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Within Arm's Length: A Secret Service Agent's Definitive Inside Account of Protecting the President

Within Arm's Length: A Secret Service Agent's Definitive Inside Account of Protecting the President

Dan Emmett

St. Martin's Griffin


Trade Paperback

A rare inside look at the Secret Service from an agent who provided protection worldwide for President George H. W. Bush, President William Clinton, and President George W. Bush

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 working in the White House as a US 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). With stories from some of the author's more high-profile assignments in his twenty-one years of service, where he provided arm's length protection worldwide for the presidency of George Herbert Walker Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, and George W. Bush, both as a member of the PPD and the Counter Assault Team, Dan 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 as well as the seldom-mentioned challenges of the complex Secret Service cultural issues faced by an agent's family. Within Arm's Length also shares firsthand details about conducting presidential advances, dealing with the media, driving the President in a bullet-proof limousine, running alongside him through the streets of Washington, and flying with him on Air Force One.

Within Arm's Length is the essential book on the United States Secret Service. This revealing and compelling inside look at the Presidential Protective Division, along with spellbinding stories from the author's career, gives the reader an unprecedented look in to the life and career of an agent in America's most elite law enforcement agency.


Praise for Within Arm's Length: A Secret Service Agent's Definitive Inside Account of Protecting the President

“Controversial.” —Inside Edition

“This book is a must-read for anyone anticipating a job in government security services or police administration.” —Abraham Bolden, first African American Secret Service agent assigned to PPD

“I found Within Arm's Length to be an honest window into the long, at times exuberant, and often difficult career of a Secret Service Agent.” —Josh King, Polioptics

Within Arm's Length is, without question, the best book ever written about the Secret Service.” —Vince Palamara, author of Survivors Guilt

“Very moving!” —Jake Tapper, CNN correspondent and New York Times bestselling author of The Outpost

“The book is great!” —Tom Sullivan, FOX News

“[A] fascinating book.” —Shannon Bream, FOX News

“[It] is a treat for readers wanting to know what is behind those sunglasses.” —

“Emmett's book, which succeeds in making vivid the life and culture of the anonymous, earpiece-wearing men and women clustered around the president, will be popular with readers who are interested in the Secret Service as an organization and those who protect the president.” —Library Journal

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About the author

Dan Emmett

After a stint in the Marine Corps, DAN EMMETT joined the United States Secret Service, serving on the elite Counter Assault Team before being selected for the most coveted of all assignments in the Secret Service, the Presidential Protective Division. After 21 years as an agent, Emmett retired from the Secret Service and joined the CIA for six more years. Today, the author is an adjunct professor as well as a security consultant for both private industry and the United States Government.

Dan Emmett

Dan Emmett

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