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61. Police Officer Exam California (Learning Express Law Enforcement Series. California)
by Learning Express
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Asin: 1576850021
Catlog: Book (1996-01-01)
Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
Sales Rank: 302588
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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This comprehensive test-prep guide features practice exams based on the California POST exam with detailed instructions on the skills tested. It also gives specific and comprehensive information on becoming a police officer in California, including requirements and qualifications, how and where to apply, whom to call, and a list of salaries and benefits. Its the only customized guide to becoming a police officer in California, and its the only book endorsed by the California Peace Officers' Association. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars More sailent to Law enforcement in California.
I ordered this book along with, "Police Officer, 14th Edition
by Hugh E. O'Neil," for my brother as he intended to enter into the academy here in California. He did pass his test (after a couple tries) so I am giving this 4 stars. It is the better of the two I ordered, and had more specific information tailored to the specifications of the california law enforcement exam.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get this book
Loaded with solid info that relates to exactly what you need to pass this difficult test. Get a jump on the competition and get this book.

Loren W. Christensen, author of Deadly Force Encounters : What C0PS Need to Know to Mentally and Physically Prepare for and Survive a Gunfight

5-0 out of 5 stars This book helped me get the job I have today!
This was my first civil service exam, and I wanted to be prepared. I looked at more than six different books, and decided on this one. On test day, when I opened the test booklet...I knew I picked the right study guide. The test I took was EXACTLY the same format, just different words and situations. The practice tests and other study aids provided within this book made the exam a breeze. I scored the second highest in the group, and I was offered a job with every law enforcement agency I applied for. I'm almost done with the police academy, and I'm working for the agency I really wanted to work for.
It's a great feeling to be prepared, and I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in testing for law enforcement agencies in California. GOOD LUCK!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars CPOA Approved
The CPOA (California Peace Officer's Association) has finally given their approval to one of the peace officer preparation books. Although there are many books, this is the first book to be written with California's Civil Service testing process in mind. Other states have different methods for application, but this book zeros in on the information needed for California. I recommend this book to any applicant for a California Peace Officer position. ... Read more


62. Are Prisons Obsolete?
by Angela Davis
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Publisher: Open Media Series
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Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Amid rising public concern about the proliferation and privitization of prisons, and their promise of enormous profits, world-renowned author and activist Angela Y. Davis argues for the abolition of the prison system as the dominant way of responding to America_s social ills._In thinking about the possible obsolescence of the prison,_ Davis writes, _we should ask how it is that so many people could end up in prison without major debates regarding the efficacy of incarceration._ Whereas Reagan-era politicians with _tough on crime_ stances argued that imprisonment and longer sentences would keep communities free of crime, history has shown that the practice of mass incarceration during that period has had little or no effect on official crime rates: in fact, larger prison populations led not to safer communities but to even larger prison populations.As we make our way into the twenty-first century_two hundred years after the invention of the penitentiary _the question of prison abolition has acquired an unprecedented urgency. Backed by growing numbers of prisons and prisoners, Davis analyzes these institutions in the U.S., arguing that the very future of democracy depends on our ability to develop radical theories and practices that make it possible to plan and fight for a world beyond the prison industrial complex. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Economics and Racism combine to create our broken prisons
Following the over throw of reconstruction, the re-empowered white ruling class in the South needed a large pool of cheap labor. The Thirteenth Amendment, which outlawed slavery, contained one glaring exception--slavery was still completely legal for those who had been convicted of a crime. Suddenly, new legislation was enacted which criminalized a wide variety of behaviors not previously considered criminal--having no job, vagrancy, no visible means of support, etc.

Once these "Black Codes" were in place, prisons in the South were rapidly filled with Blacks. Prior to the Civil War, prisoners in the South were overwhelmingly White. After Reconstruction, they were overwhelmingly Black.

These new prisoners were "leased" to White plantation owners, at a flat fee. With no capital invested in these new slaves, many were simply worked to death. The economic incentive to ensure that the prisons were full was inescapable.

In this short, but powerful, book, Angela Davis makes the case that this pattern of incarcerating Blacks, set during the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, carries through to the present. Today the economics of incarceration are more subtle. Money is not primarily made through the labor of prisoners (although that still happens). Today, the real money is made by the underwriters who sell the bonds to finance prison construction, the myriad of industries which supply the country's 2 million prisoners with everything from soap to light bulbs, and by rural America, where the last three decades of de-industrialization has left prison as one of the very few decent paying union jobs available to formerly blue collar workers.

Ms. Davis draws on a plethora of academic studies (several dozen of which are cited in footnotes, which provide anyone interested with a comprehensive study guide for understanding the historical antecedents and current realities of America's love affair with the prison.

Her bottom line--abandon the whole flawed system. The last chapter, which attempts to answer the immediate question posed to anyone who dares raise this option, is the book's weakest. Too much rhetoric; not enough solid proposals. Nonetheless, the historical breadth, backed by detailed facts, of Ms. Davis' book make it well worth reading.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wrap your arms around a failed system
A superb primer on the most pressing crisis most Americans know little about.
Concise, eloquent, and chock-full of insightful info, "Are Prison's Obsolete" is a book that every concerned citizen should read.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Urgent Appeal for Alternatives to Incarceration.
It is almost too much for the human mind to fully comprehend that there are more than 2 million people--a group larger than the population of many countries-- presently behind bars in America. While serving as an elected official, I was given an extensive "tour" of one of the local prisons. I tried not to show the horror -and sorrow- I felt at the sight of so many human beings locked away in high tech cages, for fear my "tour" would be cut short.

This thoroughly researched book by Angela Davis articulates everything I instinctively felt when I got a first hand glimpse of prison life. With the patience and restraint of a Saint, Angela Davis challenges thinking people to face the human rights catastrophe in our jails and prisons.

It is the authors hope that this book will encourage readers to question their own assumptions about prison. It is my hope that this book will be widely read by everyone involved in the field of education and politics. It should be on the recommended reading list of all high schools, colleges and universities.

Suza Francina, former Mayor, Ojai, California, and author, The New Yoga for People Over 50. ... Read more


63. First Unit Responder: A Guide to Physical Evidence Collection for Patrol Officers
by Mark R. Hawthorne
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Asin: 0849300231
Catlog: Book (1998-11-12)
Publisher: CRC Press
Sales Rank: 637691
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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"Physical evidence cannot be wrong; it cannot perjure itself; it cannot be wholly absent. Only its interpretation can err. Only human failure to find it, study and understand it, can diminish its value."-Presiding Judge, Harris v U.S., 331 U.S. 145 (1947) HOW TO MAINTAIN THE INTEGRITY OF THE CRIME SCENE WHILE CONDUCTING AN INVESTIGATION First Unit Responder: A Guide to Physical Evidence Collection for Patrol Officers is a training guide and reference for patrol officers and criminal investigators, who conduct preliminary investigations of crime scenes, to aid in identification, collection, and booking of physical evidence. Written by a veteran of 24 years of law enforcement, the book stresses the importance of understanding the critical nature of physical evidence and preservation of the crime scene as part of the case against a criminal defendant. This book is an important tool for police academies that train recruits and veteran patrol officers, as well as for students of criminal justice who seek guidelines for proper collection and handling of physical evidence. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars "Excellent start for novice or those interested in CSI"
Mark R. Hawthorne's "First Unit Responder," CRC Press 1999, ISBN 0-9493-002-1, is a 6 chapter 98-page guide book for uniformed officers working in the field who frequently are the first to arrive for a potential crime scene investigation(CSI).
Hawthorne gives us an easy-to-read introduction to basic CSI response that includes definition of various physical evidence characteristics (individual versus class), implementation of CSI response protocol (ARISN), identification & documentation of evidence, evidence collection (do's & don'ts), fingerprint/glove appreciation, case review with ADA and testimony tips for the non-specialist officer & a 12-page illustrated appendix showing evidentiary items. Each chapter didactic is followed with a (dozen or so) basic question & answer section with explanations.
The author's impressive credentials in both field and teaching experiences helped condense important basic CSI issues into a short and easily-read synopsis that includes 20 good bibliographic entries and a thorough 6-page index. A few trivial grammatical flaws are readily discharged, but difficult to justify given computers with spell-checkers, etc.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rookies or veterans, Cops to firefighters to EMT's
As a law enforcement instructor at a police training facility, I found this book to be fantastic for the new recruits we train. As a retired police officer/Crime Scene Analyst, I also realized it would be great for some veteren officers and non-law enforcement personnel to review. Mark Hawthorne has kept the technical information on an easily understandable level. He has covered, in 90 pages, what would take hours of personal instruction. I found the test questions and answers extremely helpful in preparing reviews. This book can be picked up by the patrol officer, and if READ, could furnish much of the information to properly document most any crime scene. I would recommend this book to any basic law enforcement instructor or new police officer. ... Read more


64. Rape Investigation Handbook
by Brent E. Turvey, John O. Savino
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Catlog: Book (2004-12-17)
Publisher: Academic Press
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This work addresses specific investigative and forensic processes related to sex crimes for those who work in law enforcement, the defense community, or in the private sector. It is an unprecedented collaborative work -- the first working manual for sex crime investigators, written by sex crime investigators and forensic scientists.

The key feature of this work is a thorough overview of the investigative and forensic processes related to sex crime investigation. It takes the reader through investigative and forensic processes in a logical sequence, showing how investigations of rape and sexual assault can and should be conducted from start to finish. It is intended to set the investigative and forensic standard for sex crimes investigation.

It is designed to be accessible, in terms of language, not only to a detective or investigator who does hands on casework, but to the student in the classroom learning about the subject for the first time.

This work is an excellent training manual for sex crime investigators around the world. It is also an excellent textbook for any hands on university course on the subject of sex crime investigation.This work is an excellent supplement for any investigative course involving violent crime or death investigation.

- The only comprehensive reference available on the investigation of sexual assault and rape (10 times more prevalent than murder instances).
- The text includes extensive illustrations of perpetrators, victims and other rape case evidence for identification of incidents of rape.
- The writing is clear and practical, ideal for professionals in forensic nursing, law enforcement and the investigative community
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65. Arco Law Enforcement Exams ( Academic Test Preparation Series)
by Eve P. Steinberg, E. P. Steinberg
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Asin: 0764560999
Catlog: Book (2000-08-01)
Publisher: ARCO
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Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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This updated guide has descriptions of the most popular federal, state, county, and municipal law enforcement jobs, including salary ranges and typical job responsibilities.Eligibility requirements and application procedures are thoroughly explained to help guide candidates through the hiring maze, and they can practice for the test with all the most common test questions. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Okay, if you can get past the typos!
This is probably the best book for the TEA exam. However, the book is plagued with many many many typos. The editor must have edited it in the dark... Some typos render the questions completely unreadable. This book is worth buying for the difficulty level. However, if a question seems like nonsense, a typo is likely to blame. If it weren't for the difficulty of the questions, this book wouldn't be worthy of kindling. ... Read more


66. I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know
by Ellen Kirschman
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Asin: 1572301937
Catlog: Book (1997-03-07)
Publisher: The Guilford Press
Sales Rank: 25849
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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Will police work change the person you love? Are police marriages destined to fail? What are the chances of your loved one being killed in the line of duty? Separating fact from myth, Dr. Ellen Kirschman answers these and other critical questions in the first comprehensive self-help book created specifically for today's police families. In information-filled chapters, readers will go behind the scenes with other police families as they discuss the benefits and pitfalls of police work; learn how to manage the effects of organizational stress and the pressures of unpredictable schedules, long hours and loneliness; gain awareness of the emotional, physical, and behavioral warning signs which can lead to such extreme situations as posttraumatic stress, alcoholism, suicide and domestic violence; find out where families can go for help and counseling; and get an inside look at cop couples and the special challenges facing women, minorities, and gays and lesbians on the force.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for All Cop Families
This book was recommended to me by a fellow cop wife. I finally read it, and was so relieved. Many of the things that I have been dealing with over the last 6 years, she addressed in the book. I came to realize that I'm not coping with issues that are unique. The life of a cop wife and family is not easy, but we are not alone. I truly believe that this should be mandatory reading for all families of police officers, new and old.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended for every law enforcement family!!
As an organization for law enforcement families, Support And Family Enhancement, Inc., recommends this book at every presentation we give. It is insightful, and very helpful on helping families cope with the stresses of the job. Written in an easy to read format, with practical tips given, it is a MUST HAVE for every police family.

5-0 out of 5 stars An indispensable tool for understanding the cop mind
Even if you're not married to, or otherwise involved with, a police officer, this book can help you to understand a great deal of the police culture, mindset, and worldview. Its descriptions of the character of the typical police officer and of how that officer evolves over the usual 20-year career are particularly valuable. And it offers insights into the home life of cops and how they cope. Both failed and successful relationships are covered, and in the end the tone is upbeat and optimistic.

Also read "Cop World," by James McClure; "Homicide," by David Simon; "Cops," by Mark Baker; and Connie Fletcher's "Pure Cop," "What Cops Know," and "Breaking and Entering: Women Cops Talk About Life in the Ultimate Men's Club."

5-0 out of 5 stars A good read for those who know (and love) a cop
I bought this book years ago, after my boyfriend made it clear he intended to become a Police Officer. About 5 years later, we are still together, and he is about to enter the Police Academy. Reading this book early on allowed me to better understand what he was going to be going through, and what our relationship would likely endure as well.

His parents were less than enthusiastic about his decision, but a lot of that comes from fear. This book helped me toss aside my own fear, and deal with just the facts. Thanks in part to this book, I have been able to help him defend his decision, and at the very least help his mother come to terms more with his choice (his dad is still a work in progress).

Of course this book won't be able to cover every potential problem or situation. But, there are lessons to be learned, even by reading between the lines, that will help you have a better, stronger relationship with your loved one who is a cop.

As for Dr. Kirschman, she works in Oakland, CA as a police psychologist. I live a few miles away from Oakland, and know a good number of officers who know Dr. Kirschman personally. They all have expressed to me that they like and respect her, and thought that my reading her book was probably a very good thing for my relationship with my boyfriend.

4-0 out of 5 stars Decent book
It helped my wife understand myself a little better. ... Read more


67. The Politics of the Presidency (Politics of the Presidency)
by Joseph August Pika, John Anthony Maltese, Joseph A. Pika
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Publisher: CQ Press
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4-0 out of 5 stars A good overview of the changing face of the Am. Presidency
I have this book as a text for a political science class I'm taking at the Rochester Institute of Technology.Though a bit pricey at $40, I truly find this a solid read.It should be appropriate for all levels of reader,though it seems to be geared towards those with at least basic knowledge ofthe American political system. ... Read more


68. The Politics of Gun Control
by Robert J. Spitzer
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Average Customer Review: 2.83 out of 5 stars
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The authoritative standard for anyone seeking wide-ranging and fair-minded analysis of the American gun debate, The Politics of Gun Control homes in on three key culture shocks that shape the politics of gun control in America today: the shooting at Columbine High School, the clearly delineated positions on the gun issue staked out in the 2000 election, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Written with insight and showcasing the wide-ranging debate, this third edition also examines such important issues as the proliferation of concealed-carry laws, liability lawsuits filed against gun manufacturers, NRA political funding of Republicans, and the controversy surrounding the assault weapons ban, bringing this popular and well-respected book right up to date. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Politics of Gun Control - Another liberal hatchet job
I read this book because I was required to in College. It is painfully, obvious that it was written from a predetermined conclusion. The history of the NRA is especially vicious. The author chastises the NRA at several points for the NRA early support by Government by subsidies, use of Nat'l parks to train WWII soldiers how to shoot, etc. The author essential argument that anyone that has ever received support from Gov't has duty not to ever to oppose the government in anything. In the beginning he points out that this book he will not examine gun control polices in foreign countries, yet on several instances he cites them (Canada for instance) to make his point, but nevertheless totally neglects gun control failures such as England and Austrailia (See London Times 1/16/2000 for details on this) . He quickly glosses over concealed weapon laws citing statistics showimng their failure, when a number of policy studies have concluded the opposite that Concealed weapon laws do in fact reduce crime. If you want one-sided reading of gun control this is your best bet.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not For Those Who Have Already Made Up Their Minds
I wonder if the reader from Glen Ellen CA and I read the same book? That review seemed to my mind an excellent example of tediously shaving facts to fit one's predilections- much more so than the actual work in question.

I do happen to agree with him in this regard- people who have already made up their minds about the issue will find the book irritating-- in much the same way that baseball fans are irritated by umpires.

Spitzer builds a case for stepping back from the issue far enough to see alternatives clearly, and to understand the larger forces driving the insanity of this battle over weapons of destruction.

The problem for Spitzer is that human beings consistently develop addictions to causes that allow them to release large amounts of adrenaline into their circulatory and central nervous systems in the form of rage, paranoia and righteous indignation. Actually solving the problem would be the equivalent of flushing one's favorite stash of drugs down the toilet. Those who don't want to see this battle over guns ended will find plenty of things to irritate and discomfort them in Spitzer's intelligent analysis.

1-0 out of 5 stars Promising concept - fails to deliver on the facts.
"Not concerned with the efficacy..." of gun control laws. That about sums up The Politics of Gun Control. Dr. Spitzer started out to write a book exploring the policy resolution ramifications of gun control, but along the way he got sucked into arguments for the pro and con of gun control, and ended up delivering a weak polemic for stricter gun control laws.

Dr. Spitzer's original question intrigued me greatly. How, in a civilized society, does one develop a rational and moral course of action when so many competing interests are so stridently opposed to each other? What are the proper roles of the courts, of the federal government (both legislative and executive branches), of local government, and of advocacy groups, in determining the proper direction for government policy? Sadly, after posing these questions, The Politics of Gun Control fails to deliver, beyond the superfluous finale that the gun control dilemma can be resolved by treating gun control similarly to international arms control. (Suffice it to say I was unconvinced.)

Alternatively, as pro-control literature, The Politics of Gun Control fails utterly. Unlike Dr. Kleck's Targeting Guns, The Politics of Gun Control offers little insight into the methodologies of the studies cited, why one may be better than another, and offers virtually no explanation of the plausible mechanisms that underlie quoted study's results.

For other examples of the failings inherent in The Politics of Gun Control, consider the following:

- Many of the significant citations are taken from newspapers and magazines. While this may be acceptable for anecdotal recollections, it is not sufficient for scientific analysis. When concluding that "easy accessibility of weapons" is a significant contribution to a rise in homicide, one expects a more respected source than the New York Times.

- In the section devoted to participants to the debate, twenty-three pages are devoted to a rather mean-spirited negative portrayal of the National Rifle Association, and only one page to Handgun Control, Inc. In one quote, the rabidly anti-gun Josh Sugarman of the Violence Policy Center is passed off as a "policy analyst".

- The section lambasting the NRA for its position on KTW "cop-killer" bullets blatantly misrepresents critical facts: facts readily available in Osha Gray Davidson's Under Fire: The NRA and the Battle for Gun Control. The result is that readers like "A customer from Michigan" draw erroneous conclusions and disparage a stand that never was.

- The material on "assault weapons" contains the same fabrications reported in HCI's partisan literature, and fails to adequately deal with the objections raised by David Kopel and others. Left unanswered are such critical objections as the irrationality of a ban on "assault weapons" that are fundamentally indistinguishable from other, unbanned, semi-automatic firearms, and that far from being criminal weapons of choice, "assault weapons" are actually under represented in crime. Again, the result is that less knowledgeable readers complain of the non-existent "proliferation of automatic weapons." If a book can be judged by its results, this one failed miserably to produce enlightened readers.

- The claim that firearms are not regulated because they are not under the control of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, is demonstrably false. (Interestingly, Robert Delfray of the National Shooting Sports Foundation reports the CPSC exemption for firearms was instituted because HCI attempted to use the CPSC to ban "the sale of bullets for handguns.") Firearms are manufactured according to SAMI regulations (part of ANSI) in addition to a multitude of access laws, not that you could learn this from The Politics of Gun Control.

- The chapter on the interpretation of the Second Amendment fails to answer any of the arguments raised by pro Second Amendment scholars (who are not necessarily anti-control) such as Clayton Cramer, Robert Cottrol, Stephen Halbrook, David Kopel, Don Kates, Sanford Levinson and Lawrence Tribe. (Most of these authors have works available on Amazon.Com - I suggest you search and decide for yourself.) Many of these scholars appear in the endnotes, so obviously Dr. Spitzer has read their work, but their primary arguments are neither presented nor refuted. Of greater concern is that Dr. Spitzer's work promised to tell us what role, if any, should be assigned to judicial precedent, in deciding the future of gun control. Given that the courts have produced both good and bad decisions, how are we to know which ones are to be given credence and which consigned to the trash heap? After reading this chapter I was left with the feeling that Dr. Spitzer's criteria was based on which cases supported his preferred outcome.

On a general basis, I found especially irritating the emotive, value-based, unsupported, adjectives that are peppered throughout the text. I was looking for an alternative viewpoint, not consistent needling. For pro-control readers this may give you a warm glow; for more doubtful readers it may simply make you grit your teeth and reach for the markup pen.

In the final analysis, Dr. Spitzer begins with the twin propositions that the "purpose of government is to maintain order" and that the "purpose of firearms is the ... destruction of people, animals, and objects." Neither assumption is adequately supported; they are presented to be taken on faith. Perhaps, to one holding such beliefs, the burden of proof for the necessity of gun control is much lighter. To those who actually believe that governments are instituted to secure the blessing of liberty and that firearms are simply a tool for good or ill, The Politics Of Gun Control remains unconvincing.

5-0 out of 5 stars A balanced and informative treatment
I found Mr. Spitzer's book to be quite informative and thought-provoking. In regard to the question of evidence, I don't know what book Mr. Anderson of Portland, OR read, but Spitzer's book has an ample and varied list of sources (pages 154-203), about a quarter of the entire book. Most of his sources are respectable journals such as the Journal of the AMA and the NE Journal of Medicine, and he also cites many Supreme Court decisions in his examination of the Second Amendment's meaning. To Prof. Spitzer's credit, he also consulted the familiar sources on the pro-gun side of the debate: Kleck, Gertz, Kates, Rossi, et al. I'm sure that Spitzer will be accused of being "biased" or "liberal" because most of his conclusions do not support the pro-gun arguments, but please note that he, at times, does find some value in the questions that their research raises (see his comments on Kleck's doubts about a comprehensive national survey, pages 56-57). Spitzer's treatment of the Brady Law is also even-handed (pages 125-26).

Spitzer's book provoked me to thinking about the gun issue in new ways. His thesis that the gun-control debate is largely one of public-policy making in which "elephantine political forces battle over political mice" (page 136) is developed very well throughout. I also found his examination of the NRA quite interesting. After reading it, I began to feel that the organization has really hurt its own rank-and-file base by overly politicizing the issue of firearms. There must be a lot of outdoor enthusiasts and sportsman who don't think that the proliferation of automatic weapons and KTW armor-piercing bullets (aka, "cop-killer bullets") would make America a safer place. But the NRA does not permit such dissention in their ranks it seems (page 83). Spitzer writes that because of its hard-line, no compromise approach, the NRA "has often sacrificed both a sense of perspective and the truth, leading to a general erosion of its credibility outside of its core constituency" (page 100). I agree.

In short, I feel that this is a very useful and informative work. In light of the recent outbursts of gun violence in our country, I think that everyone concerned about the gun issue has an obligation to read this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars The author makes false assertions with no references!
As Don Kates has pointed out in his review of Mr. Spitzer's book, the author asserts that firearm murders are committed by nice, ordinary folks who grabbed a handy gun and killed someone in anger! But this is simply false! Criminolgical studies have consistently shown that murderers are NOT, by and large, ordinary folks at all. Far from it. Perhaps 90% of murders committed in the US with a firearm are committed by aberrant citizens with a long record of criminal activity. See Kates & Kleck, The Great American Gun Debate. See also Wright & Rossi, Under the Gun: for numerous citations of criminologic studies which conclude the opposite of what Prof Spitzer is trying to make us believe. He is, of course, perfectly free to believe and to promulgate whatever he wants. This is America. But we have the responsibility to sort fact from fiction when it comes to formulating public policy! ... Read more


69. Inside 9-11: What Really Happened
by Der Spiegel Magazine
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Catlog: Book (2002-03-11)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Some of the finest writing and reporting on the events of September 11 was done by Der Spiegel, Germany's magazine of record. With its main office in Hamburg, base of operations for terrorist ringleader Mohamed Atta and many of the others, Der Spiegel's journalists were on the front lines of the earliest investigation into the identities of those who brought holy war to America.

The award-winning team from Spiegel was also at Ground Zero, talking to people, gathering stories, interviewing survivors, seeking the words that might express the interconnections of horror and heroism. The words come from those who had been inside and somehow gotten out. Inside 9-11 gives us some of their accounts, taking us as close as we can get to what happened.

The "why" of September 11 may remain beyond understanding. But here we learn who the terrorists were, and how they were able to take so many innocent lives by sacrificing their own. The profiles in this book render a chilling, alien mindset that has become part of our daily reality. Combining first-class investigative journalism and writing of great clarity, Inside 9-11 is a heartbreaking and gripping reconstruction of the events that changed us all.

Translated from the German by Paul De Angelis and Elisabeth Kaestner, with contributions from Margot Dembo and Christopher Sultan.
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5-0 out of 5 stars September 11 and the German connection.
In the last six months, I read the New York Times book Out of the Blue, and to be honest the Germans did a better job with this book. I think both this and Out of the Blue are 5 star reads though. What really mattered was the extra information Der Spiegel put into this book. As an example--how did the U.S. Government figure out the passengers who hijacked the four planes? Well on one of the calls to an airline headquarters, the stewardess stated the seats the hijackers occupied, and one of these was Atta. This information was not in Out of the Blue.
Also interviews with Atta's father and other hijackers families.

The beginning of the book talks quite a bit about the two planes which crashed into the World Trade Center. Not as much info on the Pennsylvania crash or the Pentagon attack. What is include gives good detail. There is more in depth material on the New York attacks. The next to last chapter details how much of the operation was conceived and supported in Hamberg, Germany. Many of the hijackers not only were educated here, but also settled down there. Since the authors are Germans, much is detailed on the German connection.

In the appendix are some of Atta's writing and the drivel of Bin Laden. One wonders who believes in this stuff. It is apparent, bin Laden has not only managed to hijack four planes but believers in a religion. The writers attempt to make some analysis on this in the summary, but it will still leave the reader shaking his head on these beliefs.

One small minus was a number of typos in the copy.
Altogether a great read on a tragic event for America.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best I've read yet.
This is the best Sept. 11 book I've yet read, and it doesn't even come from America. The reporting is excellent and thorough and the level of detail is impressive. Sometimes gory, sometimes horrifying, but always educational, this book examines the events of that day from the point of view of the terrorists as well as the victims. An appendix includes the terrorists' final instructions, which are quite chilling to read. Kudos to Der Spiegel for putting together the best 9/11 coverage so far.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Inside Scoop
I have always been a bit hesitant when picking up a book that has more then one author, let alone a full reporting staff. Many times I find that you can either tell very distinctly when one author finishing and a another author starts or when there are a lot of authors, it tends to be a mix of styles that never really flow together. Somehow this book had none of this, it must have been a very strong editor or a translation thing, but the book spoke with one voice and was very evenly put together. The book had different sections, pre attack, attack and post attack and all three were insightful and well written. This is the first book on the topic that I have read that went into a good amount of detail about the individual hijackers, it really tried to paint a picture of who they were and what theirs lives were like leading up to the event. It did not really explain why they would do what they did, but it did give the reader some understanding of who they were.

During the section of the book that detailed the attack there were a number of interviews and a running description of the event, both were well done. But the part that I found most powerful was that the authors placed bits of 911 calls from people in the towers into the text that really brought a lot of emotion into the reading. Ok so it is a rather cheap way to do it, but it worked and you really felt the fear and desperation in the situation. Overall I liked the book, it was well written and put together. My only complaint would be that I felt the last section, the aftermath, was not as engrossing as the first two sections, but to be honest that is problem that it would be difficult for any author to top the drama of the attacks. One other minor point, in non-fiction I like a few pictures to let me see whom you are talking about etc., this book had none. If you are interested in the topic this is a good place to land.

3-0 out of 5 stars A psychic helps the FBI and the Victims Go to the Light - A
If you have ever wondered about people who die quickly - if they "go to the light" or wait around as ghosts for a while, and how we can help them transition, you may want to read Tiffany Snow's Psychic Gifts in the Christian Life - Tools to Connect. She has a personal experience in her book about 9-11, and how she ended up out-of-body to help 5 people on the plane transition successfully. She explains that victims who die quickly are often in shock, and don't really know that they are dead - they think "the angel and relatives that show up to escort them, are the dream, and not the reality." During her time of "reliving and relieving" the last few moments before impact with each of the five, she was able to see the terrorists, what they were wearing and doing, etc, and the next day sent sketches and information to the FBI...and their unexpected, positive response. Much good is in this book about "the other side," and I just wanted to pass on the info, it was interesting to me, and comforting, and especially for the victim's families, might fill in a few of the gaps.

5-0 out of 5 stars Your are there, 9/11/01
Mohamed Atta had a terrorist primer. He spent the night before 9/11 at the Comfort Inn in Portland, Maine. The story of the terrorists in flight schools, creating problems in night clubs and elsewhere in the weeks before the incident of the suicide attacks of the four commercial jetliners, and their journeys in America and abroad are outlined in the book. Calls from passengers and flight personnel on the highjacked airliners are detailed in this account.

Next, the authors, journalists of DER SPIEGAL, describe the attempts of the workers in the World Trade Center towers to save themselves. It was important for small firms to have the World Trade Center on their letterheads. Initially it was conceived as a center for overseas trade, not a financial center. Later the rise in commercial-space rents in New York City caused the kinds of businesses most likely to rent space in the towers to change. One of the reasons so much is known about situations within the planes and towers is telephone contact. Wired and wireless, modern communications capabilities are awesome.

Reading the account is an emotional experience. People waited to be rescued and rescue workers never came. Others walked down and out of one of the towers from the eighty-ninth floor. Horribly burned individuals exited safely with others.

Fear is something firefighters train themselves to ignore. The authors show the messages received at the fire department message center--FDNY Emergency Message Center. When the tower came down it sounded like a freight train. The entire South Tower had collapsed. Nobody in the FDNY expected a collapse of the entire structures of the monumental towers.

The South Tower was hit second but collapsed first. It was hit lower. NYC has more tall buildings than any other city. Still, FDNY is not a suicide organization. After the collapse of the tower, the plans of evacuating persons on the higher floors of the other tower changed. A quick thinking fireman shouted, causing most of the fire personnel in the North Tower to leave the building.

The North Tower collapsed in an almost absurdly controlled way. Eleven people survived the crash of that tower. Nearly all the men in leading positions of the New York Fire Department were dead.

By mid day the FBI had determined that some of the highjackers had come from Germany. Mohamed Atta's travel bag was located at Logan Airport. It contained among the toiletries two written documents.

Part II of the book is call "In the House of Followers". In the first day the FBI had Atta's suitcase, as noted, and a white rental car containing flying manuals in Arabic and some papers with the same Arabic names that appeared on the passenger lists. The Hamburg-Harburg Technical University has an international profile. Seven of the thirteen names investigators supplied appeared in the student directory. Two of the suicide pilots had studied there.

Investigators in Germany began to try to unravel the greatest terrorist act of all time. A treasure trove of papers came to the attention of the authorities. Perhaps some other secret service was at work. The terrorist as slum dweller is a familiar concept. The terrorist as a middle class role model is new.

Europe acted as a way station for terrorist groups. What held the groups together is neither Islam not idealogy, but religious delusion and hatred for the U.S. The end of the book contains identifying information on the participants of the highjacking, a timeline, and excerpts from the Terrorist's Manual. ... Read more


70. Breaking Rank: A Top Cop's Expose of the Dark Side of American Policing
by Norm Stamper
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Norm Stamper, formerly chief of the Seattle Police Force and deputy chief of the San Diego Police Department, has written a story unlike any other. Part memoir, part polemic on the state of policing in America, Breaking Rank melds progressive politics with hard-boiled reportage in the tradition of Charles Bukowski and Elmore Leonard.

With provocatively titled chapters like "Why White Cops Kill Black Men" and "Sexual Predators in Uniform," Stamper reveals a force that can be racist, corrupt, overly militaristic, and chauvinist, yet is also made up of brave and good men and women. He reflects upon what it is like to kill a man, why drugs should be decriminalized, the correct approach to prostitution and gun control, and how the force should be trained for the future. Stamper’s prescriptions for change are both reasoned and challenging, but at no time does Breaking Rank become didactic— it is a riveting story told from the perspective of one of America's top cops on the street. ... Read more


71. Practical Handbook for Private Investigators
by Rory J. McMahon
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Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Since the trial of O.J. Simpson, the "profession" of private investigation has risen to a new level of respect among both the legal community and the public at large because the success of O.J.'s " Dream Team" was largely a result of the brilliant work done by defense investigators. Private investigators are often called upon to provide information for cases that are not criminal or when regular law enforcement cannot fit a more in-depth investigation into its criminal caseload. Investigators are called upon to conduct surveillance, asset searches, and background checks on individuals and corporations.While most books on private investigation tackle specific field-related topics, Practical Handbook for Private Investigators provides the first comprehensive coverage. Rory McMahon, a recognized leader in the industry, clears up many misconceptions about the world of private investigation as he guides experienced private investigators, as well as those wishing to enter the field. This practical handbook is a compendium of the work performed, with descriptions of the various types of investigations, case studies, and practical tips. Besides showing you how to conduct every kind of investigation, the book also offers advice on how to testify, how to set up practice, and how to get licensed. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Gotta have this book!
I checked this book out of the library to use as a guide in setting up a PI agency. After one day I decided to just buy the book, despite the relatively high cost. Well worth the price. The sample forms and contracts are just what I was looking for. A great how-to book for people starting out in the industry!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good appetizer, but not a meaty dish
While this book projects a basic overview of the investigative profession, it lacks thorough treatment of techniques and issues. McMahon does deserve kudos for devoting a chapter to ethics. Unfortunately, like many other books in this category, the author indulges in a lot of superficial introductory information and glosses over sources. This book and Brandon Perron's, are probably the most well thought-out books covering this field to date...but please, we implore you authors, to cut out the fluff and drive home more substance: tried and proven techniques, detailed (and updated) source listings (including databases and public records info) and more practical business advice. A conditional buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars PI "how to"
Mr McMahon was done a superb job in creating a practical handbook for PIs. His book should be the "manual" for those new to the field and those working towards a degree or certification related to Private Investigators. Although, the book is geared for the student or "newbie" PI, I found it to be an excellent refresher for experienced detectives. There are no war stories, this book is for educational purposes and has earned a spot in with my other reference manuals. Rory McMahon has obviously used his training and experience to create this manual. It is great to see a real PI giving something back to the industry. ... Read more


72. Risk Analysis and the Security Survey
by James F. Broder
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Catlog: Book (1999-12-15)
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Risk Analysis and the Security Survey, Second Edition provides an understanding of the principles of risk analysis to security students and professionals, which will help them produce more effective, results-oriented security surveys geared to the ever-changing needs of the organization.This new edition provides the readers, professional and practitioners alike with new information essential to meeting their professional obligations with regard to crisis management planning, business continuity planning, disaster response and recovery as well as many other issues facing the security industry today.This book is a "must have" for all security professionals studying risk analysis and loss control.


The most fundamental philosophy of risk control, design and implementation is to make the security program as self-sufficient as possible in all matters pertaining to security. This includes the two-sided coin of risk control: (1) the protection of assets by identifying, analyzing and prioritizing the risk, and (2) contingency and disaster recovery planning.

Business Impact Analysis (BIA) which covers Project Planning, Data Collection, Data Analysis and Report of Findings,Prediction of Criminal Behavior
Updated statistical information and practical case examples
Geared to help professionals and students produce more effective results-oriented security surveys
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3-0 out of 5 stars Review after using Risk Analysis and the Security Survey
I bought the book to use as a reference while doing my very first risk analysis. It helped me a lot with my project. I found it easy to read and use as a reference. I used the format in the book as a guide when writing up the risk analysis I did.

If you haven't done one before and are looking for a good reference guide, this is a great resource.

5-0 out of 5 stars clear direction on putting together a security survey
I have prepared several security surveys throughout the last couple of years and have always found that they were missing something. Once I started looking through this book I was given clear direction on the useful information required when conducting a security survey.
This book describes all the main sections required for a security review: Scoop of the project, organization assesment and requirements, physical security, internal controls, data system and records, emergency planning, and proprietary information, business impact analysis, survey questionary, etc.
This book goes into details on planning and analysis but does not give detailed techniques on aquireing information or what an effective security system looks like. It assumes the reader has a strong security background and is able to handle the details of investigation, interviewing, testing and evaluation. This book only touches on these topics. ... Read more


73. Police Operations: Theory and Practice
by Kären M. Hess, Henry M. Wrobleski
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This introductory text covers all major areas of police operations with a focus on community-oriented and problem-oriented policing, which reflects the current direction of progressive police departments. Providing a comprehensive presentation of police operations, the authors incorporate the latest research on patrol techniques, cultural diversity, and changes in police administration policy. The text goes beyond the traditional focus on the patrol function of policing, but is still geared towards the student pursuing a career in law enforcement. Known for solid coverage of basic policing principles and practices, this text one of the few texts in this market intended purely for the police operations course, and not for a combination of introduction to law enforcement and police operations courses. Wrobleski brings a practical and professional knowledge with a practitioner's point of view, while Hess brings her experience of over 25 years of developing instructional products. ... Read more


74. Effective Security Management, Fourth Edition (Effective Security Management)
by Charles A. Sennewald
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Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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This latest edition of Effective Security Management retains the qualities that made the previous editions a standard of the profession: a readable, comprehensive guide to the planning, staffing, and operation of the security function within an organization. All chapters are completely updated with the focus on practical methods that the reader can put to use in managing an effective security department.

The Fourth Edition covers current computer applications that can help in the administrative, managerial, and supervisory aspects of the security function. In addition, two new chapters address employee management in detail.The first, Lifestyle Management for Managers, will discuss motivation at work: the how, when, where, what and why of self-motivation for the boss.The second, The Departing Employee, will discuss the exit interview and the information that can be gained in that process.

Also, back by popular demand, are the author's "Jackass Management Traits," 32 humorous portrayals of negative management traits that illustrate very real problems that can undermine the effectiveness of supervisors and managers.

* Includes a new chapter on the use of statistics as a security management tool
* Contains complete updates to every chapter while retaining the outstanding organization of the previous editions
* Recommended reading for The American Society for Industrial Security's (ASIS) Certified Protection Professional (CPP) exam
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2-0 out of 5 stars I can't believe this is one of the best!
While Effective Security Management provides a reasonable, high-level look at security management and all of its aspects, I found it to be remedial and insufficient. I own it as a textbook for a graduate course, and many of my classmates agree that you could read the end summary of each chapter to get all of the information of interest.

Beyond that, I was disappointed with the tone and messaging for many parts of the book. At times, examples in the book appear rather sexist in nature, often referring to things that women tend to do wrong. The same also goes for references to people living alternative lifestyles. The book also makes references to moral issues when it would be more appropriate to talk about ethics.

Finally, the 'new' computer section is woefully dated and inadequate. Sennewald may feel that it's necessary to include some high level review of different computer components, but this knowledge doesn't really help manage computer security, and the approach puts computer and information security as mere afterthoughts to an overall security management approach.

Unfortunately, this book is currently seen as one of the best books in the field. So, if you have to read it, make sure to do so with caution and supplement the material with other sources.

4-0 out of 5 stars Key Points
I found Sennewald's book to be complete, easily understood and worthy of practical application. The book focuses on security management approaches to not only introduce security to an organization, but also to stabilze, enhance and gain support for existing security systems/department. Sennewald foregoes the lock and key discussion to present suggestions every security manager can use. The book outlines organizational systems and explains security's important role in organizations. It concentrates on development of human resources of security departments. The book is an easy read, clear and concise. ... Read more


75. Strategic and Tactical Considerations on the Fireground
by James P. Smith
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76. Introduction to Executive Protection
by Dale L. June
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An Introduction to Executive Protection provides beginners in the occupation of executive protection with the tools they need to know and appreciate the profession; to enable them to realize what is expected when they are placed in positions of confidence and trust; and to understandthe implications of being responsible for the safety and lives of others. This guide emphasizes the basic elements of executive protection which are often neglected or overlooked in practical application, even by professional schools of executive protection instruction which sometimes mistakenly assume all enrollees are practiced journeymen. In addition to practical and technical considerations of the profession, "executive protection" means working with people on a personal level. The author draws on his extensive and varied experience in the field to share events that inform and enlighten students of executive protection and teach them how to best avoid endangering those they protect. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very impressing and written objectively
The content of the book is soundly built up and written. My respect for the author and his job for this book. The price for this is OK.

1-0 out of 5 stars Lots of repetition, typos, and hollow info
The volume contains lots of repetition of very elemental, common sense executive protection basics -- very little useful technical detail. Lots of stories that don't relate well to everyday executive protection challenges. For example: Lots of details given about motorcade techniques that will rarely get used unless you work for the USSS or DSS. -- but no detail given about agent placement when working a close protection detail. And, way too many typos, punctuation, and grammar errors for a $64 book! Not a very deep book for the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Magnificent! Deserves 10 out of 10 !
As a professional who has been in the industry for a long time I have read numerous publications on the subject of Executive Protection but have not come accross material such as this.

I must say that Mr. June goes a step further with this book than most authors so far. He tells it as it is. The book not only covers the basics but also offers very useful information on many points to both begginers and seasonal professionals like myself. Although the book is aimed at the protection specialists in the USA some of the principles still apply world wide. I have thouroghly enjoyed it and I would definately recommend the book to anyone either interested or involved in the industry!

5-0 out of 5 stars The consumate text for Executive Protection
Dale June really hits the nail on the head with this comprehensive text on EP(Executive Protection). As one of the few women in the profession, I have seen that little is often addressed in 'so called EP books' as to the unique situations that we encounter.

June includes material that is essential to the neophyte and experienced professional alike. His text is fast becoming a required reading, and is endorsed by the Director of Training and Professional Certification of the IAPPS (International Association for Professional Protection Specialists) as a core text for those entering the profession.

Whether you are looking at the profession from the perspective of just starting, or revisiting the basics to stay on top of your game. This book is a MUST read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
very easy to understand, quick references as you need them you will know if your cut out for this type of work highly recomend it i hate reading but read this cover to cover always going back to chapters of interest. ... Read more


77. Organizing the Presidency
by Stephen Hess, James P. Pfiffner
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When Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated in March 1933, the White House staff numbered fewer than fifty people. In the ensuing years, as the United States became a world power and both the foreign and domestic duties of the president grew more complex, the White House staff has increased twentyfold. This book asks how best to manage a presidency that itself has become a bureaucracy.

In the third edition of Organizing the Presidency, Stephen Hess, with the assistance of James P. Pfiffner, surveys presidential organizations from Roosevelt's to George W. Bush's, examining the changing responsibilities of the executive branch jobs and their relationships with one another, Capitol Hill, and the permanent government. He also describes the kinds of people who have filled these positions and the intentions of the presidents who appointed them. ... Read more


78. Cold Zero : Inside the FBIHostage Rescue Team
by Christopher Whitcomb
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With the immediacy and force of a sniper's strike, Cold Zero is a blistering first-person account of life inside the FBI and its elite Hostage Rescue Team.

Of the hundreds of thousands of U.S. law enforcement officers, only 200 have ever been in Christopher Whitcomb's highly trained and specialized branch of the FBI. Equivalent to the Navy's SEALs and the Army's Delta Force, the Hostage Rescue Team is charged with terrorist capture, hostage release, and other emergencies in the United States and around the world. Whitcomb is the first HRT member ever to write about his experience.With breathtaking clarity, Whitcomb describes his journey from civilian to FBI agent and from field agent into the highly competitive HRT--the brutal training, the weapons and tactics, and the unbreakable camaraderie of the HRT. In short order, after joining the HRT in 1991, Whitcomb was sent on missions to:

Ruby Ridge. Trained as a sniper, Whitcomb was in position in the first team to surround the cabin and gives an unsparing account of the communications and leadership issues there.

Waco. For several excruciating months, Whitcomb took up his position in the Branch Davidian standoff. Day after day he held David Koresh and other gunmen in his crosshairs--only to watch, stunned, the fiery debacle that broke the stalemate.

Kosovo. As part of the evidence-gathering FBI mission, Whitcomb saw the aftermath of genocide and the urgency of bearing witness.

Whitcomb's frank assessment of these and many other missions is must reading for anyone interested in modern law enforcement and covert operations.

Cold Zero is not just a story of missions, weapons, and tactics, though. It is the story of the human being behind the sniper's scope, the people who put on badges and strap on guns to represent the law of the United States. It is a book of rare action and emotion, and one that introduces a remarkable new writer to the world. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sensitive and Fascinating
Christopher Whitcomb writes a nuanced real life thriller about his experiences at 'ground zero'in the FBI Hostage Rescue Team. His HRT is not a collection of automated uber-policemen, but men who are well trained, who are asked to do extraordinary things for this country, and who struggle with the impact of their actions on themselves and their families. Yes, we all remember the newspaper and CNN accounts of Ruby Ridge and Waco, Texas; Whitcomb, though, conveys a reality that is certainly not as obvious as either side would like us to believe. This may be the central point of Cold Zero: with the resources and skills of the FBI and the HRT, we must be very careful in deploying this capability where both the root causes and eventual fallout are unclear. Throughout the book it becomes clear that the scope of the HRT's responsibilities have changed greatly. Mr Whitcomb describes his role in LA during the riots, the HRT's drug interdiction missions, and most heartbreakingly, its work in Bosnia investigating war crimes while essentially re-burying its dead. His confusion and horror is viscerally obvious.
Cold Zero is such a relief from other similar books written by "warriors". He portrays himself as neither an FBI synchophant nor as a rogue agent. Here is a man with self doubt, tremendous physical confidence, and a love for his family and upbringing. If this is an example of the typical FBI man, we have great reason to feel confident of our future post 9/11/01.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as exciting as I'd hoped
Special Agent Christopher Whitcomb is one of only about 200 people who have ever been part of the FBI's elite Hostage Rescue Team (HRT). HRT is one of America's counterterroism units along with the Army's Delta Force and Navy SEAL Team Six.

In this book, Special Agent Whitcomb provides a very informative and engaging look at his life in the FBI. The reader follows him on some of his more interesting assignments doing casework out of a satellite office in Missouri and when Whitcomb feels the need to do more in his life, he takes the reader through his selection process into the HRT. From his description, I imagine the HRT selection process to be somewhat similar to the Navy BUD/S (SEAL) selection process. Anyone familiar with BUD/S (or if you've seen some of Hollywood's bastardized film versions like G.I. Jane), knows that the process is amazingly taxing--both physically and psychologically--and there is a very high drop out rate.

Obviously, Whitcomb managed to get through selection and becomes a sniper on the HRT. He was present and accounted for the standoff on Ruby Ridge and in Waco, Texas during the Branch Davidians crisis. Though both situations were tense and Whitcomb manages to portray that mood in his writing, there isn't much excitement involved (for the reader).

I imagine most of Whitcomb's missions are still classified and that's unfortunate. Though Whitcomb provides his experience during some of the most famous current events of the past 15 years or so (like Ruby Ridge and Waco), there isn't much to get excited about. With a book about an elite unit like the Hostage Rescue Team, one would expect (and presumably want) a lot of action. Sadly, there wasn't much to speak of. Also, I would recommend skipping the last three chapters because they don't really seem relevant to the primary function of HRT.

Although the book doesn't provide as much action and excitement as I would have liked, Whitcomb is a good writer and the book is a very good read. Perhaps some of Whitcomb's more exciting missions will be declassified in the future and he can write a follow-up with some more meat to it, especially since this book was written and published prior to the tragic events of September 11, 2001. I'd be extremely interested in reading what role HRT played immediately following 9/11 and what they are doing now.

Still, I would recommend this book to people interested in the FBI and especially to potential candidates to HRT.

Lastly, Special Agent Whitcomb if you get a chance to read this: Thank you for your service to this great country.

4-0 out of 5 stars Book Lover
"The world looks different through a rifle scope." With this opening line Special Agent Whitcomb grabs the reader and doesn't let go. From his first day on the job (in Kansas City) then on to HRT training and finally to places like Ruby Ridge, Waco and Kosovo we get to know the man who believes in this country. A man who wanted to make a difference and did. As the mother of two sons there are times when Christopher's story causes my heart to skip, but as an American I am so grateful for these men (and women) who risk so very much to protect us. The writing is fast-paced, compelling, and on target. This former speech writer has a story to tell and he tells it well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gripping and Informative
Whitcomb has two birds nailed with this book: he chronicled an amazing career in the FBI, and secondly, he did it well. His writing style was masterful. Having read several of these types of stories, that start with a quick scene in the middle of the action, and then go back to biography the means and methods one uses to get there, I find Cold Zero to be a top notch book. I'd love to read more writing by Whitcomb, but I imagine he's still busy saving the world from bad guys.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inside Scoop
I first heard Christopher Whitcomb on a local NPR program and was fascinated by his stories. Interested enough to buy his book.
The book is hard to put down. It gives us a first hand look at the physicality and courage it takes to go through this rigorous training: first to become an FBI agent and then to go on to the Hostage Rescue Team. I fear Mr Whitcomb is a might too coy to allow us to see the real fear and pain it takes to make this team. It is a very elite team that is in danger most of the time-he was on-call 24/7, and required constant vigilance and training to stay within the group. His version of the sorties that he took part in are insightful. I felt like I was part of the group. Mr. Whitcomb did not share much of his family life and it would have been a better book if he had- how does the family endure the amount of time they were apart? His decision to leave the FBI and take part in civilian life tells some of the story. Hope there are more books to come.. ... Read more


79. Police Assessment Center Preparation
by Lawrence R. O'Leary Ph.D., Lawrence R. O'Leary Ph.D.
list price: $89.00
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Asin: 0967014905
Catlog: Book (1994-11-30)
Publisher: O'Leary, Brokaw & Associates, Inc.
Sales Rank: 239304
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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The book is a preparation tool for the 140,000 police officers plus other law enforcement personnel who work in police departments which report that they use a specific and increasingly used procedure, known as the Assessment Center as a major part of their decision as to who gets promoted.

This decision regarding who gets promoted is among the two or three major decisions in a police officer's life. More specifically, the importance rests on the following three points: 1. If the Officer is promoted, s/he immediately begins earning between $7,000.00 and $9,500.00 more every year for the rest of her/his career, 2. The successful candidate is now elibible to compete for higher level jobs for which they were previously unqualified to compete, 3. there is substantial prestige and better working conditions for Police Sergeant than there are for the Police Officer.

The candidates for promotion know how to study for a multiple choice written test but many of them are looking for a resource to use in preparing for the promotional testing. I ought to know this because I have been creating and implementing assessment centers for Police Departments and Fire Departments across the country since 1974.

What is an assessment center? It is a highly predictive and merit based process for selecting supervisors and managers from among line workers. It uses simulations of the typical type of problems that a supervisor would encounter on the job (e.g. an In Basket Exercise which simulates the contents of a supervisor's in basket and requires her/him to make various decisions, a Coaching Exeercise which requires the candidate to prepare for and conduct a meeting with a person who plays the role of a Police Officer with some type of work problem, etc.)The book not only comes with a sealed packet of three assessment center exercises but also the answers to the exercises so that the reader can not only read about the process and practice actual assessment center exercises but also compare their performance against a scoring guide which is also contained in the packet and make changes before they attend their promotional assessment center. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book For Preparation of Assessment Centers!
When our Police Department announced that the testing process for the two open captain positions would be changed to an assessment center, everyone began a search for the best approach to prepare for the process. Dr. O'Leary's book is the one I chose. The guidelines and sugestions were excellent. I finished first on the oral board component and second in the overall scoring. Today I am a Captain with a major mid-western police department. Without the PROPER guide for understanding and preparation of assessment center testing, I would have been lost! This book is written in simple text and is easy to follow.

5-0 out of 5 stars MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE !!
I felt very prepared after going through this process. It was worth the time to do each of the exercizes. I would definitely recommend the workbook and the process to others.

2-0 out of 5 stars Police Assessment Center Preparation
Find this first on the used market if you can and this should not be your first pick for police assessment center preparation. It is very generic and spends too much time on the overview of the process. Candidates for promotion do not always need to know the legality of an assessment center nor the reasons some agencies select them as a testing process. Law enforcement professionals competing for promotion have little choice in the agencies decision to use this process and normally little time to prepare. When compared to even an ARCO Sergeants test prep book, the three chapters on assessment center exercises were more concise and informative. It does include good exercises to familiarize yourself with the process and the author's advice is consistent with others. ... Read more


80. Force Under Pressure: How Cops Live and Why They Die
by Lawrence Blum, Laurence Blum
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Asin: 1930051123
Catlog: Book (2000-10-01)
Publisher: Lantern Books
Sales Rank: 42968
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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Lawrence Blum describes the sources of danger, injuries, and victory to police officers in a down-to-earth, readable style. Blum’s main point is that there are missing "ingredients" in the training and socialization of police officers. In his book, these ingredients include techniques and tools to condition the officer’s decision-making and concentration during conditions of emergency; internal controls necessary to maintain the will to survive; and aids that will prevent officers being defeated by any threat. Blum offers tools to help police officers cope with unanticipated or rapidly changing encounters. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting subject, tedious writing style
This book handles the stresses related to police work, how they affect individual officer's life, and how to overcame the stress. The author is a phychologist who works with police departments in stress-related issues.

I had high hopes towards this book, as I have read a couple of similar books, and they have been mostly interesting to read, shedding light to an important issue. I was disappointed with this book, however, as in places the text is somewhat tedious. It is not too difficult to understand, but it is not very pleasant to read. It is as if the author had forgotten to whom he is writing this book for, as he uses expressions and writing style that you would expect to find in a scientific publication, not in a book aimed for general public. In places the text is much more interesting to read, as if the author had been suddenly excited about the given subject, bringing his enthusiasm into the text.

The text covers both the theoretical aspects of the issue, and there are also some stuff that can be directly put into use (like visualization exercises). The book explains the background and causes of some widely known stressors, which was interesting to read.

If you can put up with the somewhat tedious writing style, the book (the issues presented in the book) is interesting to read. But on the other hand, there are more interesting books on the market, also.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mandatory Reading for Instructors & Supervisors
I just finished this book after adding it to my collection of prep books for promotion (someday). Dr.Blum's prose is detailed and informative, without crossing the line into technical jumbly. Make no mistake: This book should be mandatory reading for all officers at every level. Don't wait until your first traumatic incident to buy this book; get it now and use the preparation techniques described. I only wish this book had been handed out the first day after leaving the protective walls of the academy...

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
This was easily one of the most informative and helpful book I have read since entering Law Enforcement 14 years ago. I highly recommend this book to all officers!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Force Under Pressure.
Took me two days to read it. Took me another two days to re-read it as I was so intrigued with the insights that this psychologist has in our profession. Once I was done, I ordered a copy for every instructor (DT, Firearms, FTO) in our Department. Mandatory reading...

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Text for Police Use of Force Instructors
I have been a police officer for 20 years and a Defensive Tactics Instructor for 17 years, this book highlights the psycological data that has taken me 10 years to learn and condensed it into a easy to read text. This book should be read by all police officers and possibly by all recruits in the academy. It should be a mandatory text to be studied by all police use of force instructors, this includes firearm instructors. Any instructor who is serious about teaching their students effective techniques of survival need themselves to understand the psycological process of a lethal threat encounter and be capable of imparting said knowledge to their students. It is the mind that must be trained and the body will follow. Good work Dr. Blum. ... Read more


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