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Kessler Book Rises to No. 2 Among New York Times Best-Sellers

Thursday, 27 Aug 2009 11:20 AM

By Jim Meyers

Newsmax Chief Washington Correspondent Ronald Kessler's new book about the Secret Service has risen to No. 2 on the New York Times' list of best-sellers.

"In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect" will be in second place on the list of hardcover nonfiction best-sellers to be published on September 6, up from No. 4 on the previous list.

Kessler earlier best-sellers include "The Terrorist Watch," "The CIA at War," "The Bureau" and "Inside the White House."

He is the first journalist to penetrate the wall of secrecy that surrounds the U.S. Secret Service, and his new book is based on interviews with more than 100 current and former agents.

"In the President's Secret Service" offers intriguing stories about presidents from JFK to George W. Bush, and also provides an inside look at the current White House resident — including the fact that, despite his iffy denials, Barack Obama is still smoking cigarettes.

Among the many other disclosures in Kessler's book:

  • After Obama entered the White House, the Secret Service experienced a 400 percent increase in the number of threats against the president, in comparison with his predecessor George Bush.

  • Bush's daughters Barbara and Jenna gave their Secret Service details a hard time and would try to lose the agents assigned to them.

  • John Kennedy had secret trysts with Marilyn Monroe in a loft above the office of his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy.

  • Lyndon Johnson would walk around totally naked in the presence of his daughters, his wife Lady Bird, and female secretaries.

  • Richard Nixon had no relationship with his wife and did not sleep with her.

  • A paper napkin found in a hotel elevator helped the Service thwart an assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan.

  • Jimmy Carter once tried to attack and kill a small dog with a bow saw.

  • The Secret Service has been "cutting corners" since it was taken over by Homeland Security, heightening the risk of an assassination.

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