The First Family Detail By Ronald Kessler (2 out of 5)


First of all, let me stress that I love Ronald Kessler and I have loved all of his books- until this one. This feels like an added on companion to the 2010 book that he wrote, In The President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of FIre and the People They Protect. Meaning what? That most of that title covered the behind the scenes with the Secret Service, with particular presidents up to the current, and about the ins and out of Secret Service and the detail that makes up that Secret Service. This book, in comparison to that first one, reads quickly, and most of the information contained seems to be redux..or “extras” that for some reason didn’t make it into this title. Chapters aren’t long, chapters aren’t particularly in-depth, and it all seems to have been done already. So why publish another book? There are some added details that didn’t make it into the 2010 title, but overall, nothing of consequence that you couldn’t have wiki’ed to get the answer to. (The nuclear football is fascinating, but really, we all know Hillary Clinton is a nightmare to agents. It’s been a rumor for years, and now I guess it’s confirmed, via Kessler’s sources). I guess my main point of contention is that it feels like a book of filler to his earlier book, and I can’t get excited about a book when it feels like some added on source material. There isn’t anything substantial, or new, or noteworthy, here.

*I received this book from BLOGGING FOR BOOKS in return for a honest


~ by generationgbooks on September 25, 2014.

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