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Cops, Their Lives in Their Own Words by Mark Baker (1985)

 

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Cops:  Their Lives in Their Own Words
by Mark Baker

Publisher:  Simon and Schuster
Copyright:  1985
Book Club Edition

What is it like to be a cop -- to risk your life at a job most people wouldn't take for triple the salary?  To find out, Mark Baker spoke to the only people who can tell us -- cops themselves.  He interviewed more than 100 police officers across the country, in big cities and small towns, white and black, female and male, rookie and veteran.  And, as his in Nam, his best-selling book of oral memoirs by Vietnam vets, Mark Baker lets his subjects speak for themselves.

When cops talk about their own lives, the stories are more fascinating than any prime-time TV show.  Here are idealism and selflessness, fear and anxiety, prejudice and cynicism.  There are tales of heroism, corruption and brutality.  Uninhibited, unorthodox and outrageously real, these cops take us into their private and personal worlds to tell us what it feels like to shoot someone or to be shot at.  They describe the boredom and tedium of their jobs as well as those unforgettable few moments of horrifying, heart-stopping danger.  They tell us what they think of themselves, their fellow officers, criminals and the rest of us.  They describe their many frustrations and their occasional triumphs.  In graphic, intimate and honest detail, these stories about cops by cops show us the flesh-and-blood people inside the uniforms.

Emotional and compelling, Cops gives us a portrait not only of the police but of American society.  With the rich variety of police officers speaking in their own voices, it may offer us the truest picture of police life that we will ever have.

Condition:  Used.  Hardcover.  Dust cover is lightly discolored and shows shelf wear.  Pages are tanning from age.  Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper.

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