The First Family Detail

The First Family Detail

Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents

Book - 2014
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The First Family Detail will tell the story of what it is like to be a secret service agent assigned to the first family and what agents have seen from the presidencies of Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower through George W. Bush and Barack Obama. The revelations enlighten our understanding of the lives of first ladies ranging from Pat Nixon and Betty Ford to Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama-as well as presidents, vice presidents, presidential candidates, former presidents, and their children. The book will cover the entire sweep of the agency's relationship with a president, from the moment a candidate announces a run for the oval office to his years out of office. Never before has protecting the president and his relatives been investigated with such breadth.
Publisher: New York : Crown Forum, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780804139212
0804139210
Characteristics: x, 258 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm

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lilypad_1
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.

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diraebair
Nov 25, 2016

Fake book. Why is the library supporting fake authors?

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nannianni
Aug 06, 2015

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

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naturalist
Jun 29, 2015

“The weird inaccuracies in Ronald Kessler's new book on the Secret Service” by Marc Ambinder . . .
from: . . . http://theweek.com/articles/444781/weird-inaccuracies-ronald-kesslers-new-book-secret-service . . .
and . . .
“How The CIA Got Conservative Author Ronald Kessler To Spin For Them On Torture” by Oliver Willis, from: . . . http://mediamatters.org/tags/ronald-kessler . . .
and . . .
“MORE ON RONALD KESSLER, THE FORMER NEWSMAX COLUMNIST POLITICO ASKED TO COMMENT ON THE SECRET SERVICE” . . . from . . . http://nomoremister.blogspot.ca/2014/10/more-on-ronald-kessler-former-newsmax.html . . .
and, . . .
several items from: . . . http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/ronald-kessler/

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gsh7768
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.

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cardigramma
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.

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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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