In the President's Secret Service

  • by Ronald Kessler
  • Narrated by Alan Sklar
  • 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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President's are just human.

In this amazing eye-opener we learn some shocking, but not really surprising, information about our president's and their families. I say not surprising because looking back I recall hearing that some president's were less than what they seemed in public. It appears that Secret Service agents disliked Jimmy Carter more than any other president. Carter was lazy, rude and shallow. Kessler relates the story of President Carter carrying his own suitcase, which I recall seeing, as being a show; the suitcase was always empty. Apparently Carter was quiet nasty to the agents protecting him. Lyndon Johnson seems to had had sex with any woman who crossed his path. He was also drunk most of the time. I was not surprised about the feeling the agents had toward Reagan, Bush I, Clinton and George W. Bush. The agents adored Ronald and Nancy Reagan, saying they were genuinely good people who also cared about the agents and their families. The same was true of George H. W. Bush and GW, each had reputations for kindness. George W. Bush was know to be nothing like he appeared on TV, apparently he was very, very funny and polite. Barbara Bush is the most respected person mentioned in the book, she was a mother/grandmother figure to everyone. Clinton was liked, but not loved. Slick Willie was known as being laid back. All in all this book is a real eye-opener and Americans would benefit from knowing just what kind of people they elect to hold the job.
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- Parusski "Loyal member since 1998"

Great listen. You may be shocked.....

This book looked interesting so I took a chance on it. I found it to be very interesting right from the start, and it kept my attention all the way through. If you have ever been interested in a behind the scenes look at past presidencies, and a look inside the Secret Service, this book is for you. I was surprised at how rude and ill mannered some of our president's have been. This book will open your eyes to what politicians do when they are out of the public eye. It also goes into detail about what the Secret Service does and how it was formed, and how it has adapted over the years. You will not be disappointed with this book!
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- Thomas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-18-2009
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio