absolutely fascinating!!! Very insightful!
Also, very disturbing that we have elected some of these people to the highest office in the country.
Ok, so I normally don't read the reviews before downloading a new book but I wish I had in this case. From the very start I was turned off by this book.
I downloaded this book expecting to hear information and stories about the secret service and how they do their job. Instead it starts like a gossip column with dirty secrets about 2 past presidents. And continues to intermix private details of the president's life with the story. Also, a re-occurring theme of the book is all of the tasks that the secret service is tasked with but how it gets almost no money (and therefore no resources) to do the job. I'm sorry but after hearing this 2x in the book I lost any sympathy for the author's point of view. Who doesn’t deal with this on an almost daily basis in their job these days.
So again, skip this download and look for something less like a supermarket tabloid. If I find any good alternatives, I’ll update this review with them.
I purchased this book expecting to learn how the secret service works, but all I learned was useless gossip and one sided opinions of the author. I did learn an important lesson, read other member reviews before purchasing. Most of the reviewers share my opinion regarding the book. The book contained very little actual history or a "behind the scene" look at the secret service. I wish I could return this download, at least I can delete it and warn others before they make the same mistake.
I would have been happy with either "gossipy" information or legitimate, interesting, hard-to-find facts about our presidents. What I found, however, was a letdown. I tried to stay interested but just heard about the evolution of the secret service over time mostly. Disappointed.
The reader had a whiny voice and the text was too self deprecating (personally aggrandizing) to be fully credible. There were some very good points but FAR too repetitive.
I guess I shouldn't have expected much from Kessler based on his other tomes but this book was really a disappointment. Reads like the diary of a petulant child, full of complaints, juvenile prose and commentary from "a current agent". Funny at times, annoying most. Give it a pass....
I have never written a review before but this book compelled me to do so. It is clearly my least favorite book, and the biggest waste of time, of the nearly 100 audio books I've listened to. With it's Jerry Springer-like quality, there is little to recommend about it. It's hard to know whether I disliked the material or the narrator more. Okay, there was one good thing: the book is thankfully short, if otherwise repetitious.
This was quite a let down. I was expecting an in depth and captivating read but instead endured a salacious kiddie pool of a book filled with excitable gossip and unsubstantiated drivel.
The first half or so, that covered protection details and the presidential families was good. The many anecdotal episodes were interesting. But in the last half of the book it becomes a drawn out and long winded diatribe about all the problems of the Secret Service management and shortcomings. While obviously important, it had a soapbox feeling to it and the examples were repetitious and stated over and over again.
Depends on the subject
No. The problems of the Secret Service can only be fixed by better management assigned by the Executive Branch and by funding from Congress. The average citizen could not drive this especially with higher government goals now.
View of the many Presidents from the secret service agents who guarded them.
This book reads like a "tell all" ...the author is very good at making sure that any "quotes" from other books get the credit when he uses them. He does this pretty frequently. The book meanders a bit back and forth from this president to that president. But we learn a lot more details about the Agents and how Secrets Service Works than many books. Truman and FDR get little time but Jimmy Carter is given the worst view. He is made to look as "lazy and very ineffective".....Nixon is the dark horse is viewed a moody and temperamental. Gerald Ford and Betty have little new info. Ronald Regan is well liked but Nancy is viewed as overly emotional and moody. Bill and Hillary and the Obamas get the "least" amount of info given about them. Clearly the Bush Families are the best liked and especially BARBARA and LAURA are the best liked of all the "people" in the White House. Some new interesting info on The Kennedy Children is shared. This is a good book that moves along very well. WE do get a good look into the "lives" of the Secret Services on a personal basis on their sacrifices and how the agency works. But the Secret Services is not very 'secret' in their ability to talk about the first families in their care if every thing this book says is accurate. I give it 3 out of 5....for a view from with in the walls of the White House. VERY good narration.