The Kennedy Detail

The Kennedy Detail

JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence

Book - 2010 | 1st Gallery Books hardcover ed.
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The true story of the assassination of JFK, told by Secret Service agents who were there and who have lived with the guilt and grief from that day.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2010.
Edition: 1st Gallery Books hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781439192962
1439192960
Branch Call Number: 973.922 K35bL
Characteristics: xvii, 427 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: McCubbin, Lisa

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Blaine, a member of Kennedy's Secret Service detail, describes how he and his colleagues tried to protect Kennedy on that fateful day under impossible circumstances.


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StarGladiator
Feb 11, 2013

"The Secret Service are an elite team of men..." My oh my! But what a completely bogus book! For a bunch of "elite team of men" just look at the Key Biscayne helicopter crash incident, during the Nixon administration, when a Navy helicopter pilot was ferrying a presidential Secret Service detail to Nixon's bay vacation home, and after the helicopter crashed, the pilot had to rescue ALL the US Secret Service agents as none of those "elite team of men" knew how to swim! Also, neither President Kennedy nor his brother Bobby ever trusted them, and were planning on replacing the presidential bodyguard details with the much braver, and far more competent, US Marshals. This book receives an EPIC FAIL! (For a much more accurate and factual take on the slipshod US Secret Service agents surrounding President Kennedy at the time of his assassination, please read Abraham Bolden's "The Echo From Dealey Plaza" -- Mr. Bolden was the first Black-American member of a US Secret Service presidential detail. 10 stars for Mr. Bolden's book!)

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SunKing2
Dec 22, 2010

Told from the perspective of one of JFK's secret service agents (who was off-duty at the time).

This book doesn't unravel any mysteries, make any claims; it just tells the story from the point of view of the agents.

It gets a little tedious about the difficulties faced by the agents on each new security challenge, an awful lot of detail about what threats might be present each time JFK went out... it's not just about Dallas, it has a lot of stuff about other locations, and endless detail about other venues that JFK attended on the week of (which really doesn't contribute much to the story other than telling what the Secret Service faced in day-to-day work).

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