Monday, August 17, 2015

The First Family Detail by Ronald Kessler

Part tabloid junk, part behind-the-scenes intrigue. This book provides some shocking surprises about some of our presidential families.

Right off the bat, Kessler writes about President Bill Clinton's current mistress and some of the adjectives used to describe her (from agents no less) bring to mind a kind of tabloid-like junk read.

But then you get into the actual chapters and some of the stories get more interesting. Who knew that President Carter was such a phony? Who knew First Lady Barbara Bush was like the mother hen to the agents?

Stories from Johnson, Nixon, Carter, up to Obama and even Mitt Romney are covered by current and former agents. This I found interested as Kessler states and the beginning these agents are supposed to have signed a type of non-disclosure agreement. (So much for that oath)

But this isn't a hit piece. This isn't political in any way outside of a revealing of how Presidents and their families treat the Secret Service agents. The REAL purpose is to shine a light on how lax the Secret Service management has become. Kessler spends a great deal of time outlining how porous the security measures are.

Lots of fun information about our Presidents and their families plus scary implications of what MIGHT happen because the security has gotten so loose.

This is an entertaining read.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Crown Publishing.

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