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The Secret Service: The Hidden History of an Enigmatic Agency (edition 2003)

by Philip H. Melanson

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This new edition of the definitive history of the Secret Service lays bare the 2004 Bush campaign's political uses of the agency and the new challenges it faces as a branch of the Homeland Security Department, in a post-9/11 world. Acclaimed scholar of political violence and governmental secrecy Philip Melanson explores the long-hidden workings of the Secret Service since its inception in 1865 and through rigorous research and extensive interviews with former White House staffers and retired agents, uncovers startling facts about the Agency's role in such traumatic national events as the assassination of JFK and the shooting of President Reagan. Included, too, are revelations about presidential demands on the agency; the problems of alcoholism, divorce, and burnout among agents; and the Service's inexplicable failure to develop profiles of potential assassins. Up-to-date and explosive, this book assails the public image of the Secret Service as a highly professional apolitical organization, exposing the often-detrimental influence that politics exerts on the Agency.… (more)
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A basic, boring history of the Secret Service. The hints at controversy are intriguing, but then they leave you to draw your own conclusion. In the end, I decided that cutting the Secret Service budget probably is the wrong place to cut. ( )
  dherrick52 | Mar 12, 2011 |
The author is very critical of the Secret Service. His chapter on the Kennedy killing suggests that better driving could have gotten him out of the way after the first shot. He is equally cricitical of how the Reagan shooting played out. It would be interesting to learn his take on the shoes thrown at Bush. Why did the Secret Service permit the second shoe to be thrown. I would give this book a B. ( )
  carterchristian1 | Mar 24, 2009 |
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This new edition of the definitive history of the Secret Service lays bare the 2004 Bush campaign's political uses of the agency and the new challenges it faces as a branch of the Homeland Security Department, in a post-9/11 world. Acclaimed scholar of political violence and governmental secrecy Philip Melanson explores the long-hidden workings of the Secret Service since its inception in 1865 and through rigorous research and extensive interviews with former White House staffers and retired agents, uncovers startling facts about the Agency's role in such traumatic national events as the assassination of JFK and the shooting of President Reagan. Included, too, are revelations about presidential demands on the agency; the problems of alcoholism, divorce, and burnout among agents; and the Service's inexplicable failure to develop profiles of potential assassins. Up-to-date and explosive, this book assails the public image of the Secret Service as a highly professional apolitical organization, exposing the often-detrimental influence that politics exerts on the Agency.

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