• by Ray Kelly
  • Narrated by Ray Kelly
  • 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Two-time New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly opens up about his remarkable life, taking us inside 50 years of law enforcement leadership, offering chilling stories of terrorist plots after 9/11 and sharing his candid insights into the challenges and controversies cops face today.
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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Law and Order

Ray Kelly served as Police Commissioner of New York City longer than any top police officer in NYC history. Mugged in Central Park as a third-grader Kelly was sent on a life of fighting crime. Kelly tells about his early life, his time in the Marines serving in Viet Nam and joining the NYPD. He went to the police academy and rose through the ranks holding all the ranks. He tells of his education and obtaining his Doctor of Jurisprudence from St John’s Law School.

Kelly tells about when he first became Police Commissioner under Mayor David Dinkins during the crack plague and when murders in the City hit 2245 in 1990—three times the toll in 1967. Mr. Kelly devised the strategy; City Hall found the money for more police and the crime wave began to ebb. Kelly champions aggressive policing especially the tactic known as “stop-and-frisk”. Kelly tells of his challenges and accomplishments as Commissioner under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Much of the book tells how Kelly transformed the NYPD into an antiterrorism force; he created an intelligence division and a counter- terrorism bureau. He tells of the 16 terror plots against the City that were thwarted on his watch. Ray Kelly narrated his own book.
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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."

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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- Andy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-08-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio