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Zero fail : the rise and fall of the Secret Service / Carol Leonnig.

Leonnig, Carol, (author.).

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  • 21 of 32 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Weston Public Library.
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Weston Public Library 363.28 LEONNIG (Text to phone) 34053150426111 Adult New Nonfiction Available -

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General Note:
Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Protecting Lancer -- Tempting the devil -- Three shots in Dallas -- No time to grieve -- One last day on the trail -- The president's spies -- A casual walk to church -- Battening down the hatches -- Night of the long knives -- A happy service, a rising threat -- A rock star president -- The intern -- Scrambling on 9/11 -- "You don't belong here" -- "He predicted all of it" -- "Obama will die. KKK forever! " Or "He'll be shot sure as hell." -- Sullivan's crew -- The night bullets hit the white house -- "I woke up to a nightmare" -- Sullivan's struggles -- Outed -- A new sheriff in town or the first female director -- A listing ship -- "He's in the house" -- Clancy's turn -- Chaos candidate -- Taking a hit for Trump.
Summary, etc.:
"Carol Leonnig has been covering the Secret Service for The Washington Post for most of the last decade, bringing to light the gaffes and scandals that plague the agency today--from a toxic work culture to outdated equipment and training to the deep resentment among the ranks with the agency's leadership. But the Secret Service wasn't always so troubled. The Secret Service was born in 1865, in the wake of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, but its story begins in earnest in 1963, with the death of John F. Kennedy. Shocked into reform by their failure to protect the president on that fateful day, this once-sleepy agency was rapidly transformed into a proud, elite unit that would finally redeem themselves in 1981 by valiantly thwarting an assassination attempt against Ronald Reagan. But this reputation for courage and efficiency would not last forever. By Barack Obama's presidency, the Secret Service was becoming notorious for break-ins at the White House, an armed gunman firing at the building while agents stood by, a massive prostitution scandal in Cartagena, and many other dangerous lapses. To expose the these shortcomings, Leonnig interviewed countless current and former agents who risked their careers to speak out about an agency that's broken and in desperate need of a reform"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: United States. Secret Service > History.
United States. Secret Service > Administration.
Secret service > United States > History.
Presidents > Protection > United States > History.
Presidents > Assassination > United States > History.
Presidents > Assassination attempts > History.
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Zero Fail : The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service
Zero Fail : The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service
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Zero Fail : The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * "This is one of those books that will go down as the seminal work--the determinative work--in this field. . . . Terrifying."--Rachel Maddow The first definitive account of the rise and fall of the Secret Service, from the Kennedy assassination to the alarming mismanagement of the Obama and Trump years, right up to the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6--by the Pulitzer Prize winner and #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of A Very Stable Genius and I Alone Can Fix It Carol Leonnig has been reporting on the Secret Service for The Washington Post for most of the last decade, bringing to light the secrets, scandals, and shortcomings that plague the agency today--from a toxic work culture to dangerously outdated equipment to the deep resentment within the ranks at key agency leaders, who put protecting the agency's once-hallowed image before fixing its flaws. But the Secret Service wasn't always so troubled. The Secret Service was born in 1865, in the wake of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, but its story begins in earnest in 1963, with the death of John F. Kennedy. Shocked into reform by its failure to protect the president on that fateful day in Dallas, this once-sleepy agency was radically transformed into an elite, highly trained unit that would redeem itself several times, most famously in 1981 by thwarting an assassination attempt against Ronald Reagan. But this reputation for courage and excellence would not last forever. By Barack Obama's presidency, the once-proud Secret Service was running on fumes and beset by mistakes and alarming lapses in judgment: break-ins at the White House, an armed gunman firing into the windows of the residence while confused agents stood by, and a massive prostitution scandal among agents in Cartagena, to name just a few. With Donald Trump's arrival, a series of promised reforms were cast aside, as a president disdainful of public service instead abused the Secret Service to rack up political and personal gains. To explore these problems in the ranks, Leonnig interviewed dozens of current and former agents, government officials, and whistleblowers who put their jobs on the line to speak out about a hobbled agency that's in desperate need of reform. "I will be forever grateful to them for risking their careers," she writes, "not because they wanted to share tantalizing gossip about presidents and their families, but because they know that the Service is broken and needs fixing. By telling their story, they hope to revive the Service they love."

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