George Rush and Joanna Molloy lay bare their tabloid romance with mobsters, moguls, fixers, hookers, stalkers, blackmailers…and each other. “Scandal: A Manual” is a guide to ruining and repairing reputations. It’s also an eyewitness account of the evolution of celebrity coverage -- from the twilight of Winchell to the dawn of Snapchat.
For over a decade, Secret Service agent Marty Venker protected four presidents and assorted candidates and dignitaries. His privileged view left him with many funny -- sometimes bizarre -- memories. But Venker, a liberal skeptic in a law-and-order outfit, developed doubts about dying for the likes of Imelda Marcos. His nighttime double-life led to his burn-out, and to his eventual resurrection as a nightclub DJ.