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The son of a milkman and a Macy's dressing-room checker, Ray Kelly grew up on New York City's Upper West Side: a middle-class neighborhood where Irish and Puerto Rican kids played stickball and tussled in the streets. He entered the police academy and served as a marine in Vietnam, living and fighting by the values that would carry him through a half century of leadership - justice, decisiveness, integrity, courage, and loyalty.
Kelly soared through the NYPD ranks in decades marked by poverty, drugs, civil unrest, and a murder rate that, at its peak, spiked to over 2,000 per year. Kelly came to be known as a tough leader, a fixer who could go into a troubled precinct and clean it up.
In the chaotic wake of the 9/11 attacks, newly elected mayor Michael Bloomberg tapped Kelly to be NYC's top cop once again. After a decade working with Interpol, serving as undersecretary of the Treasury for enforcement, overseeing US Customs, and commanding an international police force in Haiti, Kelly understood that New York's security was synonymous with our national security. Believing that the city could not afford to rely solely on the feds, he succeeded in transforming the NYPD from a traditional police department into a resource-rich counterterrorism-and-intelligence force.
In this vital memoir, Kelly reveals the inside stories of his life in the hot seat of the capital of the world - from the terror plots that nearly brought a city to its knees to his dealings with politicians, including presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama as well as Mayors Rudolph Giuliani, Bloomberg, and Bill DeBlasio. He addresses criticisms and controversies like the so-called stop-question-and-frisk program and the rebuilding of the World Trade Center and offers his insights into the challenges that have recently consumed our nation's police forces, even as the need for vigilance remains as acute as ever.
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By Andy on 10-07-15
it's no secret
Ray Kelly lays out the steps he took and the department he led to keep the bad guys from winning the war. In a clear and understandable way, Mr. Kelly explains what he did and why he did it. The results speak for themselves. As always, having the author read the book is a added bonus.
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By Robert on 02-20-16
A man of integrity, in a challenging World.
Interesting perspective on various aspects of US history, Terrorist, community policing, and current events. I really enjoyed the last chapter, where he summarizes, using the principals guiding him, on recent events (2015). Overall, an impressive story of one man's journey through the American experience. Would like to see a book on Leadership and management, from Ray Kelly.
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