Posted directly outside President Clinton's Oval Office, former Secret Service uniformed officer Gary Byrne reveals what he observed of Hillary Clinton's character and the culture inside the White House while protecting the first family in Crisis of Character, the most anticipated book of the 2016 election.
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The small portion of the book that deals with the Clintons were good and interesting. While I appreciate the work Mr. Byrne's has given the country, the book is a bit misleading with the cover; I thought it would be all Hill and Bill, and not about his personal life and career - and yes that part was interesting as well, but would not have enough to make this Best Seller.
Not really, as only a small part of it is about Bill & Hill.
He was good.
I guess it's worth a read if you need to know everything about the Clintons or have an interest in the workings of the Secret Service behind the scenes; but I don't think I would have bought the book if I had know only a chapter or two were about the Clintons.
I recommend this book to anyone voting in the up coming election. I also recommend viewing the CSpan recording of the deposition. It's good to view all information favorable and unfavorable before voting. Act life your way of life depends on it because it does.
I enjoyed the story but was terribly disturbed by the corrupt mess in Washington. It's a complete disgrace that leadership hold themselves above the law and endanger those they were elected to protect.
This book really hooked me and I couldn't stop listening. It's MUCH MUCH MORE than just about Hillary and more about the events that shrouded her and Bill. Also there are some really great experiences expertly told by Mr. Byrne in is adventures through the ranks
I don't think it's the most well written book. Not sure if it's the reader or the way it was written, but I found the story line corny. BUT I do think the author has some points that are important to consider. I watched interviews with the author and he seems like a nice guy that just doesn't like the Clintons.
It is no secret that Millennial's hold a healthy disregard for their parents' beliefs, political views, and opinions in general. Do your own research! Read this compelling book. Then decide if character counts- especially when no one is looking. Does it matter to you? Does it matter to your generation? What about the next generation;- your children?
Gary writes his personal eye witness account of his experiences as a member of the US Secret Service. His candidness and character shines through his personal narrative. The saying "When the righteous increase the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule the people groan" is so true and evident in his account.
He read the text as if he were the author, speaking naturally, as if telling stories to his friends.
Although everyone in the media is calling Byrne a "Secret Service Agent", he never claims to be such. He was an officer in the Secret Service Uniformed Division -- essentially a White House cop. As real agents have recently said, Byrne was never an agent, and was never part of the Presidential Protective Division.
Byrne started his career as Air Force Security Police. An early chapter of the book describes in detail how challenging Air Force Basic Training at Lackland AFB was. I cringed because I know how easy it is, compared to other services. Byrne takes a whole chapter to describe his military career in detail. If you know anything about Security Police, you know that their days are filled with stultifying boredom, sprinkled with moments of panic. When they tell their stories, they usually omit the boredom, and string together the most exciting events. In many cases, these exciting events actually happened to other people in their unit, but when they tell stories, what happened to one happened to all.
That is the crux of most of the criticisms of Byrne's book. Most of the stories in the book did not actually happen to him personally, but he cobbles together details of events that happened to all agents and officers, and adds all the rumors and gossip he heard in the break room to weave his story. However, even if you discard half of his book as rumor, gossip, and third-party nonsense, what remains is still damning.
Here are some points that stand out in my mind from the first ten chapters:
- Al Gore is a fool. When he first moved in to the VP mansion, he started searching for electronic bugs left behind by the Bush41 staff. He climbed ladders and pulled out all sorts of sensors, which drive the security folks crazy. He was also quite lax (as were the entire Clinton staff) about securing classified documents, which also drove security crazy.
- When the Clinton staff moved into the White House, they treated it as their personal palace. One guy in a suit sat on the edge of the pool and dipped his feet, while enjoying the feeling of victory and the promise that his folks now had the power to change everything. When asked by the SSUD for his ID, he said it was in his desk. When the SSUD searched for his ID, he became belligerent. He was gone the next day.
- Hillary and her sycophants wanted everything their way and NOW, regardless of standing security regulations and budgetary limitations. They threw elaborate galas and really left a mess in their wake, dropping food and drink all over the expensive carpets.
- When Leon Panetta replaced Mack McLarty as White House Chief of Staff, he reprimanded many of the staff who were lax in their customs and courtesies. For example, he insisted everyone stand when the President entered the room, and chewed out one idiot who had his feet up on a desk the whole time the President was there.
L. M. F.
I started this book with a lot of skepticism, but came to believe as I read that this book was written by a credible man who has dedicated his life to protecting his country & various presidents. Everything he said rang true with stories that have been historically verified (like the former president's multiple affairs with women). Whether you are democrat or republican or independent, I think it's helpful to know the kind of people we are getting in our oval office. I highly recommend giving this book a listen to, it's excellent.
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