• 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 (466 ratings)

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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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Very interesting

Great stories and fascinating insight into an organization filled with mystery. Great stories about our current and past Presidents and their families. A good read.

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  • Jack
  • Rockport, TX, USA
  • 09-24-09

In the President's Secret Service

I found the book to be disjointed, boring and most of all self serving. I would not recomment it. To much like a cry baby's persective.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Longboat Key, FL, USA
  • 09-23-09

Bad Soap Opera

This book is a compendium of absolutely useless and trivial information about the Secret Service and the families they guard.
It is a really bad soap opera filling us in with "dirt and stupid stories about the First Families.
Do not waste your time or money

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Daniel
  • Oak Brook, IL, USA
  • 09-10-09

First half of book okay

In summary the Presidents are exactly as you might think. If they look like a genuine person in front of the camera then they are. If not then they can't be trusted. Last half of the book was continued complaining about the shortfall of the SS budget. It sounds as if someone wrote the book because they have an axe to grind.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Whining breakers of scared trust

After you get past the "s's" being excessively pronounced by the narrrtor - I was actually ready to erase the book and move on, you notice two things. 1) All of these agents have broken their "scared" vow of not diclosing what they hear and see in the protection of the President (and others). 2) This is one big whine about how we are underfunded, understaffed, and poorly managed. The first should never happen, the seecond is understandable but takes away from what has been accomplished. Typical wait, you'll see when something goes wrong. I told you so type book.
Too bad, because there were many good and sometimes comical situations like the guy who wanted a better look at Clinton ont he gold course so he used his hunting rifle scope without removing it from the rifle.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A Dissapointment

I had hoped for deep insightfulness related to the history and workings of the Secret Service. What I found was a much repeated theme describing how the Secret Service does not get its funding due as compared to the FBI. A one-time description of how they are underfunded would have sufficed (if this were indeed true). But, just in case we readers could not get it the first time, this subject was repeated throughout the book. Same goes for the poor management of the Secret Service - not caring for the needs of its staff. Once would have been enough.

And, it appears the Republician Presidents and their families have been MUCH nicer to the Secret Service employees than their Democratic counterparts. Interesting.....but there appeared an aura of bias in those descriptions.

Overall, a dissapointment.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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just horrible

Such a waste of money or credits. Please don't waste yours.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful