Within Arm's Length: The Extraordinary Life and Career of a Special Agent in the United States Secret Service

Within Arm s Length The Extraordinary Life and Career of a Special Agent in the United States Secret Service 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

  • Title: Within Arm's Length: The Extraordinary Life and Career of a Special Agent in the United States Secret Service
  • Author: Dan Emmett
  • ISBN: 9781462070725
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 narrates the story of EmmeDan 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 narrates the story of Emmett s journey in this coveted job from the application process to his retirement as assistant to the special agent in charge on the elite Presidential Protective Division PPD Here he discusses some of his high profile assignments in his twenty one years of service, including the PPD and the Counter Assault Team where he provided arm s length protection worldwide for Presidents George Herbert Walker Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, and George W Bush This memoir describes the professional challenges faced by Secret Service agents as well as the physical and emotional toll that can be inflicted on both agents and their families Within Arm s Length also shares firsthand details about the duties and challenges of 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 With fascinating anecdotes, Emmett weaves keen insight into the unique culture and history of the Secret Service.

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    1. I found this very interesting as I have always wondered about the people who sign up to be a secret service agent. If you are interested in what is involved with these agents, then read this book. I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed it better than reading the printed version.

    2. 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 emoti [...]

    3. The author provides a straightforward analysis of his long and successful career in the The United States Secret Service both as an agent and an instructor. However, if you are looking for any 'inside scoops' or 'political posturing' your won't find it here. Dan Emmett values the office of the president of the United States above all else, and he writes nothing that would dishonor or reveal any procedures within the agency that might be taken in a negative light, so there is nothing of a controv [...]

    4. This book reveals what we have long suspected - the real life of a PPD agent in the Secret Service is nothing like what you see in the movies.Emmett has an easy conversational tone perfect for a Sunday afternoon read. I did find myself wishing that he would get more technical (but maybe that's a defacto response to reading too many Tom Clancy novels).Interesting fact - when JFK was assassinated there were 400 agents in the Secret Service - today there are over 2000.Another fun story. One day he [...]

    5. If you can get past his politics which he wears happily on his sleeve, it is a nice history and window into the workings of the Secret Service. He draws a clear distinction between the FBI, CIA and the Secret Service describing the responsibilities of each organization. An excellent and informative book. I would highly recommend it!

    6. This book was fascinating. I do not normally read nonfiction, but this book didn't feel like nonfiction. Rather, it went so quickly and I learned so much about not only the Secret Service, but also about the CIA. So many misconceptions have been corrected and I now have a feel for the kind of life an agent on the PPD lives.I would definitely recommend this.

    7. Full disclosure: I won this book in a Firstreads giveaway.After serving as a Marine Corps Officer, the author spent 21 years in the secret service followed by another 6 years in the CIA. This book is the account of his career. He was a member of the secret service Counter Assault Team (CAT), presidential protection detail and an instructor in the secret service training program. He takes us inside each of these areas of the secret service and shares interesting stories and anecdotes. I was part [...]

    8. Thanks to , I received Within Arm's Length: A Secret Service Agent's Definitive Inside Account of Protecting the President by Dam Emmett. It is an irony that I received this book based on algorithms that I would guess include my address. As it would be, I am very liberal, residing in what has been called the reddest state in the nation. The author does not mince words as they pertain to his feelings about liberals and democratsd despite that, this book was, in fact, a fascinating and very enjoya [...]

    9. The bits about the history of the Secret Service and how it works were interesting to me. I wish there would have been more of that. Instead, Emmett tried to tell stories of daring do but since they do such a good job protecting the president, there aren't really very many (happily so). The ones told were only mildly interesting and some seemed forced. Was a little astounded that many agents couldn't keep up with Clinton's 9min/mile pace during his three mile jogs! And that W ran sub 7 min miles [...]

    10. Interesting story - ok writing. Factual and interesting, not literary. Seemed like he might have given away a few too many details about how things are done, but generally was careful to avoid telling too much. I'm sure the book was heavily edited to prevent unknown details from getting out. I don't know that much about the inner workings of the military, government, or governmental agencies, so it was very educational and definitely kept my attention. He was fairly balanced and worked to mainta [...]

    11. Good stuff. Yes, Mr. Emmett does toss out the odd political remark, but for the most part he keeps his opinions to himself and gives the reader an unvarnished look at what goes in to being a Secret Service agent. He also shares interesting details regarding the logistics of guarding the president, regardless of what the president wants to do. The discussion of guarding Clinton, the jogging president, was fascinating. Yes, he was limited to stories with happy endings, but that didn't diminish the [...]

    12. First thought about this book was, "Wow, does this author have a HUGE ego, or what?" But most secret service agents probably think the same way.Overall I enjoyed the book. It advertised itself as a "definitive inside account of protecting the president." I was a little disappointed it really didn't go into detail about how the secret service failed to protect the president during Clinton's administration (i.e Monica Lewinsky). He completely ignored that chapter of history. Otherwise it was inter [...]

    13. An interesting look at what it takes to be a member of the Presidential Protective Division. Obviously, these guys are the best in the world at what they do and deserve a lot of respect. There are only a very small number of men and women who can jump all of the hurdles required to get to the PPD and become a successful agent. The stories told in this book really shine a light on the uniqueness of their role in the United States government.

    14. An excellent read to get the real flavor of the training and execution required to be in the CAT and PPD of the Secret Service. A very well written account that leaves out sordid details of those he protected (unlike some other books), but instead focuses on the training, preparation and specific missions of the Secret Service, including the incredibly long hours and nightmarish schedule of these agents.

    15. I chose to have this book read to me through the ebooks at library. This is a biography about a man whose goal at a young man was to be part of the secret service and protect the president (or POTUS). This is not a political book it's a story of a man with story to tell. I gave it five stars as I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone.

    16. While not filled with "tell all" details about the lives of presidents or that would reveal aspects of the Secret Service that might jeopardize safety, this obviously loyal agent gives a seemingly realistic summary of what it's like to be in the service. Definitely worth reading if you have any interest in the subject at all.

    17. Interesting read of one mans complete career in the Secret Service all the way through protecting the President(s). I was hoping to get a little more insight about the personalities of these past Presidents from a man who spent so much time closely with them, but that never really happened in the book.

    18. I learned new things about the Secret Service and enjoyed this book. The author is pretty obvious about his political beliefs — some of which were contradictory — but it didn't really bother me. It was more of a historical and inside look at being in the Secret Service rather than a thrilling narrative, but that's a good thing since it means they're doing their job well.

    19. A very interesting book about the Secret Service and their training and work. The author artfully shared stories of the Secret Service and their activities without sharing information that might compromise their mission. Thank you.

    20. An interesting look into the Secret Service, but not necessarily a page-turner. I thought the author was professional in not giving personal details into the lives of the presidents he served. That said, most of the book read like a military manual.

    21. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you are looking to get an in depth look at how the Secret Service works, this is definitely the book for you. Dan gives an interesting view of the Service as one who served 3 different Presidents. I would recommend this book.

    22. After listening to Secret Service tell alls by a biographer, an auto biography was a nice change. Very interesting to hear about his life experience instead of just who's sleeping with who in the Oval.

    23. good insight into the world of secret service The author has done well not to reveal any classified information. The flow of the book is gripping but there is no right chronology of events

    24. The memoirs of a Secret Agent. Not much I haven't read elsewhere, and the writer is less-than engaging. Some interesting snippets here and there, but not enough to captivate me.

    25. This was an amazing motivating story. I was so happy to read how this man worked so hard to accomplish his dream. Very impressive and interesting.

    26. Interesting account of the life of a 20+ year veteran of the Secret Service. I learned things about the Secret Service I hadn't known before.

    27. Not completely clean, but an excellent book about the SS. I was especially intrigued to read about the visit to the DMZ in Korea.

    28. This book is very uneven; it does offer some insights into the mission of protecting the President, but it's more a personal story about the author. Two things get in the way, one trivial and the other significant. One other review I read said he wore his politics on his sleeve; I would add "in 8 foot high neon letters." His disdain for liberal values/politicians was repeatedly articulated, either by flavoring his description of them with less than complimentary characterizations, or in some cas [...]

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