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The First Family Detail

Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents

Book - 2014
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Since publication of his bestselling book In the President's Secret Service, investigative reporter Ronald Kessler has continued to penetrate the wall of secrecy that surrounds the U.S. Secret Service, breaking the story that Secret Service agents who were to protect President Obama hired prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia and revealing that the Secret Service allowed a third uninvited guest to crash a White House state dinner. Now, Kessler presents far bigger and more consequential stories about our nation's leaders and the agency sworn to protect them. Kessler widens his scope to include presidential candidates and former presidents after they leave the White House. In particular, he focuses on First Ladies, their children, and their relationships with the presidents. From observing reckless behavior that threatens the country's safety, to escorting presidential mistresses, to watching their own agency take risks that could result in an assassination, Secret Service agents know a secret world that Ronald Kessler exposes in breathtaking detail.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Crown Forum, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780804139212
Branch Call Number: 363.283 KESSLER
Characteristics: x, 258 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, color portraits ; 25 cm


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Jun 11, 2017

I thought it was an interesting behind the scenes look at both the Secret Service and the WH inhabitants. Looking at the other comments I don't know what to think.

Nov 25, 2016

Fake book. Why is the library supporting fake authors?

Aug 06, 2015

This book is about the Secret Service, not their protectees as the title implies.

Jun 29, 2015

“The weird inaccuracies in Ronald Kessler's new book on the Secret Service” by Marc Ambinder . . .
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“How The CIA Got Conservative Author Ronald Kessler To Spin For Them On Torture” by Oliver Willis, from: . . . . . .
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Oct 27, 2014

I picked the book without reading any of the previous reviews. Big mistake.

I have never before read such a biased partisan view of the executive offices. Everything seemed to be about the behavior of members (and their families) of one party, while withholding any negative comments about the other party.

Otherwise, it seemed to be a tear down of the failures of the secret service organization, rather than an explanation of the purpose of the Secret Service.

Oct 13, 2014

Very little about the presidents and their families. Mainly about the cost cutting and failures of the Secret Service.

Armdis Sep 10, 2014

This is a very interesting book that I devoured in only a couple of hours. The Secret Service has always been a subject of great interest to me, as they are privy to many of the personality characteristics, positive and negative alike, that reveal much about the true person behind the public persona that these figureheads try to embody.

Sample passages:
The fact that Hillary fired a White House usher who was the father of four children for trying to help a former first lady with her computer and denounced and humiliated her friend Vince Foster in front of White House colleagues demonstrates Nixonian ruthlessness, hypocrisy, and paranoia that could be expected to balloon if she were ever president. Likewise, her calculated determination to overlook her husband's philandering to enhance her political fortunes suggests overweening ambition that could spiral out of control in the White House. Nor is Hillary's nastiness with Secret Service agents - earning her a reputation as the most detested protectee - a sign of a stable individual who cares about the little people she claims to champion. Instead, agents say the real Hillary Clinton hungers for power and bears little resemblance to the image she seeks to project.
(Assistant White House Usher) Pierce was old friends with (Nancy Reagan's King Charles spaniel dog) Rex, or so he thought. During the day, the usher's office - just inside the front entrance on the first floor of the mansion - is a favorite snoozing area for White House pets. But this time, for some reason, Rex was not at all cheerful about seeing Pierce. As Pierce turned to leave, Rex bit his ankle and held on. Pierce pointed his finger at the dog, a gesture to tell Nancy's pet to let go. But Nancy turned on Pierce. "Don't you ever point your finger at my dog," she said.


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