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, 2010 - Political Science - 285 pages
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.

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. 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 and 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.
 

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User Review  - Dawn Maria S. - Overstock.com

Great book that dives into life of a Secret Service Agent and it gave us inside information of what it is like serving some of our politicians and what they are allegedly like. Read full review

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User Review  - knightlight777 - LibraryThing

An interesting book by Ron Kessler who has a fairly impressive background. A bit dated when I read this but lots of good info on what the Secret Service does and how they deal with many obstacles ... Read full review

Contents

Lancer
10
Threats
22
Searchlight
30
Daro
40
Passkey
49
Deacon
70
Stagecoach
80
Hogans Alley
100
Trailblazer
180
Living on Borrowed Time
188
Turquoise and Twinkle
195
Angler
205
Renegade
216
Grenade
229
Padding Statistics
236
Dereliction of Duty
244

The Big Show
118
A Psychics Vision
139
Eagle
145
Cutting Corners
151
2 POTUS
162
Shutting Down Magnetometers
171
Afterword to the Paperback Edition
251
Epilogue
263
Secret Service Dates
267
Acknowledgments
273
Index
275
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Ronald Kessler is the New York Times bestselling author of The Secrets of the FBI, In the President's Secret Service, and The CIA at War. A former Wall Street Journal and Washington Post investigative reporter, Kessler has won eighteen journalism awards, including two George Polk awards, one for national reporting and one for community service. He was named a Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine. Kessler lives in Potomac, Maryland with his wife, Pamela Kessler.

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