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The United States Federal Air Marshal Service: A Historical Perspective, 1962 - 2012: "Fifty Years of Service" Paperback – May 30, 2013
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Clay Biles is a former U.S. Federal Air Marshal, serving in this capacity from April 13, 2008 to June 3, 2013. Clay was awarded the Distinguished Honor Graduate Award for his air marshal training class, and served as the Lead Firearms Instructor for the Federal Air Marshal Service's San Francisco Field Office from 2011-2012. He is a former Navy SEAL, Stanford Medical Center Researcher, and bodyguard for President Hamid Karzai, of Afghanistan. He currently lives in Mexico with his wife and two daughters.
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Top customer reviews
+ There are basic typos on almost every other page. It's a +200 page book, couldn't they at least proofread it?
+ The structure is painful. The author basically assembled a timeline of data and regurgitated it on the page. Makes for an incredibly jumpy and disconnected read.
+ He misses the point. The author will go on and on about some specific detail (like the childhood home of a no-name government administrator), while failing to address major issues (like why the size of the program was cut in half). Mind-blowingly low levels of insight.
Whether self-published or published through a large company, there is, IMO, no excuse for poor grammar, misspellings and bad punctuation in a book. The first time I read the word presidents' with the possessive apostrophe, and the reference was to more than one president with no possessiveness, I cringed. By the third time, I was practically chewing my finger nails (maybe a slight exaggeration). I plowed on to page 10, and plowing it was because it wasn't interesting writing and though written as non-fiction, it rang false to me, when I decided life is too short to waste my time.
The only part I laughed at was towards the end when the author was describing the current state of the Air Marshal Service. I think most FAMS in the field today see the TSA as a hindrance and would welcome being transferred to a legacy Federal Law Enforcement agency rather than a regulatory boondoggle such as the TSA.