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105 of 120 people found the following review helpful
TOP 100 REVIEWERon November 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"Life Inside the Bubble" by Dan Bongino is the story about a man who went from being a cop and secret agent, to eventually completely abandoning his career and embarking upon the dark water of policy.

Dan Bongino started his career as member of NY Police Department, in his home city where he was raised since he was born in Queens.
Although he grew up modestly, from the start of his career he gradually started ascending the hierarchy by successful realization of his tasks, gaining greater and more important jobs that eventually led him to become a member of elite Presidential Protective Division in White House.

Because of all the things he experienced while working as secret agent, together with his own beliefs he decided to leave a long career in which he was successful.
Instead he resigned from the Secret Service in 2011 and decided to enter into uncertain world of politics, running for the United States Senate against the Democrats.

In his book he described his entire life so far, not neglecting any period, speaking about his childhood, time he spent in NYPD, the stories about him becoming Secret Service agent and time he spent working there.

And though I guess that due to his political beliefs, the book (as well as this review) will be probably a priori rejected from all those who think differently, I suggest that you dedicate some time and even if you think otherwise give it a chance (at least borrowing it from your local library).
The book is decently written and provides some information that would be of interest to every American citizen.
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278 of 329 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2013
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I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book last week before it hit the shelves. This is a compelling biography about a former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino and his life struggles. Bongino's story begins in Queens, NY as a child. His family was poor and life was tough. He talks about his time with the NYPD and how he landed a job with the Secrete Service. It's packed with plenty of stories in between.

Those of you who felt compelled to write a negative review of this book should now go back and actually read it. Don't pull a Pelosi, it's so obvious that you never read the book because you don't know what's in it.

I per-ordered 3 books for Christmas gifts and will order a few more. Great job Dan Bongino, I can't wait for the sequel!
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141 of 166 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2013
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Former Agent Dan Bongino has added a fine volume to the cannon of works on the Secret Service. I salute you, sir: you are a dedicated public servant and best of luck in all you do. Great book- very well written! Mr. Bongino speaks well on television, as well, and this book speaks just as well.

Vince Palamara
Author of "Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy"
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66 of 76 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2013
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My copy finally arrived and I loved it. It really was a "Snap Shot" into the life of Dan Bongino. There were no big secrets about what goes on behind the scenes in DC but you really got a feel for the Day to Day life behind the "Curtain". Really enjoyed it.
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132 of 167 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2013
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Dan tells it like it is. Thanx Dan , for not being afraid to speak out . The criminals in DC (yes, including you-know-who too !) need to be exposed NOW before it's too late.
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51 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2013
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I couldn't put it down. His story is interesting, the book well-written, and inspiring. It made me work harder at the gym. I want to be tough too! It was riveting look inside the Secret Service and the gov't. The book answers some questions I've had about how, in the age of information, can the current administration be surprised and mystified by world events! I really appreciated the details about Bengazi. Nothing I heard on the news made sense. Politicians are counting on us not paying attention. When Jay Leno does his "Jay Walk" we laugh at how ignorant Americans can be about important issues, but it's not funny. It's scary. Reading this book reminded me again how glad I am that there are some tough, honorable people with our best interests at heart. Sadly if they are in WA DC, they can't get anything done. I went to buy several to give for Christmas, and what!? it's not out in hard back yet. I expect interesting things from Dan Bongino. Maybe elected office isn't the most effective way to get good things done. not WA DC anyway...
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2013
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This book flows very easily. It is a good story about life for the run of the mill Secret Service agent. The story focuses on the personal side of an agent's life. You get a sense of what they do, the connected pressures, and the personal strains they all undertake in the name of duty. The story is light on the technical side of the job. You won't get much on the weapons, tactics and all of that good stuff. That is about the first 100 pages of the book.

The second half of the book is where I ran into disappointment. His interviews on TV made the book sound like a new political scandal book. You wont' see much of that in the book. Mr. Bongino talks about a few of the recent scandals. His summary of these events are very concise and entertaining. However he really doesn't offer anything new which hasn't been talked about before in the media. I did enjoy the chapter about his Senate run. He was able to get the nomination but lost in the general. That sort of does give the average person a sense of hope that the political class doesn't run everything.

You do get a sense of who the author is in the book. He has little opinion inserts all through the book. There should have been more of that. You do get a sense that he is a true American hero. I hope eventually he gets elected.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2014
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Honesty, courage , and pride in service did not deter the truth from being told.
A rare conviction so strong, all the effort and success in meeting the requirements of the job description did not interfere with personal beliefs, and a decision had to be made by this person to step up to the plate and even try to change his career intentions after 12 years of being well thought of in the secret service, what he and roughly 63% of Americans and patriots believe . (Statistics are based on a reported 37% approval rate currently of this administration)
This abuse of power must be challenged and it would take giving up a job he loved , to try to do something about it.
He made sacrifices which included not seeing his family, ( his daughter asking him " daddy are you allowed to sleep here tonight?"), on a regular basis, traveling on twelve hour flights to Afghanistan, and doing all the planning just to have the some of these trips cancelled arbitrarily .
He seemed to thrive on the tremendous stress of the planning it involved and his reward was keeping the president safe. No other tangible reward was received when he resigned, no recognition except his satisfaction he did his job well, and appreciative admiration from within the ranks of the service. Oh , and he had to be willing to take a bullet for whoever he was protecting at the time.
He sets the bar high for himself just as most others do in the secret service. No whining, worked diligently for ever changing intelligence, and had an extremely high work ethic.
I and many others would be overjoyed if he and others like him would be elected to the senate to perpetuate the truth , and achieve a balance while restoring dignity, decorum and balance to our constatuitionally intended three divisions of American government. legislative, judical, and executive branches, (which for all purposes seem to consist of just two lately.)
We indeed need such people to clean out the present blatant disgrace while serving in these areas. We must return to our beginnings , and not perpetuate job security which he talks about as the main goal of people being re elected with no term limits in place currently.
It takes money , conviction acted upon, and a good steady reputation. He didn't have the 6 million to win in Maryland's'
last race for the senate that his opponent literally bought.
Hopefully that will change as America wakes up.
A little dry in the beginning , but a valuable lesson in history regarding the fortitude it takes to serve in the secret service. Well worth the time it takes to read,
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117 of 162 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The first 4 reviews did not review this book. They reviewed the interviews with the author and the author they've never met.
One review dished the book and promoted his favorite authors.
To people who are forced to mine for 5 years now to find rare nuggets of truth, we should all buy the book, support the brave and value anything you find is new and true.
Encourage truth. Numbers of sales speak a language understood by everyone.

The price of truth for Bongino may foreseeably be paid by him in character attacks, discrediting, some invented 'exposure', God forbid; a Hastings experience. To 61% of people polled today Obama's administration is obscure.
He has a penchant to tell; always telling, telling, the nation what they want with no independent poll numbers reporting what the people actually want when the pollster asked instead of told.
Obama's campaign speeches promised obscurity; riddled with " you misunderstand what I said ", but we didn't, nevertheless he disarmed the listener with his version of " you're wrong ".
Airways retrained minds by rote, repeating his finger pointing Blame Bush hatred. The beginning of hiddenness.
With all the information under his control he could have reported facts to account for the state of the nation he inherited to better. Instead he accused and accused and accused. Woe is Me has served him well. A nation has looked at the woundedness of the man and not his intent.
Denial, blame, finger pointing, making others accountable yet refusing to answer questions, a presidency that replicates an ad campaign run by Hollywood lights and camera, wardrobe and Stanislavski convening on Madison Avenue.
Reading this book by one of the rare brave is the difference between seeing a movie by a Producer-Director whose money is invested for a return and reading the book by the Author who lived it whose reputation is invested for you. No amount of book sales will offset the dangers Bongino will face.
Like the 60 highly trained top US military commanders Obama has quietly purged as he begins his purge, reenacting pages from Joseph Stalin and every wannabe leader of the world; the quiet purging of military brass who refuse to fire on their countrymen. Our laws prevent our military from firing on American's. Are they replaced with commanders who will give such an order? Do we know the truth? What is occurring in secret today may be the truth hidden behind the speeches. You can buy this book and allow someone else to give their speech.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
From volcanic eruptions in Indonesia, to sandstorms in Afghanistan to even running in his very own political race Dan Bongino has seen many interesting situations. His new and rarely covered perspective is one of the many reasons why I chose; Life Inside the Bubble, why top- ranked secret service agent walked away from it all. This book was written by Dan Bongino himself, and he tells a true tale about his journey through the secret service and the opportunities that accompanied it.

He started out his book by recalling his childhood in New York, his seemly normal childhood was disrupted by his parents’ divorce which sent him packing to the bustling city of Queens, New York. After his mother found a new man who often drank too much and tended to get abusive, he reminiscences it as the reason he wanted to go into law enforcement.

After enrolling and completing NYPD’s cadet program he is stationed in permanently in the 75th precinct in Brooklyn, where he often saw many troubling things. After working for NYPD he decided to change course and apply for the secret service. After May of 1999, he worked countless hours to raise his rank and eventually protect the Clintons, the Bushs and the Obamas. After nobly serving as head of security for many operations Dan once again to change course. He decided it was his turn to be a political head.
Some downfalls of Life Inside the bubble were the very heavy political terminology which was accompanied by his very biased opinions. Also on occasion I found Dan to be somewhat close minded. Throughout the book Dan describes situations in excess length and often sounds conceded. I personally wish he would have described why he felt certain ways about political situations rather than why the opposing political side was wrong. Dan often felt was though the government was in the wrong, and because of this he also comes of very negative. Negativity is excess gets hard to digest. I also wish Dan Bongino would have talked more about his personal encounters with the people he protected.

Some of my favorite parts of Life inside the Bubble, I admire his aspiration to be the change in politics. Throughout the book he mentions many times his personal disagreement with his protectee’s policy, I admire he didn’t just sit around and complain he himself took action. I also loved that he highlighted the dirty sides of politics. It not always rainbows and sunshine and can seriously affect you and your family, as an aspiring politician it’s good to keep that in mind. Before I selected this book I became aware of the controversy surrounding it, I would recommend not paying too much attention to the negativity and formulate your own feeling because overall, I enjoyed the book, and would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in politics.
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