NYPD: The Inside Story of New York's Legendary Police Department by James Lardner, Thomas A. Reppetto
An insider takes us behind the blue wall of America's biggest, baddest police force
Founded in 1845, the NYPD is the biggest municipal police force in the world, the oldest in the land, and the model on which the others-for better or worse-have patterned themselves. The authors-two seasoned experts of police operations-unearth the hidden truths behind the headline-making stories and explain how cops privately interpret incidents such as the shooting of Amadou Diallo and the Louima torture case. Episodes long forgotten-the campaign against German saboteurs in WWI, or the career of Joe Petrosino, the first Italian American in the ranks, who was gunned down in the streets of Palermo, Sicily-reveal an organization constantly fraught with turmoil, where an outward display of law and order belies the inner conflicts between politicos, bureaucrats, and the men and women on the beat.
Beyond the inner life of a remarkable institution are the characters and stories, including baffling mysteries, horrific crimes, inspiring heroics, and dreadful scandals. NYPD illuminates the old maxim of the vet to the rookie on his first night on patrol: "Forget everything you learned in the academy, kid."Timely and sure to be controversial, NYPD will be essential reading for anyone interested in law enforcement in America.
Thomas Reppetto is a former Chicago Commander of Detectives and has been the President of New York City's Citizens Crime Commission for twenty years. James Lardner, a writer for The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly, has written cover pieces for The New York Times Magazine (including one on the NYPD). He is the author of Fast Forward: Hollywood, the Japanese and the VCR Wars and Crusader: The Hell-Raising Police Career of Detective David Durk.
NYPD: The Inside Story of New York's Legendary Police Department 4 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
Lardner and Reppetto have come out with a perceptive and ingeinious look at the history of the NYPD. Not only is it a book that is easy to get through, but it is a book that give an unbiased and well analized look at this history.
More than 1 year ago
As a 29 year police veteran and a collector of historical police memorabilia I found this book interesting and educational. I found it to be an easy read that provided a colorful and realistic look at not just the history of the NYPD, but of American policing in general. Possibly, because of my background and interests in police memorabilia my opinion is somewhat biased, but I thoroughly enjoyed the book.