In The President S Secret Service

Author : Ronald Kessler
ISBN : 0307461378
Genre : Social Science
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Never before has a journalist penetrated the wall of secrecy that surrounds the U.S. Secret Service, that elite corps of agents who pledge to take a bullet to protect the president and his family. After conducting exclusive interviews with more than one hundred current and former Secret Service agents, bestselling author and award-winning reporter Ronald Kessler reveals their secrets for the first time. Secret Service agents, acting as human surveillance cameras, observe everything that goes on behind the scenes in the president’s inner circle. Kessler reveals what they have seen, providing startling, previously untold stories about the presidents, from John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as well as about their families, Cabinet officers, and White House aides. Kessler portrays the dangers that agents face and how they carry out their missions–from how they are trained to how they spot and assess potential threats. With fly-on-the-wall perspective, he captures the drama and tension that characterize agents’ lives. In this headline-grabbing book, Kessler discloses assassination attempts that have never before been revealed. He shares inside accounts of past assaults that have put the Secret Service to the test, including a heroic gun battle that took down the would-be assassins of Harry S. Truman, the devastating day that John F. Kennedy was killed in Dallas, and the swift actions that saved Ronald Reagan after he was shot. While Secret Service agents are brave and dedicated, Kessler exposes how Secret Service management in recent years has betrayed its mission by cutting corners, risking the assassination of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and their families. Given the lax standards, “It’s a miracle we have not had a successful assassination,” a current agent says. Since an assassination jeopardizes democracy itself, few agencies are as important as the Secret Service–nor is any other subject as tantalizing as the inner sanctum of the White House. Only tight-lipped Secret Service agents know the real story, and Ronald Kessler is the only journalist to have won their trust. From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Social Science

Im Secret Service

Author : Ronald Kessler
ISBN : 9783864130519
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Nie zuvor wurde das Schweigen gebrochen, das den Secret Service bislang umgab - diese Einheit von Eliteagenten, die den US-Präsidenten und seine Familie unter Einsatz des eigenen Lebens beschützen. Der mehrfach preisgekrönte Journalist und Bestsellerautor Ronald Kessler hat exklusive Interviews mit über hundert ehemaligen und jetzigen Agenten des Secret Service geführt und enthüllt in diesem Buch zum ersten Mal ihre Geheimnisse.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

God Bless America

Author : Heike Bungert
ISBN : 9783593507019
Genre : History
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"God bless the United States of America": In den USA ist das Religiöse in der Politik allgegenwärtig - während der Präsidentschaftswahlen oder bei wichtigen Reden des Präsidenten zur Außenpolitik wird regelmäßig Gott erwähnt. Aus europäischer Sicht wirkt diese religiöse Aufladung der politischen Botschaft meist befremdlich. Die enge Verbindung von Religion und Politik, die sogenannte Zivilreligion, nimmt dieser Band für das 20. Jahrhundert in den Blick. Der Fokus liegt hierbei auf Ritualen, etwa den Wahlkämpfen und patriotischen Feiertagen, auf Kriegen wie dem Ersten und Zweiten Weltkrieg oder dem Vietnamkrieg sowie auf ethnischen und religiösen Gruppen, z.B. den Afro-Amerikanern, Latino-Amerikanern und Evangelikalen.
Category: History

Die Geheimnisse Des Fbi

Author : Ronald Kessler
ISBN : 9783864700729
Genre : History
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Welche Geheimnisse ruhen seit Jahrzehnten in den tiefsten Kellern des FBI? Welche Abenteuer, Blamagen und Skandale verbergen sich in den Aktentresoren der mächtigen US-Bundespolizei? Und welche Indiskretionen über Stars und Sternchen aus Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft hat die legendäre Behörde im Laufe der Jahrzehnte angesammelt? Nun liegen die Antworten auf diese Fragen in Buchform vor. Ihr Autor: Ronald Kessler, einer der profundesten Kenner der Nachrichtendienst- und Secret-Service-Szene der USA. Gestützt auf seine hervorragenden Kontakte in die Welt der Geheimoperationen führt er den Leser ganz weit hinein in "Die Geheimnisse des FBI".
Category: History

Rawhide Down

Author : Del Quentin Wilber
ISBN : 1429919310
Genre : History
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A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book for 2011 A Richmond Times Dispatch Top Book for 2011 A minute-by-minute account of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was just seventy days into his first term of office when John Hinckley Jr. opened fire outside the Washington Hilton Hotel, wounding the president, press secretary James Brady, a Secret Service agent, and a D.C. police officer. For years, few people knew the truth about how close the president came to dying, and no one has ever written a detailed narrative of that harrowing day. Now, drawing on exclusive new interviews and never-before-seen documents, photos, and videos, Del Quentin Wilber tells the electrifying story of a moment when the nation faced a terrifying crisis that it had experienced less than twenty years before, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. With cinematic clarity, we see Secret Service agent Jerry Parr, whose fast reflexes saved the president's life; the brilliant surgeons who operated on Reagan as he was losing half his blood; and the small group of White House officials frantically trying to determine whether the country was under attack. Most especially, we encounter the man code-named "Rawhide," a leader of uncommon grace who inspired affection and awe in everyone who worked with him. Ronald Reagan was the only serving U.S. president to survive being shot in an assassination attempt.* Rawhide Down is the first true record of the day and events that literally shaped Reagan's presidency and sealed his image in the modern American political firmament. *There have been many assassination attempts on U.S. presidents, four of which were successful: Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, William McKinley, and John F. Kennedy. President Theodore Roosevelt was injured in an assassination attempt after leaving office.
Category: History

Broke

Author : Glenn Beck
ISBN : 9781451693447
Genre : History
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In a book timed for the midterm elections, the popular firebrand is back to tackle all the hot issues with his signature wit and confrontational, controversial style. By the #1 best-selling author of Arguing With Idiots. 1.5 million first printing.
Category: History

The Obama Haters Behind The Right Wing Campaign Of Lies Innuendo Racism

Author : John Wright
ISBN : 9781597975735
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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On November 4, 2008, the election of Barack Hussein Obama as the forty-fourth president of the United States showed that the country had finally overcome its most hurtful, shameful, and enduring legacy slavery. Though Obama s election showed progress, the John McCain Sarah Palin campaign and the Republican Party used age-old smear campaign tactics. Their operators pulled out all the stops in an attempt to win and spread falsehoods about Obama that have only multiplied after the election. "The Obama Haters" seeks to answer the following questions: Who are these Obama haters? Why do they despise him? Why do various news organizations, commentators, and political entities treat the same facts differently? Why are these pundits so powerful? In order to do so, Wright first lays out the democratic principles and civility toward which Americans should strive. Next, he investigates the persistent expressions of hatred for President Obama, connecting historic antecedents of political mudslinging along with the background of virulent right-wing smear tactics over the past two decades. And finally, he shines a harsh spotlight on the haters and fearmongers and their tactics. While Americans have the right to criticize their political leadership, their reasons for disapproval should be based on facts. Those who invent and repeat lies to hurt the reputation of leaders weaken the democratic ideal. This book is for anyone who wishes to learn how to cut through the hypocrisy and propaganda to make informed decisions based on truth."
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Party Like A President

Author : Brian Abrams
ISBN : 9780761184225
Genre : History
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There’s the office: President of the United States. And then there’s the man in the office—prone to temptation and looking to unwind after a long day running the country. Celebrating the decidedly less distinguished side of the nation’s leaders, humor writer Brian Abrams offers a compelling, hilarious, and true American history on the rocks—a Washington-to-Obama, vice-by-vice chronicle of how the presidents like to party. From explicit love letters to slurred speeches to nude swims at Bing Crosby’s house, reputations are ruined and secrets bared. George Washington brokered the end of the? American Revolution over glasses of Madeira. Ulysses S. Grant rarely drew a sober breath when he was leading the North to victory. And it wasn’t all liquor. Some presidents preferred their drugs—Nixon was a pill-popper. And others chased women instead—both ?the professorial Woodrow Wilson (who signed his love letters “Tiger”) and the good ol’ boy Bill Clinton, though neither could hold a candle to Kennedy, who also received the infamous Dr. Feelgood’s “vitamin” injections of pure amphetamine. Illustrated throughout with infographics (James Garfield’s attempts at circumnavigating the temperance movement), comic strips (George Bush Sr.’s infamous televised vomiting incident), caricatures, and fake archival documents, the book has the smart, funny feel of Mad magazine meets The Colbert Report. Plus, it includes recipes for 44 cocktails inspired by each chapter’s partier-in-chief.
Category: History

Historical Dictionary Of United States Intelligence

Author : Michael A. Turner
ISBN : 9780810878907
Genre : Political Science
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While the United States has had some kind of intelligence capability throughout its history, its intelligence apparatus is young, dating only to the period immediately after World War II. Yet, in that short a time, it has undergone enormous changes—from the labor-intensive espionage and covert action establishment of the 1950s to a modern enterprise that relies heavily on electronic data, technology, satellites, airborne collection platforms, and unmanned aerial vehicles, to name a few. This second edition covers the history of United States intelligence, and includes several key features: Chronology Introductory essay Appendixes Bibliography Over 600 cross-referenced entries on key events, issues, people, operations, laws, regulations This book is an excellent access point for members of the intelligence community; students, scholars, and historians; legal experts; and general readers wanting to know more about the history of U.S. intelligence.
Category: Political Science

Poisoning The Press

Author : Mark Feldstein
ISBN : 9781429978972
Genre : History
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It is March 1972, and the Nixon White House wants Jack Anderson dead. The syndicated columnist Jack Anderson, the most famous and feared investigative reporter in the nation, has exposed yet another of the President's dirty secrets. Nixon's operatives are ordered to "stop Anderson at all costs"—permanently. Across the street from the White House, they huddle in a hotel basement to conspire. Should they try "Aspirin Roulette" and break into Anderson's home to plant a poisoned pill in one of his medicine bottles? Could they smear LSD on the journalist's steering wheel, so that he would absorb it through his skin, lose control of his car, and crash? Or stage a routine-looking mugging, making Anderson appear to be one more fatal victim of Washington's notorious street crime? Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, and the Rise of Washington's Scandal Culture recounts not only the disturbing story of an unprecedented White House conspiracy to assassinate a journalist, but also the larger tale of the bitter quarter-century battle between the postwar era's most embattled politician and its most reviled newsman. The struggle between Nixon and Anderson included bribery, blackmail, forgery, spying, and burglary as well as the White House murder plot. Their vendetta symbolized and accelerated the growing conflict between the government and the press, a clash that would long outlive both men. Mark Feldstein traces the arc of this confrontation between a vindictive president and a flamboyant, crusading muckraker who rifled through garbage and swiped classified papers in pursuit of his prey—stoking the paranoia in Nixon that would ultimately lead to his ruin. The White House plot to poison Anderson, Feldstein argues, is a metaphor for the poisoned political atmosphere that would follow, and the toxic sensationalism that contaminates contemporary media discourse. Melding history and biography, Poisoning the Press unearths significant new information from more than two hundred interviews and thousands of declassified documents and tapes. This is a chronicle of political intrigue and the true price of power for politicians and journalists alike. The result—Washington's modern scandal culture—was Richard Nixon's ultimate revenge.
Category: History