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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

In The Secret Service Book Review




In the Secret Service

Jerry and Carolynn Parr




The book In the Secret Service with Jerry Parr is an informative book in two parts.  In the first part of the book, Parr tells about how he got to the Secret Service.  He tells us about his life growing up and his time in the Air Force.

In the first part, Parr treats his readers to some inside views of the different presidents, vice presidents, and others he helped protect.  He also gives us a pretty good idea of what life is like as a secret service agent.






Parr tells his readers about the differences in how protectees interacted with their agents and their families.  We learn who tried to make holidays and special occasions away from home and family a little more bearable and which protectees seemed to be oblivious to the situation.



Parr tells us about his interactions with protectees such as Yasir Arafat and Anwar El Sadat

We are given some insight into what it was like to protect Jimmy Carterwho did not want to disappoint the people who wanted to see him and would often put himself in harm’s way.

Parr also describes in detail the day Ronald Reagan was shot.  He tells of previous encounters with the would-be assassin, John Hinckley, Jr.   He gives readers details about what happened inside the limo and what decisions were made and why.

We hear that Parr’s wife Carolyn was working across the street from where the assassination attempt took place.  Readers learn what she went through as she and her coworkers tried to ascertain what happened to her husband Jerry.

Nowhere in this book does it appear to this poor redneck that Parr is trying to toot his own horn or embellish.  If anything, he seems to downplay his role in the entire incident.

The second part of the book gives us insight into Parr’s life after the Secret Service.  It tells of his ministry and his walk with God.  Don’t get me wrong, the adventure is not over when he retires from the service. 

In fact, Parr has an adventure that is on the action adventure level of the Secret Service without the backup of SWAT teams, police, and dozens of other agents.

Parr tells us how a tiny woman takes on a heavily armed detachment of armed men in a third world country, and wins.

This book is worlds different from Standing Next to History
by Joseph Petro.  Petro gives his readers a fascinating account of his life in the secret service.  





Petro took over the Presidential Protection Detail (PPD) sometime after Jerry Parr left it.


The two books, In the Secret Service and Standing Next to History, complement one another without much duplication of information.  


One of these books was written by the father of a little girl whose “Daddy works at the airport.” Find out which one.

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