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Brave Hearts: Extraordinary Stories of Pride, Pain and Courage [Kindle Edition]

Cynthia Brown , Raymond Kelly
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Brave Hearts takes you inside the hearts and minds of fifteen police officers as they go about the difficult tasks of protecting people from harm. Whether gathering intelligence to stop a terrorist attack, conducting an international narcotics investigation, working undercover to get illegal weapons off the streets, tracking a serial murderer, ending a gun battle, or mediating a domestic dispute, the men and women in Brave Hearts give new meaning to the word heroic.

The author's long-term relationships with the police and her unusual access to the people who work in this insular profession have enabled her to take us on a unique and startling voyage into the trenches of the law enforcement world. You will feel the tragic aftermath of 9/11 as first responders to the disaster share their stories never told before.

You will gain unique insights as the women talk frankly about their experiences working in the alpha-male world of the police. You will be there as officers cope with unimaginable violence, cruelty, and sadness. And you will learn about the love and affection that develop between people who depend on one another, at times for their very lives.

If you read Brave Hearts, you will understand why people across the country are saying this book changed the way they feel about the police.

Editorial Reviews


I have just had the pleasure of reading Brave Hearts, a book by Cynthia Brown, that stalwart and perennial friend of the nation s law enforcement officers. Brave Hearts is about some of the people whose lives and causes she has been depicting and defending for many years in her monthly publication, American Police Beat. Although this book is about New York City police officers, they represent the values and commitment of law enforcement officers everywhere. Cynthia is certainly well equipped to write about the service police perform every day. From experiences early in her career in a Boston police station to her ongoing work as publisher of American Police Beat, she knows firsthand the triumphs and tragedies of our profession not just here in New York City but across the country as well. In the pages of Brave Hearts, which is a sort of Profiles in Courage set in the police precincts of New York, the author tells the stories of fifteen officers of various ranks and specialties who repeatedly risk their lives, and in some cases their physical and mental health, to serve and protect the citizens of this city, often doing so, in that time-worn and time-honored phrase, above and beyond the call of duty. These officers are all members of a larger team who work together to save lives, drive down crime, and strengthen our communities. Prior to becoming Police Commissioner, I had the privilege of serving alongside the men and women of the NYPD for almost thirty years in many different commands. Over the course of my career, I continually witnessed the quiet professionalism, compassion, and heroism practiced day in and day out by our law enforcement officers. That commitment, courage, and self-sacrifice have been superbly captured in the profiles of the extraordinary people you are about to meet in the pages of Brave Hearts.
- Raymond W. Kelly Commissioner, New York City Police Dept. --Brave Hearts Foreword

With Brave Hearts, Cynthia Brown, who I have known and worked with for four decades, has written a seminal work about the complexities of law enforcement work. As the reader gets to know the fifteen officers profiled in this book, they are sure to be inspired by their remarkable acts of courage and come away with a better understanding of the complicated challenges inherent in enforcing the law and protecting people from harm. William J. Bratton, former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department and former Police Commissioner in New York City and Boston --American Police Beat Magazine

It's rare to find a book that changes the way you go about your everyday life, but Brave Hearts is one such book. Ever since Cynthia Brown first walked into our office and started talking about the men and women of the NYPD she wanted to profile, our thinking about police officers has changed. The officers who bear their souls in Brave Hearts are ordinary people, no different than you or me, unless it s time to risk their life to save a stranger or get a criminal off the street. They are the ones who run toward the screams when everyone else is running in the opposite direction. Why? Who are these people, really, and what motivates them to take the risks they do? Cynthia s unique access and the interviews that result really get to the heart of the matter and provide insight into the subculture of law enforcement, a generally closed-off and very private group of professionals. Reading Brave Hearts has enlightened the way we think about cops, and about human nature in general.
- Larry Kirshbaum and Lisa Leshne LJK Literary Management

--American Police Beat Magazine

With Brave Hearts, Cynthia Brown has written one of the most sympathetic portrayals of law enforcement I have encountered. The commitment of the people profiled in the book coupled with the enormous risks they take to protect and serve is the --Craig --Craig Floyd

From the Back Cover

"Anyone interested in the police and their unique way of life should read Brave Hearts, fifteen fascinating true stories about cops that dramatically reveal what makes them tick."
-- Joseph Wambaugh

From the pages of Brave Hearts . . .
"I think people would be surprised how many cops worry about the people we have to arrest. When I see someone go off to jail for killing someone, I think, there go the lives of two human beings, the person who died and the person who committed the crime.

The years I worked undercover, there were times I had to be in the suspect's home. If they had little kids, I would look at them and realize that in a couple of weeks, a month, or maybe a year, these children won't have a daddy because I am going to arrest him. You think about your own family, you look at your kids, and you feel their love for you. Then you realize that the little boy whose father you are about to send to jail loves his dad the same way your kids love you. You ask yourself, who is really being hurt? Sometimes you can't avoid the answer. It's the kids who suffer. A lot of people don't dig that deep when they think about police work. If they did, I think they would understand and appreciate us more than they do."

Read Brave Hearts from beginning to end.
You will never look at police officers the same way again.

Product Details

  • File Size: 8575 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0578065894
  • Publisher: Cynthia Brown (November 7, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,061 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Collection December 28, 2010
The author has done my brothers and sisters in law enforcement proud and she has done herself proud. With more than twenty years of representing law enforcement officers around the country since leaving the job in 1990, I consider this book to be a must read by law enforcement officers and civilians alike.

The author found the perfect balance between the modest first person narration of the officers with her own deep understanding of how their actions were of great importance to the citizens they protect. Every bit as important is what those actions did to the officers and their families. Brave Hearts should be required reading by every police academy recruit.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read Brave Hearts January 1, 2011
By cotton
I read Brave Hearts and found the book gripping. I could only read one chapter a day as the stories are so full of heroism and tense situations that one is forced to stop and reflect on the lives involved. The author's mastery of detail is superb . It read like Cynthia Brown was actually present as things evolved. It really is spellbinding. Everyone should know, appreciate and be thankful for these wonderful people. I can not recommend it too highly . A truly five star book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book October 10, 2014
This Book was definitely full of some brave people. I Loved every story in here. The book was about 14 Police Officers who showed tremendous amount of effort while on the line of Duty. Many faced the same big challenge while on duty...the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001. Some of my favorite stories were of:

Rich Miller:
Mike Morra
Sam Panchal
Ann-Margaret Lyons and Pete Tetukevich
Bobby Hom
John Busching
Bobby Johnson
Steve Bonano
Kai Wong
Barry Galfano

These are just the many people who have put their life on the line to protect us citizens. Reading about these people just makes me want to be an NYPD Officer more and more everyday. Especially how some of the officers described what a great passion this was for them since they were small and it's all they live for. That's exactly how I feel for it, and I cannot wait for the day. Overall I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to every Law Enforcement junkie, it's really a motivational book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opening Stories December 30, 2010
I thought this was a great eye opener into the world of law enforcement we seldom if ever are exposed to. It was great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe-inspiring September 21, 2012
A remarkably well written book that will leave you amazed! The book truly honors the men and woman that have taken the oath and vowed to protect and serve the citizens of NYC, quoting the officers throughout the book allows the reader to get a deeper connection with the stories that are being told. It's amazing how these great officers all feel the same way about the job, you'll even notice them being quoted saying the EXACT same thing. HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every American should read this. February 8, 2011
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Using the quotes of the officers themselves, author Cynthia Brown explains and examines the mindset of a hero. The information about criminal gangs, drug cartels and major crimes could only be gleaned from the officers involved and by someone they trust. She is obviously the one they trusted. Brown, editor and publisher of American Police Beat magazine, knows her stuff. Buy two; one for your pleasure and one to donate to your local police department/precinct.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing view of the lives of police officers! December 2, 2010
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An extraordinary depiction of the police officers who work every day to keep us protected. Brave Hearts is an example of the hard work done by police officers around the United States not only in New York. I can't recommend this book enough. It is a must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great but simple book of heroic lives June 6, 2011
By lm
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I cannot put into words how I feel about this book of true NY police stories. Real people, real stories, and real heroes. Blessings and thanks to all in law enforcement and their families. I'm a former New Yorker, and you make me proud!
God bless.
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More About the Author

Cynthia Brown is the publisher and founder of American Police Beat, the nation's largest law enforcement publication with over 250,000 people reading each issue. Cynthia founded American Police Beat in 1994 with the goal of creating a way for law enforcement people to communicate with each other about the most pressing issues and concerns facing their profession. Brown was inspired to undertake this project after working for several years for the Boston Police Department doing a number of varied tasks including facilitating meetings between beat cops and residents in one of the city's most crime-plagued neighborhoods. Bill Bratton, former police chief in Boston, New York City and Los Angeles was her boss. For several years she published a neighborhood newsletter for Boston's five police districts.

Cynthia is also a founding member of the Police Union Leadership Seminar, a three day annual event run in conjunction with Harvard University that is attended by the presidents of the largest police associations in the country. In 2009, at Cynthia's invitation, Attorney General Eric Holder came to Cambridge to speak to the participants and answer questions about the Obama administration's agenda for the Department of Justice. In 2010 Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Security also came to Harvard to speak to the police association leaders at Cynthia's invitation.

In 2006 Cynthia was awarded the prestigious "Jack Webb Award" by the City of Los Angeles for her service to the law enforcement profession in California. Previous Jack Webb Award winners include California Senator Dianne Feinstein; former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Daly; former California Governor Pete Wilson, Jay Leno, Jack Nicholson; and Steven Bochco the creator of Hill Street Blues, LA Law, and NYPD Blue.

She is the recipient of many awards for her work including the most prestigious honor in law enforcement, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund's Distinguished Service Award. Former recipients have included several U.S. Senators, and former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush.

Perhaps the most dramatic example of Cynthia's commitment to public safety professionals came after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. When it became apparent these storms were going to be a total disaster for hundreds of law enforcement agencies and tens of thousands of officers, with Sheriff Mike Brown of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department in Virginia, she organized an effort that raised over $4 million dollars in cash and equipment for the local police and sheriff's departments who had been devastated by the hurricanes.

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