My next book is a positive book on the Secret Service (for the most part)

My next book THE NOT SO SECRET SERVICE: AGENCY TALES FROM FDR TO THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION TO THE REAGAN ERA is a mostly positive look at the greatest agency in the world, the U.S. Secret Service. From 1865 to the present, thousands of men and women have served their country well- this is reflected in chapters on FDR, Truman, Ike, and Reagan. I also take a look at my top 5 (favorite) agents of all time- although subjective, I don’t think anyone would argue with two of the 5 (Jerry Parr and Robert DeProspero).

While there are critical assessments contained in chapters related to JFK, LBJ and Nixon, there are also positive comments throughout. I believe anyone who reads the book will come away with two thoughts: Vince sure is a fan of the Secret Service and he sure is a critic of their performance on 11/22/63. That said, I am also praiseworthy toward many of the Kennedy detail, as there are a fair amount of those agents who were not involved in the nuts and bolts of that tragic day.

When one considers how long the agency has been around (since 1865-151 years, spanning part or all of three different centuries), how many thousands of men and women have served their country admirably, and how many presidents, dignitaries, and family members have been (and continue to be) successfully protected, there is indeed much to admire. Even the one tragic day in their history enabled by a few does not diminish that legacy.

Vince Palamara


About vincepalamara

Vincent Palamara was born in Pittsburgh and graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in Sociology. Although not even born when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Vince brings fresh eyes to an old case. In fact, Vince would go on to study the largely overlooked actions - and inactions - of the United States Secret Service in unprecedented detail, as well as achieving a world's record in the process, having interviewed and corresponded with over 80 former agents (the House Select Committee on Assassinations had the old record of 46 with a 6 million dollar budget and subpoena power from Congress), not to mention many surviving family members, White House aides, and even quite a few Parkland and Bethesda medical witnesses for a corresponding project. The result was Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service & The Failure To Protect President Kennedy. Vince is also the author of the books JFK: From Parkland To Bethesda, The Not-So-Secret Service, Who's Who in the Secret Service, and Honest Answers about the Murder of President John F. Kennedy: A New Look at the JFK Assassination. All told, Vince has been favorably mentioned in over 140 JFK and Secret Service related books to date (including two whole chapters in Murder in Dealey Plaza, The Secret Service: The Hidden History Of An Enigmatic Agency by Philip Melanson, and the Final Report of the Assassination Records Review Board, among many others), often at length, in the bibliographies, and in the Secret Service - and even medical evidence - areas of these works. Vince has appeared on the History Channel's THE MEN WHO KILLED KENNEDY (VHS and DVD), C-SPAN, Newsmax TV, A COUP IN CAMELOT (DVD/BLU RAY), KING KILL '63, THE MAN BEHIND THE SUIT (DVD), National Geographic's JFK: THE FINAL HOURS (including on DVD), PCN, BPTV, local cable access television, YouTube, radio, newspapers, print journals, at national conferences, and all over the internet. Also, Vince's original research materials, or copies of said materials, are stored in the National Archives (by request under Deed Of Gift by the ARRB), the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Harvard University, the Assassination Archives and Research Center, and the Dallas Public Library. Vince Palamara has become known (as he was dubbed by the History Channel in 2003) "the Secret Service expert." As former JFK Secret Service agent Joe Paolella proclaimed: "You seem to know a lot about the Secret Service, maybe even more than I do!" Agent Dan Emmett calls Vince a Secret Service expert in his new book.
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