This rather superficial history by its official historian and a former assistant chief, traces the Secret Service from its inception in 1865 down to the present day. Colorful William P. Wood, the first chief, blazed this long trail with most unorthodox warfare against counterfeiters. Following him the interests of the Service burgeoned into such areas as an attempted ""kidnapping"" of Lincoln's body, thwarting the Mafia in New York, breaking up inhuman southern prison camps, World War I espionage, guarding presidents, and exposing the scandalous Teapot Dome affair of the Harding Administration which jailed a cabinet member. Because the authors cover so much ground, none of this is particularly exciting, but all told with care for detail. A good government service history.