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America's Toughest Sheriff: How We Can Win the War Against Crime Hardcover – March 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: The Summit Publishing Group (March 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565302028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565302020
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After 32 years as a federal drug official, Arpaio was elected sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona, an area as large as New Jersey. Confronted with a 10% budget cut and overcrowded jails, he houses prisoners in tents in the desert. Prohibitions are strict: no smoking, no coffee, no nudie magazines, no violent TV shows. There are educational opportunities, but only 30% of the inmates participate. Arpaio instituted chain gangs, composed of volunteers, to do clean-up work; he also organized a civilian corps to assist his department. The mass media have attacked Arpaio as a vestige of a bygone era, but his book, written with Sherman (The Good, Bad and the Famous), makes a strong case that he is a tough, not a cruel, cop. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Joel Galvin on April 5, 2005
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We need more men like Mr. Arpaio. Today the government seems to go out of its way to define and protect "prisoner's rights," while lacking any hesitation to trample over the rights of us law-abiding citizens. Arpaio dispenses justice much like a dispassioned referee does at a football game - if you commit the offense, you recieve a penalty, and your sob stories don't buy you so much as a pillow mint.

His most vocal critic on this forum is someone who professes to be an attorney, but cannot spell properly or use words in their proper context. If you're thinking about buying this book, don't look to those of us who gave it 5 stars. Look to its staunchest critics. A bitterly angry critique that is not well-written - when floating alone in a population of praise - usually indicates that you've found a good read.
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46 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Dan - Seattle on February 14, 2005
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Sheriff Joe Arpaio is one of a kind. The best lawman in the United States. He has two goals: (1)lock up the thugs and do it as inexpensively as possible, and (2) make sure the losers don't want to come back to his jail. Every sheriff and police chief in the country should be required to takes lessons from Arpaio. In this book he explains, in very plain English, how he reaches his goals. Give 'em hell, Joe!!
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 9, 2001
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This book takes a hard look at the criminal justice system in America and makes honest and realistic assesments. It offers proven solutions to the problems faced by law enforcement agencies nationwide. It is well known that people of the liberal persuesion dislike Sherrif Joe Arpaio, but the PEOPLE of Arizona have given him the highest approval rating of any law enforcement official in the country. This speaks for itself.
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40 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1998
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If you want to read the story behind the U.S. Sheriff with the highest approval rating, then this is the book for you. A man that has made being in jail exactly what it should be, a punishment, not a country club with cable t.v and nautilus. Sheriff Joe has sent out a clear and concise message, "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime" The Law abiding citizens of America salute you!
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Movie & Book Customer on February 27, 2006
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Joe Arpaio has secured his place in law enforcement history as an innovator & a worthy public servant. August Vollmer, Sir Robert Peel, & Clarence Kelley now have a new member to their club. All cops & politicians should read & learn from Sheriff Arpaio's book & so should all business managers & executives. Sheriff Arpaio exemplifies unorthodox simplicity in the pursuit of public safety & budget effectiveness. It's no wonder that the liberals hate him!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mat Mclare on March 1, 2014
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Sheriff-if you can even call him that- Joe Arpaio is the cop that everyone fears and hates, or at least should. He leaves prisoners who have not even been convicted of the crimes they were arrested for out in the Arizona desert heat. He believes that all persons arrested are guilty. He left prisoners outside with no a/c in 130+ degree heat. He leaves sex crimes unsolved and recently in the news, he punished more than 30 inmates for taking down the flags he had put in their cells Sioux their consent. Punishment: nothing but bread and water for a week. Forcing patriotism. It's amazing the residents of Maricopa County have reelected him 6 times. Not to mention his ego is so large that he made a book about himself, tagging himself as "America's Toughest Sheriff". Bad cop. Bad ideas. Bad man.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sara Fernandes on March 18, 2013
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I got it for my husband and he loved the book and the Sheriff. He has a great vision of how law enforcement should be like!
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27 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 2004
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Excellent book! We need more Law Enforcement officials like Joe!
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