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Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service

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New York Occasions greatest vendor “That is a kind of books that can go down because the seminal work – the determinative work – on this area…. Terrifying.” (Rachel Maddow)The primary 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, proper as much as the rebel on the Capitol on January 6 – by the Pulitzer Prize winner and primary New York Occasions best-selling co-author of A Very Secure Genius and I Alone Can Repair ItNamed One of many Finest Books of the Yr by The Washington PostCarol Leonnig has been reporting on the Secret Service for The Washington Submit for many of the final decade, bringing to gentle the secrets and techniques, scandals, and shortcomings that plague the company as we speak – from a poisonous work tradition to dangerously outdated gear to the deep resentment inside the ranks at key company leaders, who put defending the company’s once-hallowed picture earlier than fixing its flaws. However the Secret Service wasn’t at all times so troubled.The Secret Service was born in 1865, within the wake of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, however its story begins in earnest in 1963, with the demise of John F. Kennedy. Shocked into reform by its failure to guard the president on that fateful day in Dallas, this once-sleepy company was radically reworked into an elite, extremely skilled unit that may redeem itself a number of instances, most famously in 1981 by thwarting an assassination try towards Ronald Reagan. However this repute for braveness and excellence wouldn’t final ceaselessly. By Barack Obama’s presidency, the once-proud Secret Service was working on fumes and beset by errors and alarming lapses in judgment: break-ins on the White Home, an armed gunman firing into the home windows of the residence whereas confused brokers stood by, and an enormous prostitution scandal amongst brokers in Cartagena, to call just some. With Donald Trump’s arrival, a collection of promised reforms have been forged apart, as a president disdainful of public service as an alternative abused the Secret Service to rack up political and private features.To discover these issues within the ranks, Leonnig interviewed dozens of present and former brokers, authorities officers, and whistleblowers who put their jobs on the road to talk out a few hobbled company that’s in determined want of reform. “I might be ceaselessly grateful to them for risking their careers,” she writes, “not as a result of they wished to share tantalizing gossip about presidents and their households, however as a result of they know that the Service is damaged and desires fixing. By telling their story, they hope to revive the Service they love.”

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