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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Crown Publishing Group, Aug 4, 2009 - Social Science - 272 pages
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Never before has a journalist penetrated the wall of secrecy that surrounds the U.S. Secret Service, that elite corps of agents who pledge to take a bullet to protect the president and his family. 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.

Secret Service agents, acting as human surveillance cameras, observe everything that goes on behind the scenes in the president’s inner circle. 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.

Since an assassination jeopardizes democracy itself, few agencies are as important as the Secret Service–nor is any other subject as tantalizing as the inner sanctum of the White House. Only tight-lipped Secret Service agents know the real story, and Ronald Kessler is the only journalist to have won their trust.


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User Review  - ab1952 - Overstock.com

This was given as a gift so I dont have much to add but that I liked it. When it was opened they loved to story lines on the back. So Im sure one of them will start reading it very soon. My granddaughter wants t read it to. Read full review

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lot of things go on that most of these men and women probably dont want known. Makes for some interesting reading. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Read full review

Contents

Lancer
10
Threats
22
Searchlight
30
Daro
40
Passkey
49
Stagecoach
80
Hogans Alley
100
The Big Show
118
Eagle
145
Living on Borrowed Time
188
Renegade
216
Padding Statistics
236
Dereliction of Duty
244
Epilogue 25
251
Acknowledgments 26
261
Copyright

A Psychics Vision
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About the author (2009)

RONALD KESSLER is the New York Times bestselling author of The Terrorist Watch, The Bureau, Inside the White House, and The CIA at War. A former reporter for the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, he has won sixteen journalism awards. Kessler lives in Potomac, Maryland, with his wife, Pamela.


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