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The Secret Service: The Hidden History of an Enigmatic Agency
Exact title of book
The Secret Service: The Hidden History of an Enigmatic Agency
Book author
Philip H. Melanson
ISBN
9781567316865
Published
Jun 15, 2004
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
374
File size (in PDF)
3366 kB

Some brief overview of book

Pulling the veil off a highly visible yet tight-lipped federal agency, scholar of governmental secrecy and political violence Philip H. Melanson has created the first definitive portrait of the Secret Service. From its 1865 inception as the nations police against counterfeiting to the official assignment of protecting the president to the post 911 challenges of protecting the targets of terrorists, Melanson and co-author Peter E.

Stevens present the agencys history and examine its role in the headlines of our times. Through rigorous research and interviews with former White House staffers, retired agents, and the first female agent on the presidential detail, Melanson reveals new details about the assassination of JFK and the shooting of President Reagan, along with threats against other presidents; presidential demands on agents and agency funds (by JFK, LBJ, Nixon, the Bushes, and Clinton); alcoholism, divorce, and burnout among agents; the continuing failure to develop a profile of assassins that would facilitate effective prevention; and how the gender gap within the Service has been institutionalized. Examining the image of a highly professional and apolitical organization, the book reveals the pervasive, often detrimental influence that politics exerts on the Service, typified by Kenneth Starrs efforts to use agents testimony against President Clinton, and earlier, lesser known episodes.

Melanson also assesses the profound new challenges confronting the Secret Service as Congress considers whether to move the agency out of the Treasury Department and place it in the nascent Department of Homeland Security. The authors also analyze how the agency will respond to threats that are escalating in technological sophistication - nerve gas, dirty bombs, biological agents, and shoulder-held missiles. Now, with this provocative study, one federal agency still veiled in secrecy is exposed for all Americans to see.

About book author

H. Melanson, Ph. D., an expert on political violence and governmental secrecy, has done original research into the JFK, RFK, and Martin Luther King assassinations, prompting appearances on CBS Evening News, BBC, History Channel, Discovery Channel, and C-SPAN.

He has served as a consultant to the (JFK) Assassinations-Records Review Board, and is coordinator of the RFK Assassination Archives at the University of Massachussetts Dartmouth. His last book was SECRECY WARS NATIONAL SECURITY, e headlines of our times. Through rigorous research and interviews with former White House staffers, retired agents, and the first female agent on the presidential detail, Melanson reveals new details about the assassination of JFK and the shooting of President Reagan, along with threats against other presidents; presidential demands on agents and agency funds (by JFK, LBJ, Nixon, the Bushes, and Clinton); alcoholism, divorce, and burnout among agents; the continuing failure to develop a profile of assassins that would facilitate effective prevention; and how the gender gap within the Service has been institutionalized.

Examining the image of a highly professional and apolitical organization, the book reveals the pervasive, often detrimental influence that politics exerts on the Service, typified by Kenneth Starrs efforts to use agents testimony against President Clinton, and earlier, lesser known episodes. Melanson also assesses the profound new challenges confronting the Secret Service as Congress considers whether to move the agency out of the Treasury Department and place it in the nascent Department of Homeland Security. The authors also analyze how the agency will respond to threats that are escalating in technological sophistication - nerve gas, dirty bombs, biological agents, and shoulder-held missiles.

Now, with this provocative study, one federal agency still veiled in secrecy is exposed for all Americans to see.

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