Protecting the Presidential Candidates: From JFK To Biden

Protecting the Presidential Candidates: From JFK To Biden

by Mel Ayton
Protecting the Presidential Candidates: From JFK To Biden

Protecting the Presidential Candidates: From JFK To Biden

by Mel Ayton


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Protecting the Presidential Candidates is the first book of its kind to examine how presidents and presidential candidates were protected during the presidential election cycles – from JFK to Biden. It is also the first book of its kind to tell the story of the role of state troopers and private bodyguards in protecting presidential candidates.

Protection for candidates changed and evolved from the free-wheeling style of the 1950s and early 1960s, which afforded presidential candidates little or no protection, to the growth of bodyguard personnel, increased intelligence facilities and state of the art technology employed today to keep the candidates safe. Presidential candidates relish connecting with the public and it has given greater visibility to the bodyguards who are willing to place themselves between a presidential candidate and a would-be attacker.

In the milieu in which the Secret Service operates, bodyguards have witnessed the terrors of election campaigns when presidential candidates have waded into crowds to shake hands with their supporters, rode in open-top cars, and made sudden but risky changes to their schedules – oblivious to the fact that in every campaign there have been people stalking candidates with ill intent.

Many stories revealed in Protecting the Presidential Candidates have remained largely hidden from the public; some buried in newspaper archives and others in oral histories, presidential libraries or official government documents. The author draws on numerous sources, including FBI files, presidential biographies, vice presidential biographies, civilian bodyguard memoirs, Secret Service agent memoirs, White House staff memoirs and more so that these stories can now be told.

The book also allows readers to gain an insight into the personal as well as professional relationships between the candidate and the bodyguards who protected them. Some candidates were so trusting of their bodyguards they embraced them as part of an ‘inner circle’ of advisers. Bodyguards have also witnessed embarrassing moments in a candidate’s campaign and how intrusive they have been at the most delicate of moments. "The president’s day is your day," one agent said. "Nobody sees the president the way an agent does."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781399014083
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 12/17/2021
Pages: 376
Sales rank: 1,061,493
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Mel Ayton is the author of numerous books including "Hunting The President: Threats, Plots, And Assassination Attempts—From FDR To Obama” and “The Forgotten Terrorist: Sirhan Sirhan And The Assassination Of Robert F. Kennedy.” He has been a history consultant for The BBC, National Geographic Channel and Discovery Channel.

Table of Contents

Preface viii

Acknowledgements xi

1 The Torture Trail 1

2 Camelot's Sentinels 21

3 Lyndon Johnson's Secret Servants 37

4 The Hubert H. Humphrey Assassination Plots 51

5 The Stalking of Robert Kennedy 67

6 Guarding Governor Reagan 84

7 Searchlight and Pathfinder 99

8 Beating Nixon 117

9 The Populist 135

10 Jimmy Who? 149

11 The Last Brother 166

12 Jesse Jackson's Perilous Campaigns 182

13 The Front-Runners, 1984-2004 197

14 Father and Son 214

15 The Comeback Kid 228

16 Evergreen 244

17 Obama's Challengers 260

18 Protecting Trump and Biden 273

Notes 294

Bibliography 330

Names Index 337

General Index 345

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