Thursday, August 7, 2014

The First Family Detail

"The First Family Detail" is a fascinating book written by Ronald Kessler, detailing the Secret Service's interactions with various first families. When I first saw this book I was not exactly sure what to expect - whether this would be a book with a lot of gossip about the first families, or if it would be more interesting, factual accounts of events that unfolded. I was happy to find that this book is very interesting, and tells a wide variety of accounts from the actual agents who were involved.

There are first hand accounts from the presidencies of Nixon, Ford, and George H.W. Bush, to name a few. The stories are intriguing, personal, and most of them are little known. One of the most intriguing accounts in this book, in my opinion, is when President George H.W. Bush made a visit to Enid, Oklahoma. Prior to his visit, a psychic claimed to have had a vision of the President being assassinated. The details of this account were really interesting, and something I had never heard of.

The chapters are each devoted to one particular story, and they really are not super long chapters, which makes this a really easy read. I liked that it was written for the common person who isn't involved in politics. I thought there were a lot of interesting details put into this book, like code names for the Presidents, among other things.

Overall I would rate this book a 5/5. I thought that is was well written, and there isn't too much of the Secret Service code lingo, which I appreciated. I thought the stories were really interesting, and I also felt like I did learn a lot from reading this book. I love history and politics, so I think that plays into how much I did enjoy this book. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who also has the same interests, as it truly is a fascinating book.

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received this book for free through the's blogger program in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.

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