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Within Arm's Length Audiobook

Within Arm's Length: A Secret Service Agent's Definitive Inside Account of Protecting the President

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Publisher's Summary

Dan Emmett was just eight years old when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The events surrounding the president's death shaped the course of young Emmett's life as he set a goal of becoming a U.S. Secret Service agent-one of a special group of people willing to trade their lives for that of the president, if necessary. Within Arm's Length is a revealing and compelling inside look at the Secret Service and the elite Presidential Protective Division (PPD). Using stories from some of the author's more high-profile assignments in his twenty-one years of service, Emmett describes the professional, physical, and emotional challenges faced by Secret Service agents. Included are never-before-discussed topics such as the complicated relationship between presidents, first ladies, and their agents; the inner workings of Secret Service protective operations; and the seldom-mentioned challenges of the complex Secret Service cultural issues faced by an agent's family.

©2014 Dan Emmett (P)2014 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Controversial." (Inside Edition)

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    "Excellent choice"

    This is an excellent choice for anyone wanting to know some history of the U.S. Secret Service and it has a great story line to accompany it.
    Mr. Emmett has a very interesting history and I am glad I made the choice to purchase.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maggie Pine Bush, NY, United States 11-19-14
    Maggie Pine Bush, NY, United States 11-19-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Obviously a dedicated patriot"
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    Right off the bat, the author warns that this is not a book about gossip. He's correct. I don't need gossip but it would have been nice if the stories he told included interesting antidotes, or things I may not have already known. This book describes the incredible career of a true patriot but included a lot of chest-thumping and surface info. It's as if he gave the manuscript to the feds and they edited out anything juicy, or at least a little juicy. You don't need to divulge state secrets or break your oath to make it a bit more interesting.

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    Vince Cooper 07-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not What I Was Expecting"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People with a specific interest in the Secret Service.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Emmett again?

    I would not rule it out, but doubtful.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The slight whistle when making "S" sounds was very distracting and pronunciation of "addition", annoyed me.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Some of the stories were interesting, but this book is 95% about Dan Emmett. The description of the book made it seem like there would be more anecdotes about US Presidents.


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    Brian Tampa, FL 01-11-16
    Brian Tampa, FL 01-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very cool behind the scenes look"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, learned a lot about the secret service that I didn't know before.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The mindset that secret service men and women have to adopt/have.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    One where Dan was in the oval office or Russia with some other eastern european delagate visiting and almost led to a shoot out.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Book title is good.


    Any additional comments?

    would recommend to friends

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