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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 ›
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An excellent overview of the challenges and defects in protecting POTUS and other important leaders and candidates. Read morePublished 1 day ago by CRS
I won't say anything more, Just read the book for yourself and make your own conclusion. BUT the topic is VERY TIMELY right now with the election in November.Published 1 day ago by ANDREA
Some of these things I had heard before so now I see they are true . Very informative to read about all the other families and this is only the tip of the... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Vera maestas
If you buy this book don't get In the President's Secret Service since they are identical with the exception of a paragraph or two.Published 3 days ago by DR BOYER
Interesting to hear the stories of behind the scenes in the White House. A good read.Published 5 days ago by Izod64
Very good insight into the duties of the Secret Service and the many personalities of the First Families, some good, some not very good.Published 9 days ago by Terry E. Childs