Thursday, May 12, 2011

Let's Talk About Books


This book made for a very interesting discussion at our Contemporary Women's Book Club yesterday. 
A respected journalist and former Washington Post reporter, Ronald Kessler conducted more than one hundred exclusive interviews with current and former Secret Service agents as his research for this book.
He had the endorsement of the Secret Service to write the book and most of the agents gave their name when offering their information to Kessler.

The details of procedures and strategies used by these federal agents to protect
the president, family members and other national leaders are fascinating. 
The reader learns that sometimes the job gets done and other times it does not. 


But what is more fascinating is the "amusing, saucy, often disturbing anecdotes"
 about the personalities and characters of these leaders and
what they are really like when the camera is turned off.

We are agreed that it was a good and easy read and would recommend it to our friends.
Pick it up--I think you will enjoy it!

Kessler has a new book coming out August 2, The Secrets of the FBI, which will have information about the raid on Osama Bin Laden amongst other subjects.

Following are the books we will be reading from June 2011--June 2012:
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
  • Sarah's Key by Titiana de Rosnay
  • 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement by Jane Ziegelman
  • The Assault by Harry Mulisch  
  • Aging with Grace: What the Nun Study Teaches Us About Leading Longer, Healthier, and More Meaningful Lives by David Snowdon
  • The Big Thirst: The Secret and Turbulent Future of Water by Charles Fishman
  • Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the Northe Platte Canteen by Bob Greene
  • Finding My Voice by Diane Rehm
  • Queen of the Night by J .A. Jance
  • The Greatest Knight: The Unsung Story of the Queen's Champion by Elizabeth Chadwick
  • The Sea Captain's Wife by Beth Powning
  • The Faithful Spy by Alex Berenson
  • Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel ( Three Pines Mysteries) by Louise Penny

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