Within Arm's Length

  • by Dan Emmett
  • Narrated by Kevin Foley
  • 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dan Emmett was just eight years old when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The events surrounding the president's death shaped the course of young Emmett's life as he set a goal of becoming a U.S. Secret Service agent-one of a special group of people willing to trade their lives for that of the president, if necessary. Within Arm's Length is a revealing and compelling inside look at the Secret Service and the elite Presidential Protective Division (PPD). Using stories from some of the author's more high-profile assignments in his twenty-one years of service, Emmett describes the professional, physical, and emotional challenges faced by Secret Service agents. Included are never-before-discussed topics such as the complicated relationship between presidents, first ladies, and their agents; the inner workings of Secret Service protective operations; and the seldom-mentioned challenges of the complex Secret Service cultural issues faced by an agent's family.

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What the Critics Say

"Controversial." (Inside Edition)

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Not What I Was Expecting

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People with a specific interest in the Secret Service.


Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Emmett again?

I would not rule it out, but doubtful.


What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The slight whistle when making "S" sounds was very distracting and pronunciation of "addition", annoyed me.


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Some of the stories were interesting, but this book is 95% about Dan Emmett. The description of the book made it seem like there would be more anecdotes about US Presidents.


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- VC

Excellent choice

This is an excellent choice for anyone wanting to know some history of the U.S. Secret Service and it has a great story line to accompany it.
Mr. Emmett has a very interesting history and I am glad I made the choice to purchase.
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- Matt

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-26-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio