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In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect | [Ronald Kessler]

In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect

Secret Service agents, acting as human surveillance cameras, observe everything that goes on behind the scenes in the president's inner circle. Ronald 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.
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Secret Service agents, acting as human surveillance cameras, observe everything that goes on behind the scenes in the president's inner circle. Ronald 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. ,p>Since an assassination jeopardizes democracy itself, few agencies are as important as the Secret Service---and few subjects are as tantalizing as the inner sanctum of the White House. Only tight-lipped Secret Service agents know the real story, and Kessler is the only journalist to have won their trust.

©2009 Ronald Kessler; (P)2009 Tantor

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    Shelley Phoenix, AZ, USA 09-03-09
    Shelley Phoenix, AZ, USA 09-03-09
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    "in the presidents secret service"

    absolutely fascinating!!! Very insightful!
    Also, very disturbing that we have elected some of these people to the highest office in the country.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Virginia Beach, VA, United States 10-02-09
    Andy Virginia Beach, VA, United States 10-02-09 Member Since 2011
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    "OMG pass this one by"

    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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 10-02-10
    Robin 10-02-10
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    "Just a gossip rag"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jenilee Deal 10-10-09
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    "Not impressed"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Tampa, FL, USA 09-19-09
    Joseph Tampa, FL, USA 09-19-09
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    "Not so good"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gautam Lake Forest, CA, USA 09-07-09
    Gautam Lake Forest, CA, USA 09-07-09 Member Since 2000
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    "Give it a pass"

    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....

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kris newport beach, CA, USA 09-05-09
    Kris newport beach, CA, USA 09-05-09
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    "Extremely disappointing"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    08-29-09
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    "A lightweight gossip rag"

    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.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen C 05-22-15
    Carmen C 05-22-15

    I'm addicted to audiobooks, particularly thrillers and erotic reads. I'd love for you to follow my reviews!

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    "Good Overview"

    This book gave a lot of behind the scenes scoop about the Secret Service. I enjoyed the info about the various presidents and their families as well as the inner workings of the agency. At times it felt like the author had a bit of an axe to grind and that grew tiresome, but overall I liked the book and would recommend.

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    brad United States 02-25-15
    brad United States 02-25-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Gossip or Compelling Stories?"
    Would you try another book from Ronald Kessler and/or Alan Sklar?

    Interesting stories about several of our presidents but most of it feels like gossip. Much of the stories show our presidents in a negative light. I was under the impression that it was more about the life and training of secret service agents.


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