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Kessler turns his sights on the FBI

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Ronald Kessler, whose book on the Secret Service shot onto the best seller list last year in a cloud of controversy, is turning his attention to the FBI for his next project. Kessler has signed a deal with Crown in what Publishers Lunch, an online publishing report, called a significant deal, meaning in the range of $250,000 to $500,000. His agent, Scott Miller of Trident Media Group, said in an email, “The book is a behind-the-scenes look at the FBI and it is planned for summer 2011.” No further details were available.

Kessler’s “In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect” caused a ruckus at the agency because normally tight-lipped current and former agents dished – more than 100 of them. In the Post's review, James Bamford said: “Rather than use that wealth of information to write a serious book examining the inner workings of the long-veiled agency or the new challenges of protecting the first black president, the author simply milked the agents for the juiciest gossip he could get and mixed it with a rambling list of their complaints.” The agents tattled on John F. Kennedy for his escapades, and on Lyndon Johnson for his “stable” of women and his drunkness at his ranch, and on Jimmy Carter for his unpublicized napping.

So what can we expect from Kessler on the FBI? No doubt the treasure trove there is just as rich.

By Steven E. Levingston  |  March 2, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Whip It Up  | Tags: ronald kessler on the FBI  
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