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Tom Walker is a fourth-generation police officer. In 1976, he published the gripping Fort Apache: New York's Most Violent Precinct, a landmark exposé on urban violence. After 21 years of service, Walker retired from the New York Police Department with the rank of captain. Walker worked in risk management and occupational heath before retiring in 2004. Tom and his wife, Mary, live in the Bronx.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Rooftop Publishing; Anv edition (October 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600080766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600080760
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,021,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great book can't wait to read the sequal.
Arod
A year later i was standing in the same spot as Paul Newman did during the filming of the movie.
Matthew Brennan
Easy read, well-written, and gives a great taste of life in the Bronx in the 70's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D.R. Doc Shope on February 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a book that I read about thirty years ago when I was a rookie police officer on a large county department. My copy has been lost these many years, so I am glad to see it back in print. I recall that the story was so riviting that I could not put it down. The action was grity and non-stop. There was real "cop humor" of that time. It captured the almost unreal drama of police work at a time, when only the few tactical teams that existed wore ballistic armour and carried rifles. Portable radios barely got reception for a few blocks (on a good day). We carried wooden nightsticks, flap saps or black jacks, handcuffs, a six-shot revolver and our patrol cars had shotguns with 00 Buck. We relied on our mobile radios, pay phones, and even call boxes. There were no PCs, only rotary dial phones, teletype machines, typewriters and carbon paper. Hard to believe that these were the tools of the trade a relatively short time ago. Back to the "story"; it was a scary time to be a cop (some things never change). Police Officers were often ambushed with bottles and bricks from rooftops, unruly mobs and even shot in the back for no reason other than wearing "blue" and a badge. Do not confuse this book with the film "Fort Apache the Bronx" starring Paul Newman. Although I am an old Newman fan, the movie was a stinker; NOTHING EVEN REMOTELY resembling the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jonny irish on September 20, 2013
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I recommend that you read this book, that you spend a nice sunny day walking around the neighborhood that made up that precinct you will not recognize it now things change. But it's always good, to go back to one of these paperbacks and journey into the proverbial ghetto. Police work, is dull 90% of the time unless you're stationed in a precinct like Fort Apache when you go to work you have a strong chance of being seriously injured or losing your life. If you survive you can go on to get an agent and write a book about your experiences this still goes on today if there's any doubt just look at the current roster of books available under the same tried-and-true format. A book comes to mind that made it to the bestsellers lists sometime in the last three years, about an officer's experience on the lower East side I think the title was like alphabetville or something anyway it's the same show just a different episode but this particular one Fort Apache is one of the originals. I recommend that respectfully Johnny Irish
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This book really paints a picture of an extremely violent and turbulent time in New York City. There are endless tales of the precinct station house being attacked and officers calling a 10-13 (Officer in danger). I couldn't imagine working under the conditions that the officers in the South Bronx had to endure daily. A good read. It's easy to read the paper everyday and get the idea that things are worse than ever. In some ways that's true, however, this book is a good reminder that crime and outright lawlessness are nothing new. This was a time of real turmoil for many different reasons. Hats off to the cops that did their jobs and did their best in the most demanding area of the City.
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Strangely I saw the movie version of this book on a Saturday night and on a Monday morning I received my letter to start processing for the next Police Academy class. A year later i was standing in the same spot as Paul Newman did during the filming of the movie. I worked with author Tom Walker's daughter Mary as a Sergeant in the 13th Precinct. Check out my e-book NYPD A Routine Dead On Arrival based upon my first three years on the job. Matt Brennan
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By Linda Scholz on March 8, 2014
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I really liked the book,hard to put down the author has written it very well,hard to believe it was like this,it wasnt that many years ago.
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By Big Fan on November 3, 2013
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The book was well written, with many good tails of a tough city during a tough time. A good read.
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By E. Kaywork on April 21, 2013
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Iwould like every one ,that likes mysteries and "COPS" to read Robert Daley..... I like to guess the killers ,,,, He weaves the stories perfectly ... I think I have read them all . Eleanor Kaywork
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By Amazon Customer on January 15, 2013
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The story of the 4 1 in the South Bronx is one to learn from and gain insight into the War Year of the '70s.
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