Books: Presidential Detail

REILLY OF THE WHITE HOUSE (248 pp.) —As told to William J. Slocum by Michael F. Reilly— Simon and Schuster ($3).

On the morning of Pearl Harbor, Henry "The Morgue") Morgenthau Jr., Secretary of the Treasury and nominal head of the Secret Service, rushed to the White House like a county sheriff in pursuit of chicken thieves. "Peering through the White House windows in search of enemy aircraft," he was all for ordering machine guns issued to the Secret Service staff, including the office girls.

In the excitement, young (33) Mike Reilly...

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