After working for the Secret Service with the Eisenhower administration, Clint Hill was eager to get his assignment for the upcoming Kennedy administration. He was disappointed to learn that he would be assigned to Mrs. Kennedy. The disappointment stemmed from the fact that he wanted to be on the presidential detail, where all the action was.
After getting to know Mrs. Kennedy, Mr. Hill began to enjoy her love of life and the spontaneity she provided. Eventually, since he was always prepared for her to change her plans at the last minute, Mrs. Kennedy had him promoted to the agent in charge of her. This was an honor for Mr. Hill and he was not only in charge of Mrs. Kennedy's safety, but now he was in charge of the other agents that protected her as well.
With Mrs. Kennedy, Mr. Hill got to travel around the world and see sights he would have never seen otherwise. Unfortunately for him, he had to leave behind his wife and two young sons in Virginia since he was traveling so much with Mrs. Kennedy.
In Mrs. Kennedy and Me, Mr. Hill talks about the respect he had for Mrs. Kennedy. She was highly regarded as a fashion icon at the time and while she played her role in the spotlight well, she preferred privacy and Mr. Hill would go out of his way to keep her travels out of the news. He explains that she really did possess the beauty and grace that the entire world admired her for. Mr. Hill talks about everything he went through in his years with Mrs. Kennedy. He discusses parts of both the personal life and political life of Mrs. Kennedy, as well as his interactions with JFK himself.
Mr. Hill was there the day that President Kennedy was assassinated and he recalls the events from his point of view. That day has haunted him since it happened.
Mrs. Kennedy and Me is a unique look at the Kennedy family. The history and events shared by Mr. Hill bring the reader right back to the 1960's. The straight-forward style of the book exemplifies that Mr. Hill was very detail oriented and paid attention to everything going on around him. The memoir is worth reading if you enjoy American history or anything to do with the Kennedys.