• In the President's Secret Service

  • Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect
  • By: Ronald Kessler
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 08-18-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 3.8 (471 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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mainly gossip about the first family

mainly gossip about the first family, I was hoping for more on Secret Service tactics and training.

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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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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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A book long sermon

Long preachy passages interspersed with gossipy revelations about presidential families. I thought the Secret Service provided privacy for protectees.

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Interesting Read

Interesting insight into this world of protection. I thought too much time was spent lamenting problems, especially toward the end of the book. Overall, an interesting overview of the last 50+ years of Secret Service stories.

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Repetitive

This book seemed to be a diatribe against the Secret Service. Kessler repeated over and over again how the Secret Service is not using magnatroms enough. I began to think I had read a chapter before, but not so. He should have just sent letters to newspaper editors and not bored his book readers to death.

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Total Waste of a credit...Don't waste your time!

Would you try another book from Ronald Kessler and/or Alan Sklar?

No

What could Ronald Kessler have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

If you are a right wing conservative it will right up your alley.

Any additional comments?

How can the Democratic Presidents of the last 50 years all be so horrible to work for and Republicans all be so sweet and accommodating.

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Meh

Not that bad, but not that great either. Can't tell if the Secret Service should have our praise, our sympathy, or just be disbanded all together.

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Interesting but tedious at times

The good/nice Presidents: Ford, Reagan, George H W Bush, George W Bush, Barack Obama. All others going back to Kennedy were not. Kennedy and Johnson exhibited the worst personal behavior. There have been some very strange/paranoid people in the WH.
Author needs a real editor - he goes on and on and on about SS underfunding.

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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.