Five Presidents

  • by Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin
  • Narrated by George Newbern
  • 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A rare and fascinating portrait of the American presidency from the number-one New York Times best-selling author of Mrs. Kennedy and Me and Five Days in November.
Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history intimately and vividly to life as he reflects on his 17 years protecting the most powerful office in the nation. Hill walked alongside Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford, seeing them through a long, tumultuous era - the Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate; and the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard M. Nixon.
Some of his stunning, never-before-revealed anecdotes include:

Eisenhower's reaction to Russian prime minister Khrushchev's refusal to talk following the U-2 incident
The torture of watching himself in the Zapruder film in a Secret Service training
Johnson's virtual imprisonment in the White House during violent anti-Vietnam protests
His decision to place White House files under protection after a midnight phone call about Watergate
The challenges of protecting Ford after he pardoned Nixon

With a unique insider's perspective, Hill sheds new light on the characters and personalities of these five presidents, revealing their humanity in the face of grave decisions.


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Informative biography - bit on the dry side

The book was interesting. It's a biography of Clint Hill through his time in the secret service for the period covered by 5 presidents. I was interested to hear how he was recruited & bits about his family but there wasn't enough of this personal insight for me. With his first president he travelled a lot but didn't see much with one quick stop after another on tour. The period covering the Kennedy years & LBJ was most interesting but it lacked an emotional punch. Apparently there are other books devoted to this period. Overall interesting to learn about a world I'm not familiar with, how protection works (or used to) and to draw your own comparisons to how different things must be today. Excellent narration too, although a little monotone at times made me nod off!
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- Suzy

Love Clint Hill

Excellent audiobook. Compelling inside track on a turbulent time in US history. Easy to listen to and lacks the boredom factor of UK politics. Highly recommended.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-05-2016
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio