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Life Inside the Bubble: Why a Top-Ranked Secret Service Agent Walked Away from It All Hardcover – November 19, 2013

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"Dan Bongino walked away because he is an American Patriot and the embodiment of the highest standards of honor, integrity, and character . . . exactly what we need inside the bubble." --Allen B. West, Lieutenant Colonel (US Army, Ret.), Member of 112th Congress

"For Dan Bongino to leave the Secret Service to fight the permanent political class could not have been easy, but his bravery is easily one of the reasons why Americans are learning more about how the D.C. 'Bubble' grows but never pops."
--Matthew Boyle, Investigative Journalist, Breitbart News

"A rare peek inside the DC 'Bubble' which should be a wake-up call to every American." --Sean Hannity, New York Times No. 1 Bestselling author and Fox News Channel Host

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Dan began his career in law enforcement with the NYPD in 1995. He joined the ranks of the Secret Service in 1999 as a special agent where he was assigned to investigate financial crimes. In 2006, Dan entered into duty with the elite Presidential Protective Division in the administration of President George W. Bush. He remained on protective duty during the change in administration to President Barack Obama. He resigned from the Secret Service in 2011 to run for a senate seat in Maryland.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: WND Books; 1 edition (November 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938067363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938067365
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (767 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Thomas M. Magee on December 10, 2013
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This book flows very easily. It is a good story about life for the run of the mill Secret Service agent. The story focuses on the personal side of an agent's life. You get a sense of what they do, the connected pressures, and the personal strains they all undertake in the name of duty. The story is light on the technical side of the job. You won't get much on the weapons, tactics and all of that good stuff. That is about the first 100 pages of the book.

The second half of the book is where I ran into disappointment. His interviews on TV made the book sound like a new political scandal book. You wont' see much of that in the book. Mr. Bongino talks about a few of the recent scandals. His summary of these events are very concise and entertaining. However he really doesn't offer anything new which hasn't been talked about before in the media. I did enjoy the chapter about his Senate run. He was able to get the nomination but lost in the general. That sort of does give the average person a sense of hope that the political class doesn't run everything.

You do get a sense of who the author is in the book. He has little opinion inserts all through the book. There should have been more of that. You do get a sense that he is a true American hero. I hope eventually he gets elected.
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I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book last week before it hit the shelves. This is a compelling biography about a former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino and his life struggles. Bongino's story begins in Queens, NY as a child. His family was poor and life was tough. He talks about his time with the NYPD and how he landed a job with the Secrete Service. It's packed with plenty of stories in between.

Those of you who felt compelled to write a negative review of this book should now go back and actually read it. Don't pull a Pelosi, it's so obvious that you never read the book because you don't know what's in it.

I per-ordered 3 books for Christmas gifts and will order a few more. Great job Dan Bongino, I can't wait for the sequel!
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My copy finally arrived and I loved it. It really was a "Snap Shot" into the life of Dan Bongino. There were no big secrets about what goes on behind the scenes in DC but you really got a feel for the Day to Day life behind the "Curtain". Really enjoyed it.
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Former Agent Dan Bongino has added a fine volume to the cannon of works on the Secret Service. I salute you, sir: you are a dedicated public servant and best of luck in all you do. Great book- very well written! Mr. Bongino speaks well on television, as well, and this book speaks just as well.

Vince Palamara
Author of "Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy"
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Dan tells it like it is. Thanx Dan , for not being afraid to speak out . The criminals in DC (yes, including you-know-who too !) need to be exposed NOW before it's too late.
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I couldn't put it down. His story is interesting, the book well-written, and inspiring. It made me work harder at the gym. I want to be tough too! It was riveting look inside the Secret Service and the gov't. The book answers some questions I've had about how, in the age of information, can the current administration be surprised and mystified by world events! I really appreciated the details about Bengazi. Nothing I heard on the news made sense. Politicians are counting on us not paying attention. When Jay Leno does his "Jay Walk" we laugh at how ignorant Americans can be about important issues, but it's not funny. It's scary. Reading this book reminded me again how glad I am that there are some tough, honorable people with our best interests at heart. Sadly if they are in WA DC, they can't get anything done. I went to buy several to give for Christmas, and what!? it's not out in hard back yet. I expect interesting things from Dan Bongino. Maybe elected office isn't the most effective way to get good things done. not WA DC anyway...
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Honesty, courage , and pride in service did not deter the truth from being told.
A rare conviction so strong, all the effort and success in meeting the requirements of the job description did not interfere with personal beliefs, and a decision had to be made by this person to step up to the plate and even try to change his career intentions after 12 years of being well thought of in the secret service, what he and roughly 63% of Americans and patriots believe . (Statistics are based on a reported 37% approval rate currently of this administration)
This abuse of power must be challenged and it would take giving up a job he loved , to try to do something about it.
He made sacrifices which included not seeing his family, ( his daughter asking him " daddy are you allowed to sleep here tonight?"), on a regular basis, traveling on twelve hour flights to Afghanistan, and doing all the planning just to have the some of these trips cancelled arbitrarily .
He seemed to thrive on the tremendous stress of the planning it involved and his reward was keeping the president safe. No other tangible reward was received when he resigned, no recognition except his satisfaction he did his job well, and appreciative admiration from within the ranks of the service. Oh , and he had to be willing to take a bullet for whoever he was protecting at the time.
He sets the bar high for himself just as most others do in the secret service. No whining, worked diligently for ever changing intelligence, and had an extremely high work ethic.
I and many others would be overjoyed if he and others like him would be elected to the senate to perpetuate the truth , and achieve a balance while restoring dignity, decorum and balance to our constatuitionally intended three divisions of American government.
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