I have to begin by noting that I listened to Mrs. Kennedy and Me as an audiobook. I listen to non-fiction and read fiction (can’t keep too many plots straight). And even thought the audiobook was great, I don’t know that I recommend listening to it, because after reading some of the book reviews, I wish that I had photos that accompanied the book. That being said, the audiobook was so good, I do plan on buying the book so that I can see the photos.
Like most people, I do not know first hand what it is like to be a secret service agent or the first lady of the United States. After this book, I have a much better idea. It was completely fascinating. The relationship between Clint Hill and Mrs. Kennedy, while staying very professional, was much more.
I had no idea how much a secret service agent had to give up of their life to do their job. Clint Hill spent Christmas, Thanksgiving, summers, weekends, weeks on end in other countries, with Mrs. Kennedy and the Kennedy’s. When he was not actually with her, he was arranging security for upcoming events. When I read about how carefully, how seriously he took his job, his frugalness (they had to find cheap hotel rooms with their daily stipend), I can’t help but compare it with the current scandal of the secret service agents with prostitutes in Columbia.
In addition to the ins and outs of being a secret service agent, the book shows what it is like to be the first lady of the United States. I have a new found respect for the job that they do. It was sad reading as she slowly learned that her life as she knew it was over. No more simple shopping trips, no more leisurely strolls window shopping.
Then there is the whole Kennedy clan. This book allows you a glimpse into their lives and lifestyle. The homes, the boats, the holiday gatherings.
This book has something for everyone; a Kennedy biography, a Jacqueline Kennedy biography, and a memoir of a very special secret service agent.