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In the President's Secret Service by Ronald Kessler

 
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Jeremy Billones



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 9:59 am    Post subject: In the President's Secret Service by Ronald Kessler Reply with quote

I took this audiobook out of the library last week. I was hoping for an
interesting look at the way the Secret Service operates, and was
tremendously disappointed.

The book alternates chapters between discussion of a president and their
protection (starting with Kennedy and going through Obama) and a history
of the USSS as an agency and discussion of their methods and operation.

About a third of the book was good. Some good presidential anecdotes,
some nice process stuff. But much of the book was (mostly anonymous)
libel. Discussions of which protectees were having affairs (pretty much
all the dead ones), which ones were jerks (ditto, but they do diss Hillary
and Carter), and how dysfunctional the USSS upper management
is. "Cutting corners" on protection details, forcing agents to work longer
hours in nonqualified roles, and refusing them transfers to Hawaii. At
only one point (a specific allegation of Jimmy Carter ordering the USSS to
violate protection protocol) did the author provide two named sources for
any allegation.

Not worth a rental, let alone a purchase.
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