As a boy, Jerry Parr watched a movie staring Ronald Reagan about the secret service. Years later, Parr was a member of the Secret Service protecting President Reagan. While that seems to be the selling point of the book, it is really only a small portion of the story of Jerry and his life in the Secret Service. I thought this book was incredibly interesting and the Secret Service always seems so mysterious to me so it was nice to read about them from an insiders perspective to see just what goes on when you are protecting the president.
This book is just under 200 pages and is an easy read but incredibly interesting and insightful. You don’t have to be in to History or Politics (I’m not big into either) to enjoy this book.
I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.
About the Book
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.