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Between the Lines Secret Service Stories Told Fifty Years After   By: (-1916)

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Between the Lines Secret Service Stories Told Fifty Years After by Henry Bascom Smith is a riveting collection of personal accounts from a former Secret Service agent. Smith takes readers on an exhilarating journey through his more than two-decade-long career, providing a unique perspective on the intricacies and challenges of protecting the President and other dignitaries.

What sets this book apart from other memoirs in the genre is the time lapse. Smith's recollections are brought to life as he reflects on events that unfolded fifty years prior, giving readers an entirely different and intriguing lens into the world of Secret Service. Smith's writing style is gripping and immersive, effortlessly transporting readers back in time alongside him.

One of the notable strengths of this book is Smith's ability to strike a balance between personal anecdotes and highlighting the political and historical significance of the events he witnessed. From his protection duties during the Cuban Missile Crisis to intimate insights into the lives of Presidents and their families, Smith provides a behind-the-scenes narrative that is both illuminating and captivating.

It is also worth mentioning that Smith's writing is refreshingly honest. He does not shy away from acknowledging the imperfections and shortcomings within the Secret Service, shedding light on the internal struggles and conflicts he experienced during his tenure. His candidness adds depth and authenticity to the stories that unfold throughout the book.

Moreover, Smith's attention to detail is commendable. His descriptions of the various security measures and protocols employed by the Secret Service provide a fascinating glimpse into the complexity of their work. From the intricacies of motorcade arrangements to the tireless efforts of agents to avoid potential threats, these details offer a comprehensive understanding of the responsibilities and risks inherent in the profession.

While the narrative is largely focused on Smith's own experiences, he also pays tribute to his fellow agents. Through his vivid storytelling, the camaraderie and sense of duty among the men and women who protect the nation's leaders become palpable. This collective dedication to their mission shines through, serving as a reminder of the selfless individuals who tirelessly safeguard the highest offices in the land.

However, one minor drawback of the book is its occasional lack of chronological order. The narrative occasionally jumps between different periods in Smith's career, which may confuse readers trying to build a coherent timeline. Nevertheless, this is a minor issue in an otherwise engaging and captivating read.

Between the Lines Secret Service Stories Told Fifty Years After by Henry Bascom Smith is an enthralling memoir that offers a fresh and compelling perspective on the world of Secret Service. Smith's unique vantage point, combined with his honest and detailed narrative, makes this book a must-read for anyone interested in the inner workings of one of the nation's most elite organizations.

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BETWEEN THE LINES

Secret Service Stories Told Fifty Years After

by

BVT. MAJOR H. B. SMITH

Chief of Detectives and Assistant Provost Marshal General with Major General Lew Wallace Civil War

[Illustration: H. B. SMITH.]

Booz Brothers 114 West Fifty Third Street New York

Copyright, 1911, by Henry Bascom Smith

Press of J. J. Little & Ives Co. New York

DEDICATED TO SAMUEL GRAHAM BOOZ

TO WHOSE PERSISTENCY IN THUMPING OUT ON HIS TYPEWRITER THE WORDS HEREIN HAS RENDERED IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO INFLICT MY FIFTY YEAR OLD STORIES ON MY FRIENDS

CONTENTS PAGE

APOLOGY 17

FILE I

The Harry Gilmor Sword General Wallace's Comments 21

FILE II

1861 1862 New York Harbor Fort Schuyler Fort Marshal Aunt Mag 25

FILE III

1862 1863 Fort McHenry General Morris Colonel Peter A. Porter Harper's Ferry Halltown Trip to Johnson's Island Lieutenant General Pemberton and other Confederate Officers Ohio Copperheads Incident of York, Pa... Continue reading book >>




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