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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 [Paperback]

Ronald Kessler
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3 Aug 2010
Never before has a journalist penetrated the wall of secrecy that surrounds the U.S. Secret Service. After conducting exclusive interviews with more than one hundred current and former Secret Service agents, bestselling author and award-winning reporter Ronald Kessler reveals their secrets for the first time.

•    George W. Bush’s daughters would try to lose their agents.
•    Based on a psychic’s vision that a sniper would assassinate President George H. W. Bush, the Secret Service changed his motorcade route.
•    To make the press think he came to work early, Jimmy Carter would walk into the Oval Office at 5 a.m., then nod off to sleep.
•    Lyndon Johnson gave dangerous instructions to his Secret Service agents and ­engaged in extensive philandering at the White House. 

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  • Paperback: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Reprint edition (3 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030746136X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307461360
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.3 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Four and a half INFORMATIVE Stars!! Loaded with historical data, inside stories, and trivia that is very informative and in some cases very personal, this book ultimately delivers an overview of the history of the Secret Service from early presidential administrations right up to the 21st Century status of the Secret Service that is somewhat troubling. Beyond that we get tidbits of confirming gossip on people such as JFK, LBJ, Ted Agnew, and others that are extremely unflattering and revelatory. There is more on recent and current presidents, families, and staff that will titillate those who want inside stories, however brief. There is some information that is also laugh-out-loud funny.

The author says early 'pre-Secret Service' political attitudes toward presidential protection probably got 3 presidents shot before the era of heavy protection arrived. Heavy presidential protection was added almost as an "after thought" to the crime-busting dutieis of the Secret Service following those 3 incidents. Then came the advent of service refinements, such as the White House Police. The author covers a number of revelations about well-known events such as: the "biggest gunfight in Secret Service history", more information on what happened before, during, and after the JFK assassination, the "Fiddle & Faddle"threesome mistresses, the midnight peacock, and so on, right up the Obama administration which the author says is more of a challenge than the others for one particular somber reason. This is an eye-opening, unforgettable look at the Secret Service that, while not definitive, certainly extends the Secret Service body of literature. Highly Recommended. Four and a half RIVETING Stars!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this book ! 1 Feb 2013
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A very disappointing read. The author takes tiny examples of gossip and expands them to fill the book. The bulk of the book is a run through secret service procedures again with heavily expanded anecdotes and snippets of gossip. A waste of money .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Gossip 23 Aug 2012
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This is really just a collection of anecdotes and observations about various presidents and their families. The chapters are fairly short, which makes it very readable and easy to put down and pick up. There are a few juicy titbits about some of the presidents, telling me stuff I wasn't aware of before, particularly about LBJ and Jimmy C, both of whom seem to have been nasty pieces of work.

I'd have liked a bit more detail about the types of people who become agents and the training they go through, but it was interesting learning how the various presidents treated these people, with George and Laura Bush coming out best.

The book drags in the last 3 or 4 chapters, where the author drones on about budget cuts and how hard done by the agency is in comparison to the FBI, but other than that I enjoyed reading it and am tempted to look at some of his many other books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The President's Secret Service 27 May 2014
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Good reading. It tends to prove the point - Power corrupts, and Ultimate Power corrupts Ultimately. All the secrets out in the open.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Its a bit of a kiss and tell storey 13 May 2014
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Written from the perspective of the secret service and and goes on a bit too much about how they are not valued enough. Looks at weakensses in the presidents and by contrast how the secret service covers up their flaws
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting! 20 April 2014
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The first few chapters make you gasp but the latter ones are not as meaty. Still, well worth buying for some amazing revelations.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good easy read. 22 Mar 2014
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This is not a great book, but I was glad I read it. It is not the Secret Service that held my interest, but the fascinating insights into the characters of the Presidents and their wives. I read it in one sitting and much enjoyed it. I would have give a higher score, but reflected that, in the universe of literature, there is so much great work that I could not put this up there with them. But I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 10 Jan 2014
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Saw some reviews of this book. Lived up to expectation. Very revealing. Couldn't put it down & read it in a couple of days.
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