- Tapa blanda: 452 páginas
- Editor: Calvert Press (4 de abril de 2013)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0988850206
- ISBN-13: 978-0988850200
Breaking Tecumseh's Curse: The Real-life Adventures of the U.S. Secret Service Agent Who Tried to Change Tomorrow (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 4 abr 2013
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What has mystery, romance, humor, action, intrigue, adventure and over 999,000 characters? The answer is Breaking Tecumseh's Curse, the inspirational, informative and exciting memoir written by Jan Marie and Bob Ritter. It relates the couple's early years together when Bob was a special agent with the United States Secret Service in Washington, D.C. "It's the first Secret Service book told from a spouse's perspective," says author Jan Marie Ritter. Rich in emotion, Breaking Tecumseh's Curse is the heartfelt love story of a young couple's journey through some extraordinary times. From 1840 to 1960, every United States president elected or reelected in a year ending in zero died in office. Of those seven presidents, four were assassinated. Breaking Tecumseh's Curse unfolds the real-life adventures of the U.S. Secret Service agent who tried to change tomorrow. Through enhanced protective methods and procedures, Secret Service Agent Bob Ritter hoped to prevent a similar fate for the president elected in 1980, Ronald Reagan. Some never before published information regarding the Reagan assassination attempt is revealed. There's also an exciting, historical look at assassination and the Secret Service including a provocative profile of accused JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. Breaking Tecumseh's Curse spotlights a dangerous period for the Secret Service-from 1972-1982. During that time, five assassination attempts took place against persons protected by the USSS, more than any other era. The book presents the historic events of the time and a rare insider's look at the Secret Service. The little-known field of protective intelligence is featured. With hope for preventing future tragedies, some successful strategies for predicting dangerousness in individuals are also explored. Bob's mantra of "desperate people are dangerous people" and assessment techniques developed by him jump off the page at a time when violence, terrorism, and mass murders are all too often in the news. "We can change our tomorrows," declare the Ritters. Join Bob Ritter and his fellow agents for fun, adventure, and some sorrow too as they try to break Tecumseh's Curse.
Biografía del autor
Jan and Bob Ritter live on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay in Southern Maryland. Both are graduates of the University of Maryland and longtime residents of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Jan is retired from the teaching profession where she specialized in early childhood education and Reading Recovery. When not walking the boardwalk for exercise, she enjoys shopping, antiquing, reading, and working crossword puzzles. Bob is a retired federal criminal investigator (GS-1811) with a wealth of law enforcement and protective experience. A born collector, Bob loves history and the music of the 1940s-60s. He takes pleasure in watching the wildlife and ships that pass by the couple's bay-front condominium. Bob is a member of the Association of Former Agents U.S. Secret Service (AFAUSSS), the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). Jan and Bob relish spending time with family and friends, especially the couple's five granddaughters. With over 40 years of marriage, Jan and Bob deeply love one another and cherish each day together. Breaking Tecumseh's Curse is the story of their early years together.
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I WAS IMPRESSED WITH THE BOOK TO THE POINT I FOUND IT DIFFICULT TO PUT DOWN. I ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW WHERE THE NEXT CHAPTER TOOK ME. IN CONCLUSION, EXCELLENT READING.
From Jan's unique perspective, her story relates the challenges of keeping her marriage and family life strong with the pressures of Bob's responsibilities as a Park Police officer, criminal investigator and Secret Service agent through the tumultuous period of 1972-1982.
As a meticulously researched historical account, the book provides interesting details and insights about the legend of Tecumseh's Curse. Bob's dedication to the Secret Service's mission of protective services and the anticipated continuation of the curse through Ronald Reagan's presidency add another layer to the story. As a cautionary tale, Bob's innovative proposals for protecting the president are not implemented and we are left with unanswered questions of what precautions might have prevented the attempt on President Reagan's life.
In contrast to recent disturbing events involving the Secret Service, this book stands as a tribute to the many dedicated agents and their families.