In the President's Secret Service

In the President's Secret Service

Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect

Book - 2009
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Random House, Inc.
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 reporter 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.

Baker & Taylor
A behind-the-scenes account of the experiences of Secret Service agents draws on interviews with current and former agents who served during the administrations of such presidents as JFK, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

Baker
& Taylor

A behind-the-scenes account of the experiences of Secret Service agents draws on interviews with more than 100 current and former agents who served during the administrations of such presidents as JFK, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.
Because Secret Service agents are sworn to secrecy, the American public rarely knows what presidents, vice presidents, presidential candidates, and Cabinet officers and their families are really like. If they did, says a former Secret Service agent, "They would scream."

Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307461353
0307461351
Branch Call Number: 363.28 K485i 2009
Characteristics: xii, 273 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm

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Brendablau
Feb 19, 2017

What a breath of fresh air about a very non public topic. Especially relevant in the political times we live in.
Well written

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Staggerwing
Apr 05, 2014

Very interesting with details we would not otherwise know. It provides the behind closed doors look at our presidents and first ladies. As well as vice-presidents and their family members. With an additional limited look into the lives of those who run for political office.

Exposing the under-staffing and short-funding poses the question why would taxpayers be funding massively expense vacations for wives and children of the presidents while the Secret Service is using antiquated weapons and overlooking recurrent training.

It's no wonder the resignations are so high. Those who hold the position have no life because they are always on duty. I have worked in a career where there is little time for sleep and the demands are high. It's horrible and until someone has been under those demands it is not possible to understand how it destroys your life and health.

As citizens we should stand up for better working conditions for this department and demand reduction in the turnover. Constantly hiring and training is costing us precious resources not only financially but in skills. The Secret Service needs massive changes in management.

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athena14
Apr 21, 2012

Don't read this book if you want to retain much respect for our past presidents (sexual escapades) or our present Secret Service (whining about work schedules and promotion policies).

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mpeyton
Mar 31, 2012

Love it! It's very interesting.

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tocch101
Feb 15, 2012

Very interesting and informative. I really enjoyed the insight.

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hughrose
Jan 12, 2010

great read

factual

bit of a Republical-friendly focus

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