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

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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-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.

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After a stint in the Marine Corps, DAN EMMETT joined the United States Secret Service, serving on the elite Counter Assault Team before being selected for the most coveted of all assignments in the Secret Service, the Presidential Protective Division. After 21 years as an agent, Emmett retired from the Secret Service and joined the CIA for six more years. Today, he is an adjunct professor as well as a security consultant for both private industry and the United States government. Emmett is the author of Within Arm's Length and it's YA adaptation, I Am a Secret Service Agent.

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Gr 6–8—What would it be like to ask a retired Secret Service agent about serving a president of the United States? In this memoir, readers learn how after John F. Kennedy's assassination, an eight-year-old Emmett decided to one day become a Secret Service agent, a dream later actualized after a career in the Marine Corps. A member of the dauntless Counter Assault Team and elite Presidential Protection Division, Emmett distinguished himself while working for the Secret Service. The book is a series of action-packed anecdotes, as one would expect from the title. However, repeated descriptions of training, typical jobs, and expectations bog down the narrative in places. This is an abridged version of the author's 2014 Within Arm's Length: A Secret Service Agent's Definitive Inside Account of Protecting the President, edited for length and appropriateness for middle school readers. A time line of the history of the Secret Service concludes the work. VERDICT This firsthand introduction to the Secret Service is a valuable addition for those interested in law enforcement.—Seth Herchenbach, McHenry City College, Crystal Lake, IL

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