EXPLOSIVE NEW BOOK FROM
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR RONALD KESSLER TO EXPOSE THE SECRET LIVES
OF OUR NATION'S LEADERS
Since publication of his New York Times bestselling book In the President’s Secret Service in 2009, award-winning investigative reporter Ronald Kessler has continued to penetrate the wall of secrecy that surrounds the U.S. Secret Service, breaking the story that Secret Service agents who were to protect President Obama hired prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia in April 2012 and revealing that the Secret Service allowed a third uninvited guest to crash a White House state dinner in January 2010.
Now, in his highly anticipated new book, THE FIRST FAMILY DETAIL: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents, Kessler presents far bigger and more consequential stories that will make headlines about our nation’s leaders and the agency sworn to protect them. In this eye-opening and uncensored book, Kessler widens his scope to include presidential candidates and former presidents after they leave the White House. In particular, he focuses on first ladies and their children and their relationships with the presidents. Based on exclusive, on-the-record interviews with former and current Secret Service agents, THE FIRST FAMILY DETAIL will include revelations about the first families and their feuds, foibles, idiosyncrasies and character, and explore the special challenges agents assigned to their protective details face.
Secret Service agents have a front-row seat to the presidents’, vice presidents’, and presidential candidates’ private lives and those of their wives and children. From seeing reckless behavior that threatens the country’s safety, to overhearing First Lady Michelle Obama’s admonitions to the president, to watching their own agency take risks that could result in an assassination, Secret Service agents know a hidden world that Ronald Kessler exposes in THE FIRST FAMILY DETAIL.
"Presidents, vice presidents and presidential candidates create an image of themselves that is often the opposite of the truth,” Kessler says. “Secret Service agents see what goes on behind the scenes and know the real story. Besides making for some explosive reading, those stories provide clues to character that voters need to consider, as opposed to politicians’ acting ability on TV or what they promise. In the end, character may be the deciding factor in the success or failure of a presidency.”