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In the President's Secret Service Audiobook

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

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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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    Robo Milwaukee, Wisconsin United States 10-02-10
    Robo Milwaukee, Wisconsin United States 10-02-10 Member Since 2016

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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 Member Since 2014
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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....

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    Kris newport beach, CA, USA 09-05-09
    Kris newport beach, CA, USA 09-05-09 Member Since 2013
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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.

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    Brian 08-29-09
    Brian 08-29-09 Member Since 2014
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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.

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    Michael Prairie du Chien, WI, USA 05-21-10
    Michael Prairie du Chien, WI, USA 05-21-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Somebodies got an axe to grind"

    This book seems to be written as an "I knew it was going to happen" book. I thought the historical aspects of the department were interesting. It might have been better to put the editorial sections about "underfunding" the Secret Service rather than throughout the entire book. Not a very good read!!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Pete 09-24-16
    Pete 09-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "love the narrator's voice."

    love the stories about the presidents. too much about the problems with the government bureaucracy though.

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    Tim Simpson TN 09-21-16
    Tim Simpson TN 09-21-16

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    "one of the best books"

    One of the best books I have listened to in a long time. If you want an inside look at the leaders of our country get this book.

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