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Within Arm's Length: A Secret Service Agent's Definitive Inside Account of Protecting the President [Format Kindle]

Dan Emmett

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A rare inside look at the Secret Service from an agent who provided protection worldwide for President George H. W. Bush, President William Clinton, and President George W. Bush

Dan Emmett was just eight years old when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The events surrounding the President's death shaped the course of young Emmett's life as he set a goal of becoming a US Secret Service agent--one of a special group of people willing to trade their lives for that of the President, if necessary.

Within Arm's Length is a revealing and compelling inside look at the Secret Service and the elite Presidential Protective Division (PPD). With stories from some of the author's more high-profile assignments in his twenty-one years of service, where he provided arm's length protection worldwide for Presidents George Herbert Walker Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, and George W. Bush, both as a member of the PPD and the Counter Assault Team, Dan Emmett describes the professional, physical and emotional challenges faced by Secret Service agents. Included are never before discussed topics such as the complicated relationship between presidents, first ladies and their agents, the inner workings of Secret Service protective operations as well as the seldom-mentioned challenges of the complex Secret Service cultural issues faced by an agent's family. Within Arm's Length also shares firsthand details about conducting presidential advances, dealing with the media, driving the President in a bullet-proof limousine, running alongside him through the streets of Washington, and flying with him on Air Force One.

Within Arm's Length is the essential book on the United States Secret Service. This revealing and compelling inside look at the Presidential Protective Division, along with spellbinding stories from the author's career, gives the reader an unprecedented look in to the life and career of an agent in America's most elite law enforcement agency.


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4.0 étoiles sur 5 This is not a political book 20 juin 2014
Par Michael B. Duff - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Everybody is talking about the Clinton stuff but this book is really about a man who loves his country, looking for a life based on honor and discipline, first in the Marine Corps, then in various kinds of Secret Service work. Good stuff about training, sacrifice, and brotherhood in here. Emmett comes off as an old-fashioned American patriot, and he is not shy about expressing his admiration for politicians on both sides of the aisle. Ted Kennedy comes off as a class act, who treats his Secret Service detail with great respect. Indeed, the story of Dan touring JFK's old house was one of the most moving parts of the book for me.
7 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Dan Emett is a very detailed writer, While I appreciate the service given to our country, there are too many details given. 20 juin 2014
Par SPS - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I enjoyed reading Within Arm's Length, but there were places in the book that did not follow a story, but were long narratives about the extensive training. At best it makes me realize the difficulty that prospective service people must endure, but reading about it over and above the point once made becomes tedious. I almost feel guilty making any kind of a negative statement but that's how I was made to feel while reading this book. However I came away from it with a whole new prospective of respect for the agents who protect the President, and also for CIA agents.
5 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 The day to day life of a Secret Service Agent. 13 août 2014
Par grammashouse - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book was not a White House tell all tale. The agent in a conversational way his experiences as if you were seated across the table hearing how he trained for the postion of Secret Service agent. The writer reveals the day to day life of an agent assigned to protecting the President of the United States of America. The world is dangerous place and the President and his family are under constant protection of the Secret Service.

I enjoyed the book since didn't reveal the relationship of the agent and those he was assigned to protect. This was an easy read.
4 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Within Arm's Length: A Secret Service Agent's Definitive Inside Account of... Dan Emmett 24 juin 2014
Par Gary Frechette - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Very well written, very easy to follow. Would have enjoyed a little more information on the interaction of the Secret Service and the President, plus a little more on the personal life. Didn't really go into much of the famils.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This is not a "tell-all" book but it is a ... 9 août 2014
Par Kon Tiki67 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is not a "tell-all" book but it is a story of Dan Emmett's dream of becoming a Secret Service. Of course, there were road blocks along away but he did not lose his focus; instead, he was even more determined to achieve his dream. With courage, patience and perseverance, nothing is impossible. Thank you, Mr. Emmett, for sharing your story. Your work ethics is commendable.
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