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Life Inside the Bubble: Why a Top-Ranked Secret Service Agent Walked Away from It All

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-He swore to take a bullet for the President and left it all behind to take a bullet for the American people-

Why would a successful, twelve-year Secret Service agent resign his position in the prime of his career to run for political office against all the odds?

New York Times bestseller, Life Inside the Bubble is an intimate look at life inside the presidential -bubble, -
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published November 19th 2013 by WND Books
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Feb 05, 2014 Richard rated it really liked it
This book is sort of two books in one. The first 2/3rds is Bongino's biography and an account of his time in law enforcement & the Secret Service. It's a compelling story but not unlike other books I've read about Secret Service agents. This part of the book merits 3 stars in my opinion.

The final few chapters give Bongino's assessment of some of the key failures of the Obama Administration and the Federal government in general: Fast & Furious, Benghazi, and the Boston Marathon bombing. T
Janet Pawelek
Apr 19, 2014 Janet Pawelek rated it did not like it
I'm wonderful....blah, blah, blah...I am the best...blah, blah, blah....I got the highest score...blah, blah, blah....I have all the answers to government's problems..blah, blah, blah...
Did not enjoy this egotistical rambling.
Mary Lou
Dec 29, 2013 Mary Lou rated it liked it
I'm a big Dan Bongino fan and I looked forward to reading his book. He's led a life many of us can't imagine, and "Life Inside the Bubble" gives readers a brief glimpse into his world. Regrettably, it's (necessarily) a very brief glimpse. "Life" loses a star for all the good stories that were left out due to that pesky top secret security clearance. It loses a second star for being redundant - lots of words, phrases, and stories were repeated throughout the book. Still, I learned some things abo ...more
May 31, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok
The title was what caused me to read the book, and my expectations was not to find out secrets but to learn about the endurance, professional and committment of a person in the Secret Services. The fact that he couldn't talk about many things didn't bother me at all, what I wondered was in comments about our current President, why but and after thought it made me wonder was his dislike of the man coloring his opinion. Then his leaving and his future goals which perhaps having this career may hel ...more
Nov 23, 2014 Jessica rated it it was ok
I started this book thinking it would give insight on life inside the White House bubble. Maybe give a glimpse of the president we don't normaly see or at least of the life style of the important, people living there who make it The White House.

Instead we get a glimpse inside 'the bubble' around one secret service agent.
And trust me, it's a very small bubble. (no room for taking about anything but himself)

I wish he'd cut out 3/4 of the random personal stories and very opinionated politics and
Shane Grier
Jan 02, 2014 Shane Grier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good one.

Of course Mr. Bongino couldn't go into all the details behind protecting the president or how to catch counterfeiters, but the book remained a page turner. I congratulate the author on his convictions and honoring his country. A good book for the political out there.
Apr 08, 2014 Joe rated it it was ok
Twas just ok, I enjoyed his backstory and time in the secret service... but it suddenly stops storytelling before any climax, and fizzles out with complaints of government red tape and calls for political activism.
Barbara Stafford
A must read!

Amazing insight from this man's experience in the Secret Service. A wake up call for those of us who love our country.
Feb 01, 2017 Peter rated it really liked it
A drawback to any Secret Service tell-all is that they can’t. Dan Bongino’s fascinating story is a case in point. He hits the highlights of his Secret Service career, but of necessity leaves out details that might support his analysis about the problems agents face doing the almost impossible job we assign them.

To make up for the lack of details Bongino supports his conclusion that police and security in the U.S. are severely hampered by bureaucratic conflicts, laziness and overlap by referring
Easy read knocked it out in two sittings. For anyone who has ever lived in the bubble the DC metro area is, an interesting read. As a person who grew up inside the federal government system. My Father worked for the Air Force, and later the Secret Service and retired after thirty years of service. My father would never have been so ballsy as to believe he is more important then the dignitaries he was responsible for. I believe Dan Bongino believes that he is more important than, smarter than, an ...more
Mar 27, 2014 Jonathan rated it liked it
This book serves a couple of purposes. First, is gives some insight into the life of a Secret Service agent. Cool stuff!!! Second, it provides inside details about events we read about in the news. More cool stuff!!! Lastly, it is his rant about about how our government is failing the people and various solutions he has.

It is this last point that might turn off some people from reading the book, which I purchase cheap off Amazon Kindle. I appreciated his insight into various fiascoes the governm
Ricardo Suave
Jan 28, 2015 Ricardo Suave rated it it was amazing
Life Inside the Bubble does exactly what the title describes. His book plays upon his experience inside the bubble however I feel so many people that down rated this book due to the book not reading like a national inquire article instead of the what actually happens. He states that “Bureaucracy spawns lack of accountability and lack of accountability spawns indifference”. We see this happening every day in Washington and many other faucets of our government. As citizens I also feel that we forg ...more
Jun 08, 2014 Mat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the worst books I have ever read. I have every intention of fully fleshing out this review as time and my patience permit.

I had believed that this book might be an interesting fly-on-the-wall perspective on what it's like to be a secret service agent. Are they like food tasters of yore? Does the secret service make sure Presidential poop remains a state secret, as they did with Reagan?

Almost nothing of interest is discussed in this book.

It is a hamfisted biography riddled with spe
Malin Friess
Nov 26, 2013 Malin Friess rated it liked it
This book is far less controversial than Bongino or the title suggests (perhaps some pressure from his editor to increase sales). Bongino was top ranked SS Agent for Bush and Obama. He finally walked away from it all..not because a conspiracy or cover-up, but because the hours were horrendous (he never saw his wife and kids) as he traveled ahead of the president to provide protection..and because he gotten to the point in his career where he could likely earn more as a consultant with regular ho ...more
Sep 14, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it
very interesting read. this guy might just be onto something
Michael Collier
Mar 08, 2014 Michael Collier rated it liked it
I purchased Life Inside the Bubble on the iTunes Store one morning after it caught my eye in the 'New Releases' section. I had finished it by that evening. Author Dan Bongino gives a fascinating inside look at his journey from NYPD officer to Secret Service agent, where he eventually made his way to a position on the coveted Presidential Protective Division (PPD). Serving under both presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Bongino's book is filled with insider anecdotes of life in the PPD. Ev ...more
Jeffrey Carpenter
Dec 25, 2013 Jeffrey Carpenter rated it liked it
This book was ok and provided an interesting view from inside the Secret Service, but only provided limited information (for obvious reasons). It was a little tedious because of his constant patting himself on the back and repetition in relating his wife's sacrifices because of his career.

Some promotion of this author in interviews he has conducted might lead people to think this book details specifics as to how Obama feels about citizens and his strategy for changing the country, but that is no
Feb 17, 2015 Anna rated it did not like it
The author is self-aggrandizing to the extreme, and unfortunately the book seems to lack any other substance. It does not provide what the title promises by speaking of what life in the secret service is like, but you are rather forced to listen to the author complain about the sacrifices or his personal life that were involved in working for the Secret Service, while learning absolutely nothing about the supposed theme of the book. Frankly, it was hard to trudge through, and I was only able to ...more
Dec 10, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing
We have all seen pictures of Secret Service agents next to presidents. Most of us have no idea how they do what they do or their thoughts on many issues. Bongino provides us with a remarkable vision of the behind the scenes action. I really like his first hand account of security. The second half of the book focused on the failures of government agencies--with a mixture of information gleaned from news stories but with the analysis that comes from a first hand account of time spent in the Secret ...more
Feb 11, 2014 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I enjoyed reading the life story of Dan Bongino, who served as a Secret Service agent in both the Bush and Obama administrations. Without giving away all operative secrets, he describes the life of an agent and the dedication with which they perform their job. Most interesting were the last four chapters where he examines three recent security crises in the U.S. and gives us his take on solutions.
Anna Andersen
Jan 19, 2014 Anna Andersen rated it liked it
I really liked the information about the secret service and what is done by them behind the scenes. Dan had a good experience and a great eye-awakening on the government and so glad that he made the right decisions. He has a good heart and good intentions and I enjoyed reading his experience. It makes me shake my head more at our government hearing this confirmation about how they really operate. God help us to appoint good leaders for our country.
Angus McLean
Nov 04, 2016 Angus McLean rated it it was ok
Not a bad read, if you can get past the author's grandstanding-difficult when he is an aspiring politician.

Interesting to read about some of the behind the scenes goings-on, and the job of protecting the First Family certainly sounds very pressured. Try elsewhere if you're looking for gossip.

There are other similar books around which I preferred, but I knocked this one off in a few days without too much effort.
Dec 08, 2014 Kathy rated it liked it
Shelves: haveread
Interesting autobiography of a former NYC police officer and 12-year Secret Service agent who protected 2 presidents. Interesting to read the stories of an insider. I heard him interviewed and was impressed with his values, his experiences, and his dedication to action and to doing what he thinks is right. He is a much better speaker than writer, however. If you get a chance to hear him speak, take it. However, this book doesn't do credit to his passion.
Jan 29, 2016 Marge rated it it was amazing
Extremely well written & fascinating as to the different security agencies in the Federal government. I had no idea there were so many.

This is not a "revenge" story at all. Dan's frustration of "living in the bubble" is told with candor & honesty. It is obvious that he has great respect for law enforcement & the Secret Service & he admirably performed his duties well for the 12 years he was in the Secret Service.

It is definitely a must read.

Feb 09, 2014 John rated it it was ok
This book delivered a lot less than I thought it would. I think the author bases some of his stories on second hand knowledge about government activities. He was a member of the Secret Service and not some of the other governmental departments he discusses. I don't think there are any startling revelations shared.
Apr 11, 2014 Martin rated it it was ok
I expected more from this book but I suppose that would have been impossible without divulging secrets which the author wasn't willing to do. His obvious love of country and willingness to make sacrifices in the service of our great country is refreshing. My hope is that someday he'll be a better US Senator than he is an author.
Dave Hoff
Nov 03, 2014 Dave Hoff rated it liked it
Autobiography of a former NYPD & Secret Service Agent turned candidate for the senate, Tells of all the training he took to become a cop & much more to be a SS Agent. Much work goes into preparing for the Pres. to visit another country, only to have Obama call it off 3 times. He does not bad mouth Obama but clearly their politics differ.
Eric Spradlin
Jul 09, 2014 Eric Spradlin rated it it was ok
I am not as impressed with Mr Bongino as he obviously is with himself. Book was so-so. When I hear about "brutal" SS fraud cases I shake my head. Don't try to make more of it than it was. The PPD is a decent story, but that was it.
Jan 21, 2014 Susan rated it liked it
Very interesting inside look at the Secret Service.
Also Bongino's discussion of the inefficiencies of our convoluted federal government bureaucracy is enlightening.
Not the smoothest read, but worthwhile.
Laraine Tyska
Compelling sensitive

this is definitely a book the masses need to read.
Dan has put things in their proper perspective. this book is
well written. causes the reader to think.

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