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A readable and frequently engaging memoir of the author's 23 years in the Secret Service focuses on his time in the personal protective detail, guarding President Reagan and his family. In detailing his four years in that capacity, Petro burnishes the image of the Reagans as personally agreeable, even admirable, and easy to deal with in a professional context. A particularly moving part of the book deals with the Geneva Summit at which Reagan and Gorbachev substantially thawed the Cold War, and the author's perspective on some of Reagan's mediagenic faux pas shed further light on a much-discussed aspect of the Great Communicator. The Reagans were not the only VIPs that fell into Petro's sphere—the Quayles didn't like being protected and did like vigorous sports (such as whitewater rafting, during which Marilyn Quayle once fell out of the raft). The author provides hints of tactical and ethical principles of the protection detail, as well as the internal politics of the Secret Service. He finishes with one of his most demanding jobs, protecting Pope John Paul II through a 10-day, 114-stop tour of the United States. This is a thoroughly readable narrative of professionalism in action in a delicate sphere of activity; notably, while this is Petro's first book, it is his college roommate Robinson's 19th.
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Former Secret Service agent Petro protected Henry Kissinger, Nelson Rockefeller, Gerald Ford, Walter Mondale, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Dan and Marilyn Quayle, and Pope John Paul II. His memoir of 20-plus years standing post or watching crowds is replete with anecdotes arranged to show what the Secret Service does. Petro stresses the friction inherent between safety and public visibility, and illustrates that point by recounting the negotiations that occurred between those being protected and the men and women with the earplugs and impassive visages. Petro introduces this main topic with an account of his arrangement of a Reagan trip to a baseball game, and sustains it though various settings, whether an international summit conference or a restaurant. More personally, the author confides his recruitment to the Secret Service and his investigations, such as infiltrating John Kerry's antiwar group. True to the Secret Service's ethos of confidentiality, Petro shies from gossip but imparts just enough to imply his opinions of the people he guarded, which is the part that will be of most interest to his readers. Gilbert Taylor
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I found this very informative. I felt as the author sat across from me relating his story. Nicely done.Published 14 days ago by pidge
Very good book I think at the time this was the only book written about protection and about the secret service and of course others have followed suit so the author is the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by jlbjr
A must read for anyone searching for a poignant look at the human side of the secret service mixed with the anecdotes of the people they protect.Published 4 months ago by marshall berman
kept my interest was nice to remember some of history when I was a teenPublished 5 months ago by J Cosgrove
Great read, recommend the book for people who love American history. Up close with details on the life and times of the Secret Service.Published 6 months ago by Jonathan Keith Daniels
This gentleman wrote it like it is, but he was very matter of fact rather than abrasive. He did not short change any of his clients who deserved compliments either, and there were... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joan Rodriguez
I enjoyed this book because I like history. I like biography. I like the White House. And I'm interested in U.S. Presidents. This book covers all if that and more. Read morePublished 8 months ago by DrDave
Entertaining and in depth view if what happened in the Secret Service.Published 11 months ago by Frances Marra