The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents

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As in a play, presidents, vice presidents, and presidential candidates perform on stage for the public and the media. What the nation’s leaders are really like and what goes on behind the scenes remains hidden. Secret Service agents have a front row seat on their private lives and those of their wives and children. 
 
Crammed with new, headline-making revelations, ...

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Overview

As in a play, presidents, vice presidents, and presidential candidates perform on stage for the public and the media. What the nation’s leaders are really like and what goes on behind the scenes remains hidden. Secret Service agents have a front row seat on their private lives and those of their wives and children. 
 
Crammed with new, headline-making revelations, THE FIRST FAMILY DETAIL: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents by Ronald Kessler tells that eye-opening, uncensored story.
 
Since publication of his New York Times bestselling book In the President’s Secret Service, award-winning investigative reporter Ronald Kessler has continued to penetrate the wall of secrecy that surrounds the U.S. Secret Service, breaking the story that Secret Service agents who were to protect President Obama hired prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia and revealing that the Secret Service allowed a third uninvited guest to crash a White House state dinner.
 
Now in this new book, Kessler presents far bigger and more consequential stories about our nation’s leaders and the agency sworn to protect them. Kessler widens his scope to include presidential candidates and former presidents after they leave the White House. In particular, he focuses on first ladies and their children and their relationships with the presidents.
 
From observing Vice President Joe Biden’s reckless behavior that jeopardizes the country’s safety, to escorting Bill Clinton’s blond mistress at Chappaqua, to overhearing First Lady Michelle Obama’s admonitions to the president, to witnessing President Nixon’s friends bring him a nude stripper, to seeing their own agency take risks that could result in an assassination, Secret Service agents know a secret world that Ronald Kessler exposes in breathtaking detail.
 
THE FIRST FAMILY DETAIL reveals:
 
·       Vice President Joe Biden regularly orders the Secret Service to keep his military aide with the nuclear football a mile behind his motorcade, potentially leaving the country unable to retaliate in the event of a nuclear attack. 
 
·       Secret Service agents discovered that former president Bill Clinton has a blond mistress who lives near the Clintons’ home in Chappaqua, New York. Within minutes of Hillary Clinton’s leaving, the woman—codenamed Energizer by agents—shows up to be with Bill and stays every day while the likely future presidential candidate is away.
 
·       The Secret Service covered up the fact that President Ronald Reagan’s White House staff overruled the Secret Service to let unscreened spectators get close to Reagan as he left the Washington Hilton, allowing John W. Hinckley Jr. to shoot the president.
 
·       Secret Service agents have been dismayed to overhear Michelle Obama push her husband to be more aggressive in attacking Republicans and to side with blacks in racial controversies.
 
·       Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan diverted agents from protecting President Obama and his family at the White House and ordered them instead to protect his assistant at her home and illegally retrieve confidential law enforcement records as a favor to her. 
 
·       Because Hillary Clinton is so nasty to agents, being assigned to her protective detail is considered a form of punishment and the worst assignment in the Secret Service. 
 
·       Secret Service agents were ordered to ignore security rules and allow the SUV carrying actor Bradley Cooper to drive unscreened into a secure restricted area when President Obama was about to deliver his speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner. 
 
·       Vice President Joe Biden has racked up costs to taxpayers of a million dollars to fly to and from his home in Delaware on Air Force Two. His office tried to cover up the costs of the personal trips.
 
·       Because the Secret Service refused to provide enough magnetometers at his campaign events, Mitt Romney regularly left himself open to assassination by giving speeches to crowds that had not been screened.
 
·       Vice President Joe Biden swims nude at the vice president’s residence in Washington and at his home in Delaware, offending female Secret Service agents.  

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804139212
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/5/2014
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 14,455
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald Kessler

Ronald Kessler is the New York Times bestselling author of The Secrets of the FBI, In the President's Secret Service, and The CIA at War. A former Wall Street Journal and Washington Post investigative reporter, Kessler has won eighteen journalism awards, including two George Polk awards, one for national reporting and one for community service. He was named a Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine. Kessler lives in Potomac, Maryland with his wife, Pamela Kessler.

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  • Posted August 7, 2014

    Investigative journalist, Ronald Kessler, has wrote a phenomenal

    Investigative journalist, Ronald Kessler, has wrote a phenomenal book! This book boasts to reveal the private lives of the presidents and it does just that. There were many many stories that I have never heard before. I was very shocked to read about some presidents and how their public persona was totally different then who they were in private. After all, we can only see what the president and first family allow us to see.

    The chapters aren’t super long so it won’t lose your interest. Just about all the stories about presidents come from actual Secret Service Agents who were on their detail. I was extremely interested in reading about President George Bush (Sr). He and First Lady, Barbara, were truly wonderful people in public and private. One story that made me smile was when Mrs. Bush gave an agent on their detail a hat because it was cold outside and he didn’t have one. Another thing I enjoyed was all the code names that were given to the presidents and first ladies. It was really awesome to know how everything worked.

    The cover is very eye catching. It features 5 thumbnail pictures of former and current president and their families. The cover will make you stop and want to know what lurks on the inside! It is also a hardcover book which I appreciate.

    I would give this book 5 stars! If you are very interested in politics and history then this book is definitely for you! I really learned a lot from this book about our nation’s leaders. I recommend everyone to give this book a read! You won’t regret it!

    I received this book for free from Blogging For Books Program in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2014

    Investigative journalist Ronald Kessler's newest book, "The

    Investigative journalist Ronald Kessler's newest book, "The First Family Detail" promises to reveal the hidden lives of the Presidents, and it doesn't disappoint. It is easy for most of the public to see only what the Commander in Chief chooses to let us see, but in this book we get an inside peek into the more private lives of the President and the first family.




    Kessler gives accounts from Secret Service agents about the Clinton family, particularly Hillary, as well as Vice President Joe Biden, President Obama, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, George Bush, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter. Personal, first hand observations and interactions with these Presidents and their families abound in these pages, and it's truly fascinating.




    For example, Kessler talks about Jimmy Carter in Chapter Ten of this book, peeling back the layers of Carter's outwardly friendly appearance to reveal someone who was almost hostile to the men of the Secret Service who were sworn to protect him. I found it to be very interesting the differences in the public persona Carter created for himself and the actual accounts from Secret Service agents of him coming in to work early in the Oval Office, only to close his curtains a half hour later and take a nap.




    Overall I found this book to be full of unknown information, and a real inside look at the lives, attitudes, and personalities of the President and his family. Most of the stories I read in this book were ones that I had never heard before, and I think that makes it a must read for any history buff. I would rate this book a 5/5, and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys history or politics. Great read.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2014

    This is not a book I  can recommend.  It does present some inter

    This is not a book I  can recommend.  It does present some interesting information; however, the author has gone to great detail to vilify Democrats and glorify Republicans.  I cannot believe the attempt was so obvious.  

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    A few facts stretched o......u......t......

    This should have been an essay and not a book. Mr. Kessler repeats a few facts over and over and over and over again.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2014

    I received the book The First Family Detail, I know its not a c

    I received the book The First Family Detail, I know its not a cook book but I thought it would be a interesting read. Its by Ronald Kessler a former CIA agent interviewed secret service agents that have worked over the years with different Presidents and their families. All the interviews were anonymous that coughed up all the dirty secrets on the Presidents and their families. Hilary Clinton hated all authority power and the agents said they hated working for her. Joe Biden has took more personal vacations than any other Vice President in History, he has spent millions of taxpayer dollars on personal trips that his office are trying to cover up. Its a AWESOME book, if you want to know the truths behind those friendly faces you see on CNN. It will make you think twice about who your favorite President actually is. I’m so proud of George Bush Senior, they said he was the best president they have ever worked for. Him and his wife Barbara would stay in town on Christmas so the agents could spend it with their families, then they would fly to Texas the day after. Both Bush’s have been my personal favorite along with Franklin Roosevelt. Its a great read and I urge you to read it, I was truly amazed on how some of the Presidents actually acted when the news cameras wasn’t rolling. Also too Clinton did cheat on Hilary haha! Its a very good book and well worth the money.

    I received this book from the Blogging for Books programs in exchange for my honest review!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2014

    Poorly organized and repetitive. Pass on this one.

    Although his earlier work on the secret service was interesting, this work is poorly organized and jumps from president to random events with little logic. Prepare to read the same information again and again throughout the book. Although the information in the book might make a great editorial or letter to the editor, it reads like it is written by a student who was required to write five pages, but only had enough information to write two.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 1, 2015

    Shadow

    I sit down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2014

    The Clan Choices

    Bloodclan @ "aeneid",Warclan @"oceanus",CelestialClan at "Farside",Legendclan at "folktales" are four clans I will post advertisements for.There is also a clan at "Ender's game",Fade or ForgottenClan at "fade",A clan at "rita mae brown",A Star Wars Rp at "Basil".In the next results of "Detail" I will post detailed advertisements or you may post ads of your own.-Em

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2014

    Fascinating book

    This is a great read. Really gives insight as to what goes on in the Secret Service.

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  • Posted November 5, 2014

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out !!

    Every voting American should read this book. Better understanding of what goes on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2014

    Master the book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2014

    Excellent book on the interworking's of the Secret Service and t

    Excellent book on the interworking's of the Secret Service and there problems with some of the families they guard.

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  • Posted October 1, 2014

    VERY INTERESTING BOOK

    I have read quite a few of Mr. Kessler's books on the CIA and the FBI. His truthful and insight writings about both fascinate me because of our so called smart nation-wide elected officials that are so egotistical that they bend the rules of safety for millions of people. Everyone should read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2014

    Good

    This was very interesting. Some of the information I had read about before, but some things were new and I found this book very interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2014

    This was a good read; however, the beginning was poorly written

    This was a good read; however, the beginning was poorly written and the whole book was somewhat repetitive. Having lived through all the events discussed in the book, I still enjoyed hearing the relationship between the secret service and the presidential families..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2014

    good read

    very interesting details

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  • Posted August 26, 2014

    Great book. I'll have to admit it is a little repetitive in some

    Great book. I'll have to admit it is a little repetitive in some parts where he has already discussed something and repeats it but overall it is worth reading.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2014

    Not that good

    Kind of boring

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 12, 2014

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