Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Interesting new review of Clint Hill's book
It's a page-turner, for sure, but I was left scratching my head in the end!, April 24, 2012 By Omni Modis "Omnimodis78" (Ontario, Canada) - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir (Hardcover) The book is a page-turner, I admit that much. It certainly gives a very precises account on the relationship between a man who was a mere shadow and a most extraordinary woman he was charged to protect. But early on I was left to question his razor-sharp recollections. Too detailed, for something that happened 50 years ago. Even I didn't take all his quotations (there are many) literally, I was a little put off when it came time to read his recollections about November 22, 1963 - he gives a lot of insider details on the moments leading up to 12:30 p.m. in Dallas, but then he seems to really miss an opportunity to go into details about those few historic minutes. Not only that, but he actually remembers critical details wrong. He states (not quoting) that he jumped off of the secret service car the instant he heard the first "shot" and noticed JFK grabbing his throat. This is simply not the case. All photographs and multiple video recordings show that his feet did not touch pavement until an instant after the fatal head-shot. I was also curious to know if by the fact that he repeats twice that he saw the back of the president's head with a big wound where he could even see the brain (Warren Commission does not support this), was he implying something? Or was he not remembering that correctly either. That's a very important thing to claim because technically he was the first US government official on the scene of the crime (the presidential limo) so for him to state he saw the back of Kennedy's head with a big wound is something that shouldn't just be glossed over. I was left to question the accuracy of his recollections if such a critical and well documented scenario he didn't even remember correctly. He should have at least admitted that his recollection differs from what actually happened, but I suppose that would have been anticlimactic given the nature of this book. Let me wrap it up though that if for no other reason, it's worth reading this book to get the feel of what it must have been like to work directly with the Kennedy First Family. But the assassination part was not cohesively composed, and that's rather shocking.