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The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents Hardcover – August 5, 2014
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Although I lean conservative, I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican. I was eager to read this book because it interests me how the 'anointed' really live their lives. Opposite my expectation, I did not get the impression that this book's sole purpose was to bash one political party or the other. For example, the Obamas are generally portrayed in a favorable light, but not all good. The same is true of the Bush family. I do believe the author reported accurately what the Secret Service agents revealed to him. It seems that the book has two purposes. First, to expose the true character of our elected officials. And second, to expose how the Secret Service management makes bad decisions which ultimately puts protectee lives in danger. Not that it was wrong, or bad, but one thing that did not grab my interest were the parts that delved into the inner workings of the Secret Service.
This is mostly an easy read. However, in a couple of places in the book the author follows a couple of rabbit trails and then abruptly snaps back to the original subject. I found that to be hard to follow and a bit frustrating, which is why I took one of the stars away.
Overall, I enjoyed the book, and learned a few things. What more could you ask for? I will be recommending this book to my friends.
To accomplish their mission Secret Service agents must work in close proximity to all their protectees, becoming a part of their lives on a daily basis. This gives the agents a clear window through which to observe their personalities and character. Revelations from some of the agents indicate that what transpires in their clients' private lives may not comport with the image that they desire to show to the public.
As examples, the book describes how a number of protectees were especially "nasty" to the agents and their own staffs: Bill and Hillary Clinton, Nancy Reagan, Jimmy Carter and Al Gore.
Especially friendly and respectful to agents were Ronald Reagan, Bush 41 and 43 and their wives, Dick and Lynne Cheney and Mitt and Ann Romney. The sexual proclivities of LBJ, Bill Clinton (both inside and outside of the Oval Office) and Gary Hart are portrayed as important character issues. Some revelations are surprising, such as the preference of Joe Biden to swim naked in his home pool while being closely guarded by female agents. Many other observations of family members are also related, Including some of their drinking habits. Tension with the children of protected families seems to be prevalent in many cases.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow, there is enough dirt to go around. I had no idea that Carter was a phony and despised by most of the Secret Service. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kalib P
Pretty clear the guy had written one tabloidish version of this back before things were so hyper-partisan, and then saw a payday updating it as a hit-piece in sheep's clothing. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great book, with insider information you would not know unless you're a White House insider. Great exposure of the waste and abuse that's perpetrated by our leaders.Published 7 days ago by Papibor1cua68
Very interesting read. Good to know who we're dealing withPublished 8 days ago by Charles S Marohnic
I read this book back to back with "In the President's Secret Service", which I enjoyed very much. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Sharon11675
Lesson learned: read 1-star reviews before I make purchases off Amazon... Non-fiction? If that isn't The Penguin Random House Joke of 2014, I'd like to hear what is. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Ms Chie Vious