In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect
In the President's Secret Service Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect Author:Ronald Kessler Never before has a journalist penetrated the wall of secrecy that surrounds the U.S. Secret Service, that elite corps of agents who pledge to take a bullet to protect the president and his family. After conducting exclusive interviews with more than one hundred current and former Secret Service agents, bestselling author and award-winning report... more »er Ronald Kessler reveals their secrets for the first time.
Secret Service agents, acting as human surveillance cameras, observe everything that goes on behind the scenes in the president?s inner circle. Kessler reveals what they have seen, providing startling, previously untold stories about the presidents, from John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as well as about their families, Cabinet officers, and White House aides.
Kessler portrays the dangers that agents face and how they carry out their missions?from how they are trained to how they spot and assess potential threats. With fly-on-the-wall perspective, he captures the drama and tension that characterize agents? lives.
In this headline-grabbing book, Kessler discloses assassination attempts that have never before been revealed. He shares inside accounts of past assaults that have put the Secret Service to the test, including a heroic gun battle that took down the would-be assassins of Harry S. Truman, the devastating day that John F. Kennedy was killed in Dallas, and the swift actions that saved Ronald Reagan after he was shot.
While Secret Service agents are brave and dedicated, Kessler exposes how Secret Service management in recent years has betrayed its mission by cutting corners, risking the assassination of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and their families. Given the lax standards, ?It?s a miracle we have not had a successful assassination,? a current agent says.
Since an assassination jeopardizes democracy itself, few agencies are as important as the Secret Service?nor is any other subject as tantalizing as the inner sanctum of the White House. Only tight-lipped Secret Service agents know the real story, and Ronald Kessler is the only journalist to have won their trust.
An interesting read that I sit on the fence about, even after sitting and waiting to write the review for a bit.
I absolutely loved the behind the scenes stories of life with a president. All the little tid bits that don't come into the news. As I am related to someone in the service (his photo is in the book), I was aware that there were many threats that never hit the news, but never the personal stories and personalities of each president. How crazy that they were complete demons behind the scenes?
I was appalled to learn that some of the past president's children would evade their protection and complain. I know that their parents put them in that place, BUT if a child of the president was ever in danger it would be a reflection on the United States. As well, to hear that some presidents of the past did not treat their detail as human beings, absolutely rude.
This book could be read by both males and females. I found it especially interesting after reading some books by presidents and presidential candidates recently and living so close to the capital.
A no-holds barred look at the Secret Service agency by the author of several political books and articles. This book includes lots of anecdotes about various presidents, vice-presidents, and other people who are or have been protected by the Service. The author provides some interesting insights into how one might come to be employed by the secret service, and the demands placed upon them once hired. Mr. Kessler also points out some obvious shortcomings and failures of the Service and how these could potentially lead to a future calamity. A very interesting and eye-opening read.
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In the President's Secret Service was quite interesting. It delved into the REAL personalities of our immediate past presidents. The writing style was redundant which sometimes made for rather dull reading, but overall, the book was worth the time.
This was an interesting look at things that go on in the White House and other Presidential places involving the Secret Service. That beign said it is a highly biased author who obviously has an axe to grind with the Secret Service. He is certainly displeased with somethings (if not all things) that the service does and therefore his continual whining can get annoying. Just be prepared for that part of the story and it is still a worthwhile read.
Eleni S. reviewed In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect on + 16 more book reviews
I normally am a strictly Fiction girl, but this book was extremely fascinating. Some parts are bit technical, but overall it's an interesting look at the men in sunglasses. Not to mention hilarious bits on information about past presidents!