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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Dan Emmett

Narrated By: Kevin Foley

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: August 2014

Duration: 10 hours 5 minutes


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 becoming a U.S. 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). Using stories from some of the author's more high-profile assignments in his twenty-one years of service, 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; and the seldom-mentioned challenges of the complex Secret Service cultural issues faced by an agent's family.


  • William C.

    Very interesting and has some strong historical elements.