Crisis of Character

  • by Gary J. Byrne
  • Narrated by Brian Troxell
  • 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Posted directly outside President Clinton's Oval Office, former Secret Service uniformed officer Gary Byrne reveals what he observed of Hillary Clinton's character and the culture inside the White House while protecting the first family in Crisis of Character, the most anticipated book of the 2016 election.


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Very good collection of Clinton stories!

What about Brian Troxell’s performance did you like?

He read the text as if he were the author, speaking naturally, as if telling stories to his friends.

Any additional comments?

Although everyone in the media is calling Byrne a "Secret Service Agent", he never claims to be such. He was an officer in the Secret Service Uniformed Division -- essentially a White House cop. As real agents have recently said, Byrne was never an agent, and was never part of the Presidential Protective Division.

Byrne started his career as Air Force Security Police. An early chapter of the book describes in detail how challenging Air Force Basic Training at Lackland AFB was. I cringed because I know how easy it is, compared to other services. Byrne takes a whole chapter to describe his military career in detail. If you know anything about Security Police, you know that their days are filled with stultifying boredom, sprinkled with moments of panic. When they tell their stories, they usually omit the boredom, and string together the most exciting events. In many cases, these exciting events actually happened to other people in their unit, but when they tell stories, what happened to one happened to all.

That is the crux of most of the criticisms of Byrne's book. Most of the stories in the book did not actually happen to him personally, but he cobbles together details of events that happened to all agents and officers, and adds all the rumors and gossip he heard in the break room to weave his story. However, even if you discard half of his book as rumor, gossip, and third-party nonsense, what remains is still damning.

Here are some points that stand out in my mind from the first ten chapters:

- Al Gore is a fool. When he first moved in to the VP mansion, he started searching for electronic bugs left behind by the Bush41 staff. He climbed ladders and pulled out all sorts of sensors, which drive the security folks crazy. He was also quite lax (as were the entire Clinton staff) about securing classified documents, which also drove security crazy.

- When the Clinton staff moved into the White House, they treated it as their personal palace. One guy in a suit sat on the edge of the pool and dipped his feet, while enjoying the feeling of victory and the promise that his folks now had the power to change everything. When asked by the SSUD for his ID, he said it was in his desk. When the SSUD searched for his ID, he became belligerent. He was gone the next day.

- Hillary and her sycophants wanted everything their way and NOW, regardless of standing security regulations and budgetary limitations. They threw elaborate galas and really left a mess in their wake, dropping food and drink all over the expensive carpets.

- When Leon Panetta replaced Mack McLarty as White House Chief of Staff, he reprimanded many of the staff who were lax in their customs and courtesies. For example, he insisted everyone stand when the President entered the room, and chewed out one idiot who had his feet up on a desk the whole time the President was there.

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- Dana

Finally. People are starting to speak up.

What made the experience of listening to Crisis of Character the most enjoyable?

I knew the author was highly credible. A decades seasoned veteran whose heart was to serve our country. I can't imagine the terrible conflicts and scandalous situations that many seem to find themselves when having to work with the Clintons. To have to serve such abuse of power, such lack of character, is reprehensible. No Clinton should be allowed near our government ever again.

What other book might you compare Crisis of Character to and why?

Clinton Cash. Because stories of Clinton corruption are corroborated and affirmed.
Finally people are speaking up and speaking out about bad leadership plunging this country into refuse.

What does Brian Troxell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Like I was there.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

No more Clintons! No more Bushs'!

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- Wayne Pruski

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-28-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio