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Publisher's Summary

Dan Emmett was just eight years old when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The events surrounding the president's death shaped the course of young Emmett's life as he set a goal of becoming a U.S. Secret Service agent-one of a special group of people willing to trade their lives for that of the president, if necessary. Within Arm's Length is a revealing and compelling inside look at the Secret Service and the elite Presidential Protective Division (PPD). Using stories from some of the author's more high-profile assignments in his twenty-one years of service, Emmett describes the professional, physical, and emotional challenges faced by Secret Service agents. Included are never-before-discussed topics such as the complicated relationship between presidents, first ladies, and their agents; the inner workings of Secret Service protective operations; and the seldom-mentioned challenges of the complex Secret Service cultural issues faced by an agent's family.

©2014 Dan Emmett (P)2014 Tantor

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Not What I Was Expecting

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People with a specific interest in the Secret Service.

Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Emmett again?

I would not rule it out, but doubtful.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The slight whistle when making "S" sounds was very distracting and pronunciation of "addition", annoyed me.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Some of the stories were interesting, but this book is 95% about Dan Emmett. The description of the book made it seem like there would be more anecdotes about US Presidents.

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Obviously a dedicated patriot

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Right off the bat, the author warns that this is not a book about gossip. He's correct. I don't need gossip but it would have been nice if the stories he told included interesting antidotes, or things I may not have already known. This book describes the incredible career of a true patriot but included a lot of chest-thumping and surface info. It's as if he gave the manuscript to the feds and they edited out anything juicy, or at least a little juicy. You don't need to divulge state secrets or break your oath to make it a bit more interesting.

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Excellent choice

This is an excellent choice for anyone wanting to know some history of the U.S. Secret Service and it has a great story line to accompany it.
Mr. Emmett has a very interesting history and I am glad I made the choice to purchase.

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Interesting story about the Secret Service

This book was an enlightening story for me. Through the years, I have often wondered what it was like for those brave men and women who worked in the a United States Secret Service. Through my listening to the book, I was able to find out some of the day to day aspects of the life of a Secret Service agent. I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in those folks who provide a very valuable service to the President of the United States and the citizenry of our country.

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The honest story of a man with questionable morals

This honest story of a military man who built his career based on his desire to fight and endure hardship of what his jobs required of him teaches us that even a person with a very questionable morals (he believes in law and rules when they are applied to others but not to him as breaking the rules he considered to have balls, he believes in no difference between Russian and American Secret Service and their ideas Etc.) is necessary for our protections and well-being and we should be grateful to them for their sacrifice and dedication.

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good

everything about the book was really good. the narrator did an excellent job telling the story.

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Liked it

Story overall was pretty good, and the narrator has the voice I sort of imagine a secret service member to have. My biggest complaint albeit minor is the story is not in chronological order which can make some parts difficult to follow

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Very cool behind the scenes look

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, learned a lot about the secret service that I didn't know before.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The mindset that secret service men and women have to adopt/have.

Which scene was your favorite?

One where Dan was in the oval office or Russia with some other eastern european delagate visiting and almost led to a shoot out.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Book title is good.

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would recommend to friends

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Very good book

Very good. Well presented and very good narration. Found the content interesting and learned a number of facts about the Secret Service that I was not aware of.

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An Inside Look

For those interested in the USSS seeking information on the hiring process and academies, you won't find much inside information. But for those seeking information on what the lifestyle as USSS agent is like, then this book is for. Great book and look at the daily life of a USSS agent.