

    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 Mrs. Kennedy and Me, Five Days in November, and The Kennedy Detail. Visit her at LisaMcCubbin.com.

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    Five Days in November 3.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 42 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Of all of the many books about President Kennedy’s assassination this is the one to read.  It is the only one written from cover to cover by an eyewitness, up close (really close) and personal.  It is well written in first person present tense.  Only Clint Hill could do that.   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.  
    DoreenJansen1 More than 1 year ago
    Reading this book, you feel like you are walking in Clint Hill’s shoes for five straight days, and every step is riveting.  From the morning of November 21 when he is with President and Mrs. Kennedy as they say good bye to John-John, through that long first day filled with motorcades and welcoming, exuberant crowds in three Texas cities, it seems like this trip is a huge success. And then the unthinkable happens. You know it’s coming, yet it is still so extraordinary to witness it through Clint Hill’s eyes.  Hundreds of beautiful photos alongside the narrative bring the story even more vividly to life.  Whether you remember those days, or you weren’t even yet born, this book is a must read for anyone who wants to know what really happened when JFK was assassinated, and why it changed the world forever. I can’t recommend this highly enough. Clint Hill is a national treasure.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I highly recommend this book, it is part of US history. I found it a very personal account of the lives of the Kennedy Family, especially Jackie. I loved the book and read it in about two days.
    suew5710 More than 1 year ago
    Clint Hill was very informative with each detail of the five days in November during the iconic Dallas Motorcade. With his very discriptive explanation of details, you feel like you were right there with him on the trip the day of the assination of President Kennedy and the days following. His dedication of the President and Mrs. Kennedy shows just how dedicated the secret service really are. I thought this book would be just an ok book to read but I learned so much about those days, I didn't want to lay my book down. I completely enjoyed reading this book and learned to appreaciate Clint Hill and the many other secret service agents who put their life on the line to protect our President and his family. Well worth your time and money for this book!!
    CelticReader More than 1 year ago
    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.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    My brother is also a Secret Service agent and has little time or respect for Clint Hill or his book. Doreen Jansen
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    I lived through this time and it brought back many memories. Very good reading.
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    The assassanation of president john fitzgereld kennedy was very sab
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    efm More than 1 year ago
    Loved all the pictures from that tragic day.
    ReneeNewman More than 1 year ago
    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.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    blah meh
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    Useless crud Steve Jansen
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    This is a very emotional story of a Kennedy Detail agent and the 5 days surrounding his trip to Dallas thur Kenneth's burial. Very touching.
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    Fascinating book. I found it difficult to put down. Truly makes you feel like a witness to history.
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