I Am a Secret Service Agent: My Life Spent Protecting the President

I Am a Secret Service Agent My Life Spent Protecting the President Dan Emmett was just eight years old when President John F Kennedy was assassinated From that moment forward he knew he wanted to become a Secret Service agent one of an elite group of highly trained

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  • Title: I Am a Secret Service Agent: My Life Spent Protecting the President
  • Author: Dan Emmett CharlesMaynard
  • ISBN: 9781250130303
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dan Emmett was just eight years old when President John F Kennedy was assassinated From that moment forward, he knew he wanted to become a Secret Service agent, one of an elite group of highly trained men and women dedicated to preserving the life of the President of the United States at any cost, including sacrificing their own lives if necessary Armed with single mindDan Emmett was just eight years old when President John F Kennedy was assassinated From that moment forward, he knew he wanted to become a Secret Service agent, one of an elite group of highly trained men and women dedicated to preserving the life of the President of the United States at any cost, including sacrificing their own lives if necessary Armed with single minded determination and a never quit attitude, he did just that Selected over thousands of other highly qualified applicants to become an agent, he was eventually chosen to be one of the best of the best and provided protection worldwide for Presidents George Herbert Walker Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, and George W Bush I Am a Secret Service Agent skillfully describes 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 with the inner workings of the White House I Am A Secret Service Agent is a must read for young adults interested in a career in federal law enforcement.

    One thought on “I Am a Secret Service Agent: My Life Spent Protecting the President”

    1. Despite the cover, the author is a really humble guy, despite the cover. (I admit that I was drawn in by the action thriller-like cover). His career spanned 3 administrations (41, 42, 43). He and the presidential families had a mutual respect for each other. The most dangerous thing he was surprising but really obvious when you thought about it. And then he went to Afghanistan after retiring at the ripe old age of 49.It's a really great book for those wondering how it all works. I really wonder [...]

    2. Maynard has given an intelligently written, easily readable, and good book on his time as a Secret Service Agent. The dedication to his career, and the pride he took in it is very admirable. The non stop training, as well as the other sacrifices he made are admirable. I was told that this book was written for a younger audience, those hoping to follow in his career footsteps. It would be a valuable reference for them, and it reads very well to an adult audience also. 

    3. A very insightful look into the life of a Secret Service agent. Dan Emmet protected three Presidents in his rich and interesting career. Highly recommended.

    4. I Am A Secret Service Agent is the story of a young boy's dream came true. Dan was only 8 years old when President Kennedy was assassinated and from that moment on, he dreamed to become a Secret Service Agent. From college to a career in the Marine Corp, a opportunity came along to realize his dream and he took it but not without hard work that got him to that point. This is Dan's story of how you can have a dream and with hard work and persistence, anything is possible!This book captivated for [...]

    5. I won this book on . That bein said. I love this book! I feel it really gives you the inside look or peak of what it takes to become a secret service agent. Because of the authors love for the secret service from a very young age it helped him focus on his career goal - first with college, then the marines, finally, with a persistence that few possess, to join the secret service. I feel that anyone who is interested in the secret service or has thought about becoming an agent should read this bo [...]

    6. Won this book on . This was a short read with very little of any substance or bite. There were no good stories or behind the scene observations by the author. For such a short book at less than 120 pages it was just plain boring. I wish I could have rated it lower.

    7. Copy provided by Young Adult Books CentralEmmett was a young, impressionable boy growing up in the South when President Kennedy was assassinated. The event made such an impression on him that he enlisted in Marine Corps, served his time there, and then made a concerted effort to break into the ranks of the secret service. He eventually was hired, and made his way up to working at the white house. He worked for presidents from Ronald Reagan and was personally in charge of the safety of Bill and H [...]

    8. I received an ARC through .---Wow. This was a very interesting, albeit short read. I really enjoyed reading the author's story and journey to becoming a secret service agent. He was very straightforward and concise with his words, with lots of details to keep your attention but also focusing on a lot of important and main points (focus on your goals, work hard, persistence pays off and friendships lasts a lifetime). The public and media (thanks Hollywood) are lead to believe that Secret Service [...]

    9. This book offered a very interesting and insightful look into life of a secret service agent. When most people think of secret service agents the think of the movie screen Hollywood version. The men in the dark sunglasses standing silently in the corner with no feelings or thoughts of their own, almost robotic. But this book shows that they are real people with real lives, family's and dreams of their own. They are people who constantly sacrifice their life in order to protect the leader of the [...]

    10. Dan Emmett wrote this short but delightful read about his life as an agent for the Secret Service. He describes the reasons why he was interested in joining the Secret Service, how he got a job, investigating financial crimes out in the field before being able to join the protection detail. I thought he did a great job describing the training involved as well as the day to day operations of being an agent. He also touches on some of the hardships of the job including what the job does to one's s [...]

    11. When I think of the Secret Service, my thoughts are to the PPD. Mr. Emmett was able to outline the history of the organization in a manner that was very easy to understand. I had no idea that the original purpose was for forgery just after the Civil War. As I read through the book, it was eye opening to learn that some divisions of the Secret Service have to retrain and requalify for their positions every eight weeks. I don’t know of any other career where an individual goes through that type [...]

    12. A very quick and easy to read story. This book quickly captured my attention. Not full of technical facts, but full of insights regarding the person dedicated to protection of the POTUS. A hard life full of obsessive detail, long hours, and nail biting situations. I personally, don't agree with the politics of some Presidents, but this book does offer insight regarding the fact that they are not protecting the person as much as they are protection the office and the country it represents. My hat [...]

    13. This book is a good read for anybody, not just wannabe agents. It details the career of Dan Emmet, a secret service agent who spent over 20 years protecting 3 presidents and how not all of it is as exciting as it seems. It is an autobiography and is detailed in its description. Although it was well written, the transitions from one part of the job to another is not especially clear as to how he got there and is a little hard to follow. For anyone who likes, memoirs or adventures or even just loo [...]

    14. I won this book on . I really enjoyed it. I learned a lot about the Secret Service, the extremely hard work it is to be an agent. Dan Emmett takes you from his first desire to become an agent and the steps he took to get to be one. Not all who have the desire gets to achieve their goals. He tells of the sacrifices the agents make in their lives to be an agent. I plan to loan my book to my son to see if his son would also enjoy reading it.

    15. Writing was terrible. I've never seen such extraneous use of exclamation points in a published book or a work of nonfiction. I found t patronizing and jarring from the reader experience. The actual content of the book was good, not great. I wish some parts had gone into more detail. Story followed chronological timeline of the subject's career, versus other ways to tell a story.Was hoping to book talk this to 7th and 8th graders, but the writingt great.

    16. I love this book! I feel it really gives you the inside look or peak of what it takes to become a secret service agent. Because of the authors love for the secret service from a very young age it helped him focus on his career goal - first with college, then the marines, finally, with a persistence that few possess, to join the secret service. I feel that anyone who is interested in the secret service or has thought about becoming an agent should read this book. An amazing read.

    17. This book really showed good insight into the job of the secret service. It showed many interesting things about being a secret service agent and how they don't just protect the president. I also thought the author did a great job of including little stories throughout to explain different things they do.

    18. This was a giveaway win. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Though I am not the target audience, I am sure there are some boys in my middle school classroom that would enjoy this book. It shows that the life of a secret service agent is not glamorous, and is generally boring, but those times when they are needed are ever so important. Though you spend most of your time with the president/vice president/their families, they are not your friends and you have to keep a professional relationsh [...]

    19. A very fun and quick read. It was very interesting to see this perspective on what being in the Secret Service is like. The personal antic dotes were short enough to hold my attention, yet detailed enough for me to get sucked in to each situation he was describing.

    20. Great details about the life of a Secret Service Agent. The first few chapters were painfully slow. Maybe a bit more excitement and then a "flashback" would have increased my interest in the beginning. I was tempted to "skip ahead" but did not.

    21. Very interesting. Short and easy to read. The author describes his career journey, his motivations and the characteristics required to be part of the elite team that protects the president of the United States.

    22. Interesting and concise read! With the current climate, its important to remember there are people like you and I who are close to the president and just as much affected by the presidents choices as we are. Worth reading

    23. Excellent read for YA. Most everyone should be aware of this information. Dan Emmett did a great job of dispelling the James Bond view of service to one's nation. Thank you for your service Mr & Mrs. Emmett.

    24. I enjoyed reading and learning about a Secret Service Agent's life while protecting the President of the United States, overall it was an amazing book.

    25. I won this book as part of a good reads giveaway. It is a advanced readers copy of the book. It was a good book to read. It was very informative book on how this secret service agent did his job.

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