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Secret Service: The Hidden History of an Enigmatic Agency
Philip H. Melanson (au); Peter F. Stevens (au)
The first comprehensive history of one of our governmentís most shrouded agencies. Begins in 1865 as the nationís police against counterfeiting to the official assignment of protecting the pres. to the post 9/11 challenges of protecting the targets of terrorists. Reveals new details about the assassination of JFK and the shooting of Pres. Reagan, along with threats against other pres.; presidential demands on agents and agency funds; 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. Analyzes how the agency will respond to threats that are escalating in technological sophistication. Illustrations.
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