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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,893 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ronald Kessler Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Markmeersman | 2/20/2014

    " Okay at best, somewhat interesting. I can't believe this guy writes for a living, some of the stuff in this book is just stupid crap (sorry for being blunt). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mhgoblue | 2/4/2014

    " The gossipy stories about presidents' personal lives were interesting, but the book wasn't very well written so I can't give it above a 3. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Beth | 1/3/2014

    " Some of the stories Kessler told were interesting (especially the ones addressing the character of presidents, vice presidents, & their wives), but overall, this was a poorly written book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rory | 12/9/2013

    " Very interesting book. Current and former members of the secret service share their opinions of Presidents and Vice Presidents. Opinions of President Lyndon Johnson were eye opening. As was the commentary on the negative aspects of the secret service. "

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