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JFK’s Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence at The Sixth Floor Museum

The Kennedy Detail by Gerald Blaine with Lisa McCubbin. Forward by Clint Hill.

The Kennedy Detail by Gerald Blaine with Lisa McCubbin. Forward by Clint Hill.

On Saturday, November 20, 2010, Secret Service Agents Jerry Blaine and Clint Hill will be at The Sixth Floor Museum for a discussion of their new book, THE KENNEDY DETAIL: JFK’s Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence (Gallery Books, $28), and for a little Q&A session. If the magnitude of that statement hasn’t sunk in yet, then let me explain. These men were more than just government agents on duty during the Kennedy Presidency. Secret Service Agents Blaine and Hill were in Dallas on November 22, 1963, when our president was assassinated.

You may never get the chance to meet history like this again.

Of all the Kennedy Detail, Secret Service Agent Hill is probably the most famous for the few seconds he was captured on film by amateur photographer Abraham Zapruder. Mr. Zapruder filmed the president being shot and then Mrs. Kennedy pulling Secret Service Agent Hill into the limo before they went into the underpass and out of sight.

Historically speaking, the only comparable encounter would be meeting a Titanic survivor. And that’s not very likely since they have all passed.

I highly recommend being at The Sixth Floor Museum this Saturday at 2 p.m. for the Q&A with Jerry Blaine, Lisa McCubbin and Clint Hill. The program is free but advance seating reservations are required. Make your reservations by emailing programs@jfk.org or calling 214-747-6623.

Click here for After Nearly Fifty Years Under Code of Silence, JFK Secret Service Agents Speak Out in New Book.

The Book

I was fortunate enough to get a copy of The Kennedy Detail prior to this weekend’s event. I am a slow reader, so I looked at the 408 pages minus the index as a serious up hill battle. It usually takes me a month to consume a book of this size with my usual distractions. I like to taste the words.

I have to say The Kenney Detail, written by Secret Service Agent Gerald Blaine with Lisa McCubbin, is an enjoyable read. I have already breezed through 152 pages and am looking forward to reading more.

The Kennedy Detail is divided into four sections about the men, the job, that day and their lives. The book combines details from the agents themselves and their records. The authors have done a good job of including all pertinent details while keeping the mundane to a minimum.

The Kennedy Detail bounces around a little as needed to discuss the events that led up to certain situations. This is not distracting at all because the information is on a need to know basis. It’s there when you need to know it.

So far in my reading, authors Blaine and McCubbin have discussed the difference between the elder Eisenhower and the youthful Kennedy. They talked about the difficulties of balancing protection and politics. They covered the events in Florida leading up to Dallas. They also discussed what impact being a Secret Service Agent has on their families.

I am well into the second section about the job of protecting the president. I am eagerly looking forward to reading their details from Dallas. I know the ship is going to sink, but I can’t look away.

I highly recommend The Kennedy Detail even with 256 more pages to read. I should be almost done by Saturday.

The Discovery Channel

The Discovery Channel will be premiering a new special based on The Kennedy Detail on Monday, November 22, 2010, at 9 p.m. They built a special site with photos, biographies and videos. Visit the site at http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/the-kennedy-detail/

Update

I am well past half way (page 237) and have already read the most telling chapter, Six Seconds in Dallas. Authors Blaine and McCubbin have done a wonderful job of slowing down time and describing what happened from the viewpoint of the Secret Service. There really was no way to save President Kennedy.

Were you born in Dallas on November 22, 1963?

I am looking for individuals born in Dallas on November 22, 1963. If you or someone you know fits this description, then please read Were you born in Dallas on November 22, 1963? for more information.

The Kennedy Detail by Gerald Blaine with Lisa McCubbin. Forward by Clint Hill.

The Kennedy Detail by Gerald Blaine with Lisa McCubbin. Forward by Clint Hill.

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