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"Crash" Oscar award winning Director Paul Haggis: "One Time" was one of the most inspirational books I've ever read. -- Variety Weekend Magazine Jan 12, 2006

From the Author

One Time is more than a book. It is my soul. The publishing of this book changed my life in that I was forced to give up my career, friends and a culture that I was a part of for ten years.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Cool Jack Pub; 1 edition (December 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890632007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890632007
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #631,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am a former Los Angeles Police Department patrol officer. I worked for the LAPD for 10 years.

I became a police officer because I sincerely wanted to change the community where I lived.

I write about the culture of violence in the Los Angeles Police Department, not about racial issues.

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It is full of spelling errors and is generally a badly planned and written book.
Jeff Fain
Very well written and a must have for the "want to be cop," especially African-American prospects.
Jeff Chambers
And thinking after watching one episode of "Cops" think they know everything about police work!
George Gong

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 1998
Format: Paperback
I read the book One Time with great appreciation and admiration for the young officer who worked in the inner city and for minority officers. The book depicts the inner most feelings of what it is like being an officer in Los Angeles. Law enforcement is sometimes frustrating, demamding, stressful and rewarding, which Mr. Bentley sucessfully displayed. The book also gave us a sample of how they are precieved and treated by the commnity and each other. It is unfortunate that this young, eager, and educated man was not allowed to be the kind of officer that he initally wanted to be, and to make a differnce in his commnity. Because of the prejudices, bureaucracy, politics and unethnical behaviors within the department,there will be many officers like Mr. Bentley who will be burned out by the system.
I recommend this book to all potental police officers and their families. A must read book!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1999
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I very much enjoyed reading this book. It was very easy reading and went very quickly. While the author had some very interesting stories to tell, however, I think the publisher did him wrong for publishing it as is. There are a lot of editing mistakes and typos within the context that at times can make it somewhat difficult to follow. However, despite these mistakes, I highly recommend the book to anyone who is interested in law enforcement, especially in L.A. I'm sure it would be an eye opener. I never realized how violent a city L.A. could be.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 1998
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Interesting book with real life drama and tells sories most cops are brainwashed not to tell! The author deserves respect from the black community and beyond for his style and heart to challenge the LAPD and the gangs from the mean streets of West and South Central Los Angeles.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 11, 1999
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Having grown up in S/C LA and also a retired Police Officer, this book give you the real world experience. This book will take you from one extreme to the other. You will laugh, cry and be very afraid. Because it is all so very true. Somebody needs to make this into a movie, Quick. Oprah needs to read this book
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1999
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One Time is a hardcore and realistic look at the police. The author's writing style kept me interested and I am not a big reader. Since reading the book, I now look at police officers differently.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 1998
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One Time is an excellent account of the life of a young African American on the LAPD force. Reading the book, you feel like you are on patrol with officer Bentley. You feel the rush of the chase of a dangerous suspect and the excitement of the arrest. But you also feel the pain of Bentley's disappointment of not being able to bring about the change in his community he was so desparately seeking when he joined the force eight years ago.
The book would make a fascinating movie.
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By Ace41K on April 17, 2014
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This book is the truth. Still going on in 2014 it represents the future! There were some grammer mistakes, but does not change the fact that this book is the truth. This is what African Americans experience at every job. This book was so close to heart, I had to look at the author on the cover to make sure it wasn't me who wrote this book. We are twins from 2 different time zones experiencing the same exact thing. People giving this book 1 star obviously are uncle toms or not African Americn
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A revealing first person perspective inside the LA police department. It is a side of being a police officer that we generally don't see, but reading it makes the police brutality events that we see on the news more understandable.
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