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5.0 out of 5 stars Not the Autobiography You May Be Expecting, May 30, 2010
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This review is from: Beat Cop to Top Cop: A Tale of Three Cities (The City in the Twenty-First Century) (Hardcover)
Police work is as much art as it is science. From reading people to quickly figuring out solutions to very difficult problems, it takes a special type of person to make it from the lowest rungs of a police department to the highest rungs. John Timoney is one of the few people that has the skills to operate within large police departments and make significant changes along the way.

Timoney has not written a typical autobiography, and for that I am thankful. He does discuss various aspects of his career, starting when he was a police trainee and extending through his time as the Chief of the Miami PD. While detailing his career he does include some of the highlights and more memorable moments of a life time fighting crime. In most instances, though, he correlates the moment in his career with a lesson about police work. From shootouts, to violent protests, Timoney always explains why it was an important event and what could be (and was) learned from it.

One of the more refreshing aspects of the book is his acknowledgement that he is human and makes mistakes like the rest of us. Too many books of this type highlight only the positive events and decisions without discussing the mistakes and errors. Timoney, on the other hand, is more than willing to discuss his mistakes and what he learned from making the mistakes.

The book was very well written, with the occasional slip of police lingo making appearances now and again. It is refreshing to find a police officer who can write with the ability that Timoney can. At times the book reads like a novel and is always interesting. This book will appeal to a broad range of readers, from the police buff and historian to current ranking officers that would like to learn the magic that was behind Timoney's successes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, July 16, 2010
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Chief Timoney does an excellent job outlining, not only his career, but also providing a vivid picture of the best in law enforcement along with the struggles of being a top cop. He holds nothing back and yet he emerges as a true professional.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, March 22, 2013
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Gripping book and told through the eyes of one tough cop...puts the reader in the front lines of policing in some of the toughest cities in America...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Book from a great cop., January 6, 2013
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For those of us who had the Honor of working in the NYPD when Chief Timoney was still in the NYPD, this book is a good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, June 29, 2014
This review is from: Beat Cop to Top Cop: A Tale of Three Cities (The City in the Twenty-First Century) (Hardcover)
interesting
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for LEO's, September 10, 2014
This review is from: Beat Cop to Top Cop: A Tale of Three Cities (The City in the Twenty-First Century) (Hardcover)
This book was great. I would hope that Chief Timoney will publish more books and possibly teach some leadership classes.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beat Cop to Top Cop, February 4, 2013
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I was a member of the NYPD when Timoney was there. He was a a top notch guy who should have been the PC when Bratton left.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BIG JOHN T., April 22, 2011
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I KNEW THE SUBJECT OF THIS BOOK PERSONALLY, FOR MANY YEARS. IT MADE THE READ MOST INTERESTING, AND VERY FACTUAL.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real top cop, August 1, 2010
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A wonderful career narrative by a truly great cop. I worked with John in the 44 back in the 70's and know some of the characters. The stories are true.
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