Secrets of the Secret Service: The History and Uncertain Future of the U.S. Secret Service by Gary J. Byrne

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SECRETS OF THE SECRET SERVICE is a unique, behind-the-scenes look at what makes the Secret Service tick and the increasingly reactive strategies and tactics that place presidential security at risk.

The United States Secret Service is tasked with one of the world's most important missions: protecting the President of the United States. World stability rests upon their shoulders. When they sign up to lay down their lives for the leader of the free world, they pledge to ensure America's continuity of government and continued leadership on the world stage.

But unbeknownst to most Americans, that legacy faces a great risk today.

The agency today is fraught with management problems thanks to years of increased politicization. The Secret Services' strategy and tactics have become increasingly reactive, placing presidential security at risk.

New York Times bestselling author GARY BYRNE, a former Secret Service officer, reveals the agency's evolution, studying the major attacks it has thwarted and bringing to life the key players, forces and dramatic shifts that have made it what it is today - an elite but troubled protection force.

SECRETS OF THE SECRET SERVICE shares action-packed stories from the agency's past, covering key moments of American history you only think you know about, and how the Secret Service's untenable downward spiral is set to repeat some of American history's darkest days including the assassinations of Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, and John and Robert Kennedy - as well as the foiled attempts on the lives of Jackson, Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt, Truman, Ford, Reagan, both Presidents Bush, Clinton, Obama, and Trump.

SECRETS OF THE SECRET SERVICE is a unique behind-the-scenes look at what makes the Secret Service tick. It gives the reader an appreciation for the challenges they face every day, from internal and external threats. And it shows the way forward for an agency at a crossroads.

Title : Secrets of the Secret Service: The History and Uncertain Future of the U.S. Secret Service
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ISBN : 1546082476
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Jacqueline rated it ★★★★☆

January 14, 2018

Essential Reading But Not Well Written If you do not remember the early 1970’s then there is vital information in this book that you should know. If you aspire to write tell-all non-fiction you should study this book, especially the sections you do not like. The two authors voices do not blend well...

Ginger rated it ★★★☆☆

January 10, 2018

The book started out as a delicious tell-all, transitioned into a history of the secret service, and ended as a disgruntled worker's rant. The latter part of the book was written for either Congress or assassins. He may have meant well but his rant was repetitive and he didn't consider the uninte...

Jim rated it ★★★★★

January 30, 2018

If the title had not already been used, this book could have been titled, “The Secret Service! The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!” If history repeats itself and for anyone over the age of 30, we all know that it does, then we could very well expect that a future president will be assassinated or inju...

Jen rated it ★★★☆☆

January 29, 2018

President Kennedy made work difficult for his Secret Service agents: he refused to dial back on his (unscreened) mistresses, participation in extreme sports, and high profile social life. He was known to say: "If anyone is crazy enough to kill a President of the United States, he can do it. All a...

Sheri rated it ★★★☆☆

January 31, 2018

It seems the Secret Service experiences the same kinds of problems that plague big businesses...except that the services rendered by the secret service are arguably more far reaching and impacting than many big businesses. I agree with the author that changes need to be made to protect the presid...

Scull17 rated it ★★★☆☆

December 14, 2017

Part history, part memoir, part manifesto, former Secret Service officer and author Gary J. Byrne rants his way through this 300-page book. But who can blame him? If the Service is as broken as he says it is (and of course it is, congressional hearings and the House oversight committee have prove...

Lorraine Meissner rated it ★★★★☆

January 06, 2018

Overboard I don't know if the author threw the secret service under the bus or if the secret service was so mismanaged for so many years that they deserved this scathing report. Gary Byrnes took a lot of chances here and I doubt the secret service will be very happy with him. If what he wrote is t...

Delores rated it ★★★★★

February 19, 2018

Very interesting look at the Secret Service from an insider (now retired). I thank Gary Byrne for having the courage to tell this story and hope that it will bring attention to rebuilding the Secret Service - so many are depending on its success. I listened to the audible version and highly recom...

Onceinabluemoon rated it ★★★★☆

January 14, 2018

4.5 scary and revealing, two stories, two voices, one is quite angry... we listened in the car, each of us screaming did you hear that, is that true, did you know that?! Although I felt ones anger can almost discount the info, it didn't, everyone should read this and watch your jaw drop.

Suzi rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 12, 2018

If you hate Hillary, you'll love this. A lot of redundancy in the stories. Needed a good edit.

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