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Discuss: Five Presidents: My
Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford by Clint Hill: Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history intimately and
vividly to life as he reflects on his seventeen 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.
Some of his stunning, never-before-revealed anecdotes include:
-Eisenhower’s reaction at 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 character and personality of these five presidents, revealing their humanity in the face of grave decisions.