Five Days in November

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Don’t miss the New York Times bestseller Five Days in November, where Secret Service agent Clint Hill tells the stories behind the iconic images of those five infamous, tragic days surrounding JFK’s assassination, published for the 50th anniversary of his death.

On November 22, 1963, three shots were fired in Dallas, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and the world stopped for four days. For an entire generation, it was the end of an ...

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Overview

Don’t miss the New York Times bestseller Five Days in November, where Secret Service agent Clint Hill tells the stories behind the iconic images of those five infamous, tragic days surrounding JFK’s assassination, published for the 50th anniversary of his death.

On November 22, 1963, three shots were fired in Dallas, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and the world stopped for four days. For an entire generation, it was the end of an age of innocence.

That evening, a photo ran on the front pages of newspapers across the world, showing a Secret Service agent jumping on the back of the presidential limousine in a desperate attempt to protect the President and Mrs. Kennedy. That agent was Clint Hill.

Now Secret Service Agent Clint Hill commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the tragedy with this stunning book containing more than 150 photos, each accompanied by Hill’s incomparable insider account of those terrible days. With poignant narration accompanying rarely seen images, we witness three-year-old John Kennedy Jr.’s pleas to come to Texas with his parents and the rapturous crowds of mixed ages and races that greeted the Kennedys at every stop in Texas. We stand beside a shaken Lyndon Johnson as he is hurriedly sworn in as the new president. We experience the first lady’s steely courage when she insists on walking through the streets of Washington, DC, in her husband’s funeral procession.

A story that has taken Clint Hill fifty years to tell, this is a work of personal and historical scope. Besides the unbearable grief of a nation and the monumental consequences of the event, the death of JFK was a personal blow to a man sworn to protect the first family, and who knew, from the moment the shots rang out in Dallas, that nothing would ever be the same.

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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.)
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."
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.
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."
Herald-Review
"A riveting, stunning narrative...among hundreds of books about the assassination, this is the most compelling because Hill lived it."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476731490
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 11/19/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 66,240
  • Product dimensions: 7.72 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Clint Hill

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    Of all of the many books about President Kennedy¿s assassination

    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.  

    15 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Reading this book, you feel like you are walking in Clint Hill¿s

    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.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    yuk

    yuk

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    These former agents should be hsuffled off to Gitmo, not writing

    These former agents should be hsuffled off to Gitmo, not writing bad books for profit; shameful.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Can I get the three hours of my life back now?!

    Can I get the three hours of my life back now?!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Hated it

    Hated it

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Useless crud Steve Jansen

    Useless crud
    Steve Jansen

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    My brother is also a Secret Service agent and has little time or

    My brother is also a Secret Service agent and has little time or respect for Clint Hill or his book. Doreen Jansen

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Yawn-boring

    Yawn-boring

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    This guy failed- now he is making money of his failure? pathetic

    This guy failed- now he is making money of his failure? pathetic

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    Very Good read! You won't want to put it down!!

    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!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    crap- did not like at all. avoid

    crap- did not like at all. avoid

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Five days in November

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    blah meh

    blah meh

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    not that great.

    not that great.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    Informative!

    Informative!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    A touching story

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Very informative and a piece of history to pass down to your children and/or grandchildren.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Fascinating book. I found it difficult to put down. Truly makes you feel like a witness to history.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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