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Within Arm's Length: The Extraordinary Life and Career of a Special Agent in the United States Secret Service Paperback – January 17, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (January 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462070728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462070725
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Controversial." —Inside Edition

"This book is a must-read for anyone anticipating a job in government security services or police administration." —Abraham Bolden, first African American Secret Service agent assigned to PPD

"I found Within Arm’s Length to be an honest window into the long, at times exuberant, and often difficult career of a Secret Service Agent." —Josh King, Polioptics

"Within Arm's Length is, without question, the best book ever written about the Secret Service." —Vince Palamara, author of Survivors Guilt

"Very moving!" —Jake Tapper, CNN correspondent and New York Times bestselling author of The Outpost

“The book is great!” —Tom Sullivan, FOX News

“[A] fascinating book.” —Shannon Bream, FOX News
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Dan Emmett earned a master's degree from Troy University. A former captain in the US Marine Corps, he worked twenty-one years as a special agent in the US Secret Service. Emmett is currently an adjunct professor and security consultant. He lives with his family in the southeastern United States.

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This is the account of Mr. Emmett's career in the Secret Service.
Richard A. Mitchell
The book takes you through a typical agent's career giving one an insight into the trials and tribulations that an agent faces throughout his or her career.
matttara
The book was very great and informative read and I'd recommend it for anyone with an interest in the secret service or of the presidential security details.
Shayne

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Fmr. Agent Abraham Bolden on February 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
As an ex-secret service agent and the first African American to be assigned to the Secret Service White House Detail during the presidency of John F. Kennedy, I found "Within Arm's Length" to be to be a very well written and informative book detailing the duties of a secret service agent. Without embellishing or attempting to paint a heroic picture of the awesome job of presidential protection, Agent Emmett skillfully gives the reader an inside view of what it means to be an agent of the elite group of agents surrounding the president.

I was deeply impressed by his descriptions of the responsibilities and duties of the advance detail agents who are responsible for setting up the protection of the president whenever the president travels. The marvel of this book is that it describes these procedures without sacrificing the security of the current operations.

This is a book well written. It is a "must read" for anyone anticipating a job in government security services or police administration.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By matttara on March 5, 2012
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I worked with Dan in the New York Field Office and have known him for over 30 years. I can vouch for his integrity and the accuracy of the content of his book. His description of life in the Secret Service is much more valid than a recent publication by a non agent who sought out salicious stories by some disgruntled former agents. The book takes you through a typical agent's career giving one an insight into the trials and tribulations that an agent faces throughout his or her career. I highly recommend it.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Brenda on February 3, 2012
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Dan Emmett documented an interesting and honest account of his important responsibilities and accomplishmets within the Secret Service. Mr. Emmett brought us through the "ups and downs" of what agents go through with their personal lives and family due to mandatory transfers, long working hours and the overall stress of constantly working both protection and investigaions. The author's writing method, while serious, also maintained a sense of humor throughout the book indicating that his flexibility and optimistic attitude brought him through many difficult times. I enjoyed this book and highly recommend reading it for anyone who desires insight into what is behind the curtain of the U.S. Secret Service.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ISA on February 23, 2012
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I, and two other members of my family, enjoyed reading Dan Emmett's "Within Arm's Length"! Emmett provided the readers a true description of the demands and sacrifices required of a Secret Service Agent and his/her family. What is most beneficial to the readers is that the stories and information that Emmett provides are based on his personal experiences! Emmett also highlights the high standards and principles of the U.S. Secret Service as a Federal Law Enforcement Agency, which make it and its members "Worthy of Trust and Confidence"! We highly recommend this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jim Cullen on February 15, 2012
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Mr. Emmett gives an up front and personal account of his career and the ups and downs of government service, in one of the most prestigious organizations in the world. His first hand accounts make you feel like you are on board with him working through the excitement and frustrations of a secret service agent. His accounts brings you closer to true day to day history making, than you will ever see on the news or in text books. It is clear that Mr. Emmett believes in his country, himself, and what is good in America. A refreshing honest memoir of one of the great Americans that make this country great.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kimmiecake on February 17, 2012
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"Within Arm's Length" is a hard book to put down once you've begun reading. Dan Emmett is as great at writing as he was at protecting three of our US Presidents. You will be hard pressed to find a more honest account of *behind the scenes* stories that incorporate humor into a book that just makes one feel warm inside. My cousin, Floyd *Toad* Boring was a SSA to five US Presidents including John F Kennedy and I know Dan Emmett's book, life's story and honest accounts of his honorable service would make him Very proud!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William E. Liberatore TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 22, 2012
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In Dan Emmett's own words he wrote this book "as the result of frustration brought about by the too many recent books available about the Secret Service that have in some cases not portrayed the organization in an accurate, fair, and objective manner". I feel he has accomplished his goal admirably. The book doesn't come across as a cheerleading recruitment tool or as a bitter bashing of the service. In actuality, it is almost too vanilla. I could almost hear Mr. Emmett saying, "Just the facts, ma'am" in Dragnet monotone. He is very direct and dry at times. Why the 5 stars then? I didn't find that presentation for this subject matter to be objectionable. On the contrary, with his stated purpose in mind, I feel that I have read a very accurate account of a career in the Secret Service. Don't expect dirt on the Presidents that he protected, it's not there and I agree with him that it shouldn't be. If you buy this book I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and thanks for taking the time to read my review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Mitchell VINE VOICE on May 30, 2012
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This is the account of Mr. Emmett's career in the Secret Service. I think he would admit, that it is a biased account. He loves the Secret Service and is justifiably proud of his service. He does think it has gotten a tad softer and more politically correct than necessary, but he loves the Service and it shows.

Mr. Emmett plotted his career from an agent doing investigative work to protecting three presidents and then training new agents. The accounts are interesting and includes the training and the small stuff the public does not observe or even think about. One really does not know the extent of the protection and layers of planning that goes into any event the President attends. Mr. Emmett does a good job explaining the many facets of the protective detail.

This was an informative and entertaining account from a true insider who experienced a life of the guys always in the background until catastrophe strikes.
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