Hunting the Presidents: Threats, Plots and Assassination Attempts-From FDR to Obama
Hunting the Presidents: Threats, Plots and Assassination Attempts-From FDR to Obama  -     By: Mel Ayton
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Hunting the Presidents: Threats, Plots and Assassination Attempts-From FDR to Obama

Regnery Publishing / 2014 / Hardcover

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Regnery Publishing
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1621572072
ISBN-13: 9781621572077

Publisher's Description

In American history, four U.S. Presidents have been murdered at the hands of an assassin. In each case the assassinations changed the course of American history.

But most historians have overlooked or downplayed the many threats modern presidents have faced, and survived. Author Mel Ayton sets the record straight in his new book Hunting the President: Threats, Plots and Assassination Attempts—From FDR to Obama, telling the sensational story of largely forgotten—or never-before revealed—malicious attempts to slay America’s leaders.

Supported by court records, newspaper archives, government reports, FBI files, and transcripts of interviews from presidential libraries, Hunting the President reveals:

  • How an armed, would-be assassin stalked President Roosevelt and spent ten days waiting across the street from the White House for his chance to shoot him
  • How the Secret Service foiled a plot by a Cuban immigrant who told coworkers he was going to shoot LBJ from a window overlooking the president’s motorcade route
  • How a deranged man broke into Reagan’s California home and attempted to strangle the former president before he was subdued by Secret Service agents.
  • In early 1992 a mentally deranged man stalking Bush turned up at the wrong presidential venue for his planned assassination attempt
  • The relationships presidents held with their protectors and the effect it had on the Secret Service’s mission

Hunting the President opens the vault of stories about how many of our recent Presidents have come within a hair’s breadth of assassination, leaving America’s fate in the balance. Most of these stories have remained buried—until now. Includes glossy photo signature of historic pictures and documents

Author Bio

Mel Ayton received his master's degree in history from Durham University, is a former Fulbright Teacher, deputy headmaster, and college lecturer, and lives in County Durham, England. He is also the author of The Forgotten Terrorist: Sirhan Sirhan, and the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy and, in a review for the Guardian newspaper, he was described as "…one of the few analysts who has fully grasped (the RFK assassination's) Middle East connection.” Ayton has appeared in documentaries produced by the National Geographic Channel ("CIA Secret Experiments", 2008) and the Discovery Channel ("CIA— Mind Control" 2006, "Conspiracy Test: The Robert Kennedy Assassination" 2008).

Editorial Reviews

"I picked up this book, boy, it's fascinating!" - Eric Bolling, Hannity

"Readers who pick up Hunting the President will take away much they didn't know before about many who've stalked presidents with murder in mind." - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Editorial Writer Alan Wallace

"I love the's a great read." - Peter Boyles, The Peter Boyles Show

"The stories behind (attempts on the president's lives) are really interesting. [Hunting The President] is a really fascinating book." - Janet Mefferd, The Janet Mefferd Show.

"(Mel Ayton) has done a lot of research. It's a fascinating book...a terrific story." - Rob Schilling, The Schilling Show

“The only book of its kind and certainly the best book of its kind...A fascinating and very important book which I heartily recommend... it’s easy to figure out why Mel Ayton’s writing has drawn nearly universal praise in the past and for his present volume Hunting The President... Even for people who know American history; even for people who have a special expertise in the history of presidential assassinations; you’re going to learn a great deal from (this) new book.” - Michael Medved, The Michael Medved Show

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