The President’s Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America’s Presidents from Kennedy to Obama
David Priess. New York: Perseus Books, 2016. 369 pp. Index. Notes. Illus. $29.99.
Reviewed by Captain Mike Studeman, U.S. Navy
One of the most frequent inquiries at the Library of Congress is the location of the President’s book of secrets, a fictional document popularized in the 2007 film National Treasure. Soon that book will be available. Instead of uncovering hidden facts about the JFK assassination, Area 51, and Watergate, however, David Priess’ nonfiction work reveals the ground truth regarding how intelligence has supported presidents and their closest advisers since World War II.