The First Family Detail


Since publication of his New York Times bestselling book In the President’s Secret Service, award-winning investigative reporter Ronald Kessler has continued to penetrate the wall of secrecy that surrounds the U.S. Secret Service, breaking the story that Secret Service agents who were to protect President Obama hired prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia and revealing that the Secret Service allowed a third uninvited guest to crash a White House state dinner. 

Now in The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents, Kessler presents far bigger and more consequential stories that will make headlines about our nation’s leaders and the agency sworn to protect them. Kessler widens his scope to include presidential candidates and former presidents after they leave the White House. In particular, he focuses on first ladies and their children and their relationships with the presidents. 

From seeing reckless behavior that threatens the country’s safety, to overhearing First Lady Michelle Obama’s admonitions to the president, to watching their own agency take risks that could result in an assassination, Secret Service agents know a hidden world that Ronald Kessler exposes in The First Family Detail.

Ron Kessler appears to get everything first. Slate
[Ronald Kessler] is the man who broke the story about the [Secret Service] episode in Cartagena afer receiving a tip from an agent. New York Times

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THE SECRETS OF THE FBI reveals the FBI’s most closely guarded privileged information and the secrets of celebrities, politicians, and movie stars uncovered by agents during their investigations. THE SECRETS OF THE FBI discloses:

• Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy secretly borrowed the personal car of the FBI agent in charge of the Los Angeles field office to visit Marilyn Monroe just before she took her own life.

• FBI agents determined that an encounter with Hillary Clinton triggered Vince Foster’s suicide a week later.

• Russia tried to include convicted spies Robert Hanssen and Aldrich Ames in the swap of Russian spies arrested by the FBI and tried to contact Ames in prison.

• After he was killed, the FBI could not match Osama bin Laden’s fingerprints.

• Contrary to the fictionalized portrayal in the movie "Breach," it was FBI agent Mike Rochford who uncovered fellow agent Robert Hanssen as a spy.

• FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had a spousal relationship with his deputy, Clyde Tolson.

• When planting bugs in the homes and offices of Mafia figures, spies, and terrorists, FBI agents tranquilize dogs, stage fake traffic accidents, and instruct police to stop occupants who try to return.

Based on his unparalleled access to hundreds of current and former FBI agents, award-winning journalist Ronald Kessler delivers a treasure trove of revelations in this page turner. Kessler goes behind the scenes at the FBI Laboratory and training center and presents an exclusive interview with FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III.

For the first time, he reveals how secret FBI teams break into homes, offices, and embassies to plant bugging devices without getting caught and shot as burglars. The narrative culminates with the inside story of the FBI’s involvement in the raid on bin Laden's compound.

The FBI is involved in almost every aspect of American life. From Watergate to Waco, from congressional scandals to the takedown of Osama bin Laden, from Vince Foster’s death to the swap of Russian spies, THE SECRETS OF THE FBI presents headline-making disclosures about the most important figures and events of our time.

When it comes to developing access to top players, uncovering secrets, and writing a vivid tale, Ronald Kessler is without peer. As he did in his New York Times bestseller IN THE PRESIDENT'S SECRET SERVICE, Kessler penetrated a wall of secrecy to write a book that is powerful and compelling.

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