March 7, 2014

Reviewing "In the Secret Service"

"In the Secret Service" by Jerry Parr, is an incredibly fascinating book  filled with interesting and eye opening stories from his life's journey in the Secret Service.  I kept asking myself "are we allowed to know all of this stuff?" Parr shares so much with the reader, I felt lucky to be privy to such rich historical details. He is a captivating story teller and has had so many unique and amazing experiences throughout his life, I think it's a viable idea that someone should make a movie about him. I would be there opening night. :)
Here is a short summary of the book from the publisher:
"Meet Jerry Parr. In 1981, he was the agent standing next to Ronald Reagan when John Hinckley, Jr., stepped out of the crowd, intent on killing the president. In the Secret Service is an adrenaline-filled ride through the life of the agent who saved Ronald Reagan’s life. Jerry spent much of his life as a silent eyewitness to history, with a gun at his fingertips. What motivates a man who is ready at a moment’s notice to step into the path of a bullet? In In the Secret Service, you’ll also follow Jerry’s inner journey. That journey led him from the halls of the powerful to the streets of the poor in Washington, D.C., to the mountain passes of war-torn El Salvador to help orphans.
You won’t want to miss this insider’s perspective on the Secret Service and a look into the heart of a man who was—and is—ready to sacrifice himself for another. At times heart-pounding, at times heartrending, this richly textured memoir of a Secret Service Agent will first move you to the edge of your seat, then to the depths of your soul."
I would recommend this book to literally everyone. Even if you aren't an autobiography reader, or aren't into politics, read this book.  It is extremely riveting and you may be surprised at all that goes on behind the scenes in the job of protecting government officials and foreign dignitaries. I would also highly recommend this book to students as a supplement to learning about major events in US history.  Go get it. 

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.