Hill details his journey as Jackie's special agent from the moment JFK became president-elect after beating Richard Nixon in the 1960 election. The book chronicles the relationship that was built between the two and the great friendship they shared. Hill became the security Mrs. Kennedy would rely on throughout all of her political dealings and travels. Hill would accompany Jackie across the glob in France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Pakistan, India, and beyond. Hill includes detail after detail of their times together and how he was on hand to witness how Jackie captivated people and enjoyed life.
Hill also spoke about JFK as he was around him a good bit as well though not specifically assigned to him. He spoke about their marriage and how they had always seemed so happy. He talked about how 1962 seemed to be a year that they grew so close together. After the death of their newborn son in August of 1963, Hill remarked that John and Jackie got even closer.
As Hill replays the assassination in the book, the reader can tell how emotionally spent he and the others were. Hill had been around the world with Jackie and had become a regular at the Kennedy Christmas celebrations and other vacations even joining in with the famous Kennedy football games and sailing and skiing. In almost every picture Jackie was photographed in during the presidency, unless it was a family portrait, Hill is almost always visible just behind her watching and looking for anything or anyone that might do her or the children harm. For his service to her and the president, Hill was presented with a special medal of bravery and service. Hill retired in 1975 but still claims to shutter when he relives that fateful day in Dallas. He writes that some of the other agents on duty left the agency for good within a year of the assassination due to the pain and stress.
This was an amazing book. It does have some language in it, but the story and details are fantastic. Hill writes so that the reader feels he has made the journey with he and Jackie. Hill gives probably the greatest look at Jackie Kennedy as I've seen in the books I've read. I can't recommend this book enough.