Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Kennedy and Me and Five Days in November reflects on his seventeen years on the Secret Service for presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford.The assassination of one president, the resignation of another, and the swearing-in of the two who followed those traumatic events. Clint Hill was there, on duty, through Five Presidents. After an extraordinary career as a Special Agent on the White House Detail, Clint Hill retired in 1975. His career spanned the administrations of Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford. A witness to some of the most pivotal moments in the twentieth century, Hill lets you walk in his shoes alongside the most powerful men in the world during tumultuous times in America’s history—the Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate; and the resignations of Vice President Spiro Agnew and President Nixon. It was indeed a turbulent time—and through it all, Clint Hill had a unique insider perspective. His fascinating stories will shed new light on the character and personality of each of these five presidents, as Hill witnesses their human sides in the face of grave decisions.

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Clint Hill is the New York Occasions bestselling writer of Mrs. Kennedy and Me and 5 Days in November. A former Secret Service agent who was within the presidential motorcade in the course of the John F. Kennedy assassination, Hill remained assigned to Mrs. Kennedy till after the 1964 election. He then was assigned to President Lyndon B. Johnson on the White Home and later to Richard Nixon, ultimately turning into the Assistant Director of the Secret Service for all safety. He retired in 1975.

Lisa McCubbin is the coauthor of 4 New York Occasions bestsellers: 5 Presidents; Mrs. Kennedy and Me; 5 Days in November; and The Kennedy Element. A former tv information anchor and reporter, she at the moment resides within the San Francisco Bay space. Go to her at LisaMcCubbin.com.

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5 Presidents

INTRODUCTION

Strolling Beside Historical past

As a Particular Agent in the USA Secret Service, I had the honour and privilege of serving 5 presidents—Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford—three Republicans and two Democrats. From my distinctive vantage level, I had the uncommon alternative to watch the human aspect of those males—essentially the most highly effective males on the planet—as every handled the big obligations and unexpected challenges thrust upon them, and the way their particular person characters and personalities affected grave selections.

My seventeen years within the Secret Service spanned the interval that encompassed the U-2 spy incident; the Chilly Warfare; the Cuban Missile Disaster; the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the civil rights motion, riots and burning of main U.S. cities; the Vietnam Warfare; Watergate; and the resignations of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew and President Nixon. In lower than 20 years, America went from being unquestionably essentially the most revered and admired nation on the planet to a rustic whose picture had turn into tarnished by violence, scandal, and deceit.

It’s attention-grabbing to notice that of those 5 presidents, solely Eisenhower had a traditional run as president—elected by the individuals and serving two full phrases. Kennedy was elected in 1960 by the slimmest of margins, and his time period lasted only one thousand days, reduce quick by an murderer. Immediately, the vp grew to become president. Johnson was reelected the next 12 months, however when the calls for of the workplace and the casualties of the Vietnam Warfare grew to become extra than he may bear, he selected to not run for a second time period. Nixon was elected in 1968, and once more in 1972, however within the wake of the Watergate scandal, he grew to become the primary United States president to resign, in 1974. A 12 months earlier, when Nixon’s vp, Spiro Agnew, resigned in shame, Nixon appointed Gerald Ford as vp. Thus, upon Nixon’s resignation, Ford grew to become president, by no means having been elected to the workplace.

It was a turbulent time, and there I used to be, in the midst of all of it.

As with our two earlier books, my proficient writing accomplice, Lisa McCubbin, and I’ve tried to carry historical past to life by way of my experiences. Whereas Mrs. Kennedy and Me targeted on my interactions with Jacqueline Kennedy, and 5 Days in November detailed these tragic days surrounding the assassination, the Kennedy part on this guide focuses on my observations of and interactions with President Kennedy. There’s unavoidably some overlap, however the recollections of my years with Eisenhower, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford are revealed right here for the primary time.

There isn’t a doubt that the assassination of President Kennedy was a defining second for me, and it might have an effect on me on many ranges for the remainder of my life. I used to be thrust onto the pages of historical past, however it has typically bothered me that I might be remembered solely for my actions on that sooner or later. For there was a lot that led as much as that second, and far that adopted.

Just like the 5 presidents I served, there have been many issues that influenced the selections I made, the actions I took, the person I grew to become.

It has certainly been a rare journey.

The #1 New York Occasions bestselling writer of Mrs. Kennedy and Me and 5 Days in November displays on his seventeen years on the Secret Service for presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford.The assassination of 1 president, the resignation of one other, and the swearing-in of the 2 who adopted these traumatic occasions. Clint Hill was there, on obligation, by way of 5 Presidents. After a rare profession as a Particular Agent on the White Home Element, Clint Hill retired in 1975. His profession spanned the administrations of Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford. A witness to among the most pivotal moments within the twentieth century, Hill helps you to stroll in his sneakers alongside essentially the most highly effective males on the planet throughout tumultuous occasions in America’s historical past—the Chilly Warfare; the Cuban Missile Disaster; the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam Warfare; Watergate; and the resignations of Vice President Spiro Agnew and President Nixon. It was certainly a turbulent time—and thru all of it, Clint Hill had a singular insider perspective. His fascinating tales will shed new gentle on the character and persona of every of those 5 presidents, as Hill witnesses their human sides within the face of grave selections.

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