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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  • Ron Kessler appears to get everything first.”—Slate

As in a play, presidents, vice presidents, and presidential candidates perform onstage for the public and the media. What the nation’s leaders are really like and what goes on behind the scenes remain hidden. Secret Service agents have a front-row seat on their private lives and those of their wives and children. Crammed with new headline-making revelations, The First Family Detail by New York Times bestselling author Ronald Kessler tells that eye-opening, uncensored story.

The First Family Detail reveals:

• Vice President Joe Biden regularly orders the Secret Service to keep his military aide with the nuclear football a mile behind his motorcade, potentially leaving the country unable to retaliate in the event of a nuclear attack.
• Secret Service agents discovered that former president Bill Clinton has a blond mistress—code-named Energizer by agents—who lives near the Clintons’ home in Chappaqua, New York.
• The Secret Service covered up the fact that President Ronald Reagan’s White House staff overruled the agency to let unscreened spectators get close to Reagan as he left the Washington Hilton, allowing John W. Hinckley Jr. to shoot the president.
• Because Hillary Clinton is so nasty to agents, being assigned to her protective detail is considered a form of punishment and the worst assignment in the Secret Service.

“Kessler’s such a skilled storyteller, you almost forget this is dead-serious nonfiction.”—Newsweek 

About the Author

Ronald Kessler is the New York Times bestselling author of The Secrets of the FBI, In the President''s Secret Service, and The CIA at War. A former Wall Street Journal and Washington Post investigative reporter, Kessler has won eighteen journalism awards, including two George Polk awards, one for national reporting and one for community service. He was named a Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine. Kessler lives in Potomac, Maryland with his wife, Pamela Kessler.

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Michael
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A Danger to Our Country and Leaders
Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2015
The author writes an interesting and thoughtful book about a part of government that many people are not very familiar with: the Secret Service. He describes the vast and impressive array of procedures employed in protecting presidents ,current and previous, vice... See more
The author writes an interesting and thoughtful book about a part of government that many people are not very familiar with: the Secret Service. He describes the vast and impressive array of procedures employed in protecting presidents ,current and previous, vice presidents, and their families, as well as cabinet secretaries and political leaders in the line of succession to become president in case of a severe emergency. During a presidential election the leading candidates are also protected.

To accomplish their mission Secret Service agents must work in close proximity to all their protectees, becoming a part of their lives on a daily basis. This gives the agents a clear window through which to observe their personalities and character. Revelations from some of the agents indicate that what transpires in their clients'' private lives may not comport with the image that they desire to show to the public.

As examples, the book describes how a number of protectees were especially "nasty" to the agents and their own staffs: Bill and Hillary Clinton, Nancy Reagan, Jimmy Carter and Al Gore.
Especially friendly and respectful to agents were Ronald Reagan, Bush 41 and 43 and their wives, Dick and Lynne Cheney and Mitt and Ann Romney. The sexual proclivities of LBJ, Bill Clinton (both inside and outside of the Oval Office) and Gary Hart are portrayed as important character issues. Some revelations are surprising, such as the preference of Joe Biden to swim naked in his home pool while being closely guarded by female agents. Many other observations of family members are also related, Including some of their drinking habits. Tension with the children of protected families seems to be prevalent in many cases.

Another focus of the book is an analysis of the management of the Secret Service. The author describes and details the incompetence and corruption of senior management that has resulted in poorly trained agents with very low morale, lack of leading-edge technology and weaponry to discover and eliminate threats, and in some cases a demonstrable lack of concern about national security. Prior lapses in standard procedures have resulted in the assassination attempts on presidents Reagan and Ford, and have put more current presidents in grave danger. After a number of recent scandals involving penetration of the White House grounds by dangerous perpetrators, the author ridicules president Obama''s decision not to bring in a new director from the outside to replace the one who was fired, as he believes that as a result there will not be any change in the dysfunctional culture at the top.
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C. M Mills
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First Family Detail is the story of the Secret Service and the presidential families whom they protect with their lives
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2015
The First Family Detail by Ron Kessler, former Washington Post reporter, takes the lid of the White House and the families which have inhabited that prime piece of real estate on Pennsylvania Ave in Washington D.C. The book is just over 200 pages long but is filled with... See more
The First Family Detail by Ron Kessler, former Washington Post reporter, takes the lid of the White House and the families which have inhabited that prime piece of real estate on Pennsylvania Ave in Washington D.C. The book is just over 200 pages long but is filled with inside dope on the first family. The book also explains the function of the Secret Service in a free society and the many problems concerning security, weaponry and personnel that needs to be changed if the SS is to operate on a more effective level in our age of global terrorism and assassination. Among juice items revealed by Kessler":
LBJ and Spiro Agnew were both womanizers. LBJ was often crude and rude to the agents and even his family members.
Hillary Clinton is despised by the Secret Service Agents who protect her. She cusses like a sailor on leave and is rude to the agents. She and Bill Clinton have a business arrangement. She loves power and is very ambitious. Her daughter Chelsea is polite and respectful of Secret Service personnel.
Bill Clinton is a chronic womanizer, is always late and is a narcissistic and ego driven man.
Kessler reports that the agents love Laura Bush and think highly of the entire Bush family. This is true even though Jenna and Barbara were wild during the time their father occupied the Oval Office.
Richard Nixon was a formal and distracted man who only thought of politics and sports when in conversation with agents. Pat Nixon was a heavy drinker.
Jimmy Carter was self-centered and not friendly to agents. His wife Rosalynn was much better liked than her husband.
Ronald Reagan enjoyed joking and telling stories with agents but his wife Nancy was cold and aloof.
Gerald Ford was OK but was a tightwad who enjoyed running with the rich and famous.
The family of Barack Obama are friendly and the agents like serving him as well as his friendly wife Michelle and their two adorable and polite daughters.
Vice President Joe Biden has spent over one million dollars of taxpayer money for frequent air trips from D.C. to his mansion in Wilmington Del. Biden refuses to have the nuclear football near him when on the road.
The book is an interesting read and explains the life of a Secret Service Agent. Enjoy!
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D. Maurillo
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Good for putting you to sleep...
Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2016
The book is written more like a school essay... a lot of words, but not a lot of insight. The author also seems politically motivated... criticism of Democrats... or ignoring them completely if they had good reputations (such as the Obamas). And lots of compliments for the... See more
The book is written more like a school essay... a lot of words, but not a lot of insight. The author also seems politically motivated... criticism of Democrats... or ignoring them completely if they had good reputations (such as the Obamas). And lots of compliments for the Republicans. I''d have liked more balance. After all, this is supposed to be a guy with intimate knowledge about the First Families. Are his experiences that black-and-white? I did read the entire book, but I kept waiting for more compelling insights rather than just a recitation of details.
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Ms.B. Mellin
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A great read
Reviewed in the United States on April 6, 2016
The author writes of the FBI academy teaching that '' The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior''. Voters who disregard character flaws court disaster once a candidate becomes president, he goes on to write. So this book should be required reading before... See more
The author writes of the FBI academy teaching that '' The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior''. Voters who disregard character flaws court disaster once a candidate becomes president, he goes on to write. So this book should be required reading before election day for us all . I have read other Secret Service books but learned a great deal about how elected officials treat those who serve, the scandals in Cartagena , the way certain grandchildren are under secret service protection and others not, as well as why cabinet members have secret service drive them for hours to their homes or mistresses. THANK YOU Mr Kessler; your recommendations toward the end of the book merit attention from the powers that be.
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R Nova
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This Book Is Simply An Update Of His 1st Secret Service Book.
Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2017
This book, while marketed as a new book about the Secret Service, is essentially an update of his 1st Secret Service book "In the President''s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect." At least half the text... See more
This book, while marketed as a new book about the Secret Service, is essentially an update of his 1st Secret Service book "In the President''s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect." At least half the text in this book is an exact "copy & paste" from the 1st book. Don''t buy both books.

This book itself, like the 1st book which I read first, contains a lot of interesting information and stories about our presidents, their families, the vice presidents, etc. The writing, unfortunately, bounces around a lot, so you have to pay attention about when and whom he is writing about. But, it''s worth reading.
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Charlene Artis
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Repeat. Buyer beware
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2017
This is just a rehashing of his other books. Waste of time even if you agree with him. This should have been advertised as an updated version of his previous books, not an entirely new book. The title made it seem as if you were getting information in the First Family,... See more
This is just a rehashing of his other books. Waste of time even if you agree with him. This should have been advertised as an updated version of his previous books, not an entirely new book. The title made it seem as if you were getting information in the First Family, instead you get small blurbs about them and more info on the problems of the Secret Service. Total waste of time and money. Buyer beware.
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Uri Pilichowski
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The First Family Detail is really an op-ed about how ...
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2015
The First Family Detail is really an op-ed about how mismanaged the Secret Service is today. Clearly drawn from resentful comments of current agents, this book has a major ax to grind with current Secret Service upper management and President Obama. Ronald Kessler is... See more
The First Family Detail is really an op-ed about how mismanaged the Secret Service is today. Clearly drawn from resentful comments of current agents, this book has a major ax to grind with current Secret Service upper management and President Obama. Ronald Kessler is qualified to make such an assessment, and is clearly concerned about another Presidential assassination occurring. Of course very few people would buy a book that only talks about needed changes at the Secret Service, so Kessler takes up more than half the book with cute stories about current and former Presidents. That is why I bought the book and I''m sure why most people would as well. All told there are twenty interesting stories and one long diatribe. I found both interesting.
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Decent read, too much info about lack of funding
Reviewed in the United States on February 5, 2018
This book had some good information about the Service itself, and the candidates, and presidents. It focused a lot on the lack of funding, which kept causing a distraction from what I thought was the book''s purpose; first families, politicians, etc. I understand more... See more
This book had some good information about the Service itself, and the candidates, and presidents. It focused a lot on the lack of funding, which kept causing a distraction from what I thought was the book''s purpose; first families, politicians, etc.
I understand more about the Secret service after reading this book. The agents, for the most part, are dedicated, selfless individuals, with a higher calling. As stated, there are of course exceptions. But what I really walked away with was the need for more money, agents, equipment, etc. That''s fine, but I thought the focus would be more on those who run for the Office, their families, and political friends. I would''ve enjoyed more First family information, more personality and behavior info.
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GaD22
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The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 19, 2014
The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents by Ronald Kessler is marketed as giving an insight into what life out of the public eye is really like with current and former US Presidents, Vice-Presidents or Presidential candidates....See more
The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents by Ronald Kessler is marketed as giving an insight into what life out of the public eye is really like with current and former US Presidents, Vice-Presidents or Presidential candidates. Some individuals come out well on a personal level e.g. former First Lady Barbara Bush’s concern for a Secret Service agent when out walking or Dick Cheney’s promptness and consideration for an Agents time and service. Others do not e.g. Joe Biden’s apparent disregard for taxpayers money in his use (misuse) of Air Force Two or the conduct of both Bill and Hillary Clinton. As one who has no axe to grind with either political party given that I do not live in the US, I found Ronald Kessler’s book to be easy reading, interesting and illuminating if somewhat concerning in part. Setting aside the fact that most people – politicians being no exception ( perhaps an understatement!!) - have their public face and their private face, my feeling about this book is that the stand out revelations are more about the pressures facing the Secret Service. Some of the examples given of Secret Service management cutting corners or demonstrating poor decision making skills when issuing instructions to their Agents is dreadful. The lack of resources, be they management, financial, physical or just plain common sense would, I should have thought, be something the Administration should be addressing as a matter of urgency given that those men and women are very much their safety blanket and last line of defence in a threatening situation.
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sarahvm
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The same as the other book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 25, 2016
If you have read in the presidents service there is really no need to read this book. Most of the stories are just the same with the occasional extra bit added on. There are a couple of New stories that have been added but overall its a bit like reading the same book twice....See more
If you have read in the presidents service there is really no need to read this book. Most of the stories are just the same with the occasional extra bit added on. There are a couple of New stories that have been added but overall its a bit like reading the same book twice. With that being said it is interesting to read what the presidents and families are like away from the camera''s and some of the families do not come out well.
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Mrs. L. Eggleton
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Very interesting and easy to read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 14, 2018
Very interesting and easy to read. You see behind the closed doors the White House. Makes you think who made the more human President. Thoroughly enjoying it.
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R. Ross
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A very interesting and enjoyable book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 14, 2014
I really enjoyed this book. It is filled with lots of stories that are fascinating to read. Ronald Kessler''s writing style is very easy to read and I breezed through this book quickly as I couldn''t put it down. I read Clint Hill''s ''Mrs Kennedy and Me'' and loved it. If you...See more
I really enjoyed this book. It is filled with lots of stories that are fascinating to read. Ronald Kessler''s writing style is very easy to read and I breezed through this book quickly as I couldn''t put it down. I read Clint Hill''s ''Mrs Kennedy and Me'' and loved it. If you have read that you will enjoy this. It is the first book I have read by Ronald Kessler, but it won''t be the last.
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Willing to take the bullet
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 7, 2015
I saw the book and brought it on a whim. It makes interesting reading the author writes well and brings alive the voices of the agents. A hard job done by very dedicated men and women
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