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In the President's Secret Service by Ronald Kessler
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Jan 04, 11

Read from January 01 to 03, 2011

Early on in the book, the author talks about how Secret Service agents "observe everything that goes on behind the scenes" but they must not reveal this to anyone, citing a phrase from their credentials about being worthy of trust and confidence.

The rest of the book is full of stories and quotes from agents who, evidently, were not worthy of it.

The entire book read like a gossip blog, more or less. There are some law-enforcement stories, but it's mainly a hodgepodge of lewd behavior, agents acting badly, agents wanting to act nobly but management acting badly, and dirt-dishing on Presidents, their wives, their mistresses, and other people. A who's-who of who acting really nice or really mean to their protective Secret Service agents!

That wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't, well, fairly poorly written. The style of writing reminded me of middle-school tone and structure.

The stories were interesting, the writing was not, but it was a quick and easy read.
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