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Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate Hardcover – June 28, 2016

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GARY J. BYRNE served in federal law enforcement for nearly thirty years, in the U.S. Air Force Security Police, the Uniformed Division of the Secret Service, and most recently as a Federal Air Marshal. While serving as a Secret Service Officer, Gary protected President Bill Clinton and the First Family in the White House.
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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street; Fourth Printing edition (June 28, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455568872
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455568871
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,288 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Graham H. Seibert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 28, 2016
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This is a book about character. This review covers it chapter by chapter, but Chapter One, the next six paragraphs, gives the reader a feeling for the whole book. It is about two ruthless and unprincipled people and the chaos they caused.

Chapter 1 – The Vase

This is the prelude, a chapter taken out of historical sequence to illustrate what it was like within the Clinton White House. This is the chapter that was released sometime ago in the prepublication buildup.

The vase in question was a White House antique that Hillary threw at Bill. It is a metaphor for the whole Clinton story.

Bill was reckless with his womanizing and his other peccadilloes. He did not hide them well at all, and he certainly did not have the self restraint to avoid embarrassing situations.

Hillary is a truly nasty piece of work. She is ruthlessly ambitious and uses intimidation to force her will on all those around her. She was witheringly profane in her speech to political aides, government functionaries, and especially the staff such as the Secret Service who because of their very positions are not allowed to defend themselves. She is a tyrant, a bully.

They do not understand planning and budgets. They are careless with the public money in their own. They are careless with their plans, making dramatic changes on a whim, keeping their staffs constantly off-balance.

They have no self-restraint, even with each other. That's what the vase is about. Hillary threw a registered piece of White House property, and antique vase, at Bill. It broke. What a potential catastrophe for the Secret Service if she happened to hit him and did him damage! They are there to protect him.
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I am the author of Thriller: Nukes: The case of nuclear terrorists (A Sean Ryan Story) (Volume 1), positively reviewed by Hillary Clinton by the way (or by a staffer) when she was a senator. My book dealt with our homeland security and terrorism and so I was eager to get this book about what the officers of the secret service really go through protecting the president. I was not disappointed.

I know the author of House of Cards, Michael Dobbs, modeled the USA version of his story after the Clintons. Many things we knew already in this story, if we lived through the Clinton years and a lot of these antics of theirs were also supported by many other books and documents. They had no respect at all for authority, rules, or the secret service and people in uniform then and they still don't seem to care, from what I read today about the Benghazi reports and Mrs Clinton's response "Let's move on" she said almost without any emotion or a tear in her eye about the dead. After concluding her discourse, she smiles, inappropriately because we are talking about four people that have not just died, but has been tortured and died horribly and her lies to the public overtly and without apology. To say she is cold and insensitive is an understatement. Based on seeing her recent behavior and responses at age 64, a time when most people mellow, I don't doubt she cursed and treated these good officers with contempt when she was much younger and less guarded in the 90's. I saw some of her interviews of that time, looking so young, she was obstinate, had a quick answer for everything and seem very combative, justifying everything.
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This is a book that, while quick to read, is not easy to read. We all know the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Clintons--their personal relationship, the love or lack thereof of country, their unfettered desire for power, and now, thanks to this book, their equally unfettered desire to satisfy themselves at all costs. The author of the book clearly shows that he has no political axe to grind. Indeed, it is out of dedication to upholding the honor of this country and its viability into the future, that he writes. No doubt, the spinners of truth will say that this book was conveniently published to try and destroy Mrs. Clinton's chance to be the president. If that is what you believe, don't read this book. However, if you want to know the character of who may indeed occupy the Oval Office, hold the nuclear football, run the military, and tiptoe through difficult matters of diplomacy, this is a must-read.
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It's interesting to note that most of the 1 star reviews are not verified purchases. I spent most of my night reading this book and found it to be troubling. First of all, I'm not a Trump supporter. Quite frankly, I believe that America's low information voters are about to get a giant helping of the government that they deserve. Having said that, Crisis of Character paints a portrait a megalomaniac who consistently mistakes control for leadership. While Hillary's tag line is that Trump doesn't have the temperament to govern, this book makes clear that it is, in fact, Hillary who is unfit to lead. Gary Byrne will likely gain little financially from this book. It will be largely ignored by the mainstream media, which will only mention it for the purposes of trashing his reputation. Given his background and experience, I think he is trying to do a service to his country, as he has for the 29 years of his career in civil service. In terms of a motive for lying, I don't think he has one, but it's pretty clear that Hillary will say anything she can to get elected to the office she perceives to be her birth right (Google her hot sauce comments).
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