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The Heart Behind the Badge Paperback – November 8, 2016
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The primary undercurrent in this riveting autobiography is Shipp's relationship with God and his various struggles at points in time, teetering between non-devout and a full-fledged believer in Jesus as his Savior. From his dashed USC football dreams to fighting some personal demons during his LAPD tenure, Shipp highlights religion as a pivotal factor at many decision points in his life.
Some of the most interesting parts of the book are Shipp's LAPD stories. Beyond my interest as an LA area resident intrigued by Shipp's descriptions of his experiences in various parts of the city and the inner workings/culture of the LAPD, there are simply some really interesting tidbits that provide insight into police officer life and the emotional toll it can take.
As a reader, there are certainly times where you sympathize with Shipp while at other times you question some of his decision making. Ultimately, you see a man battling conflict head on and trying to do what's best at various points in the road, especially when deciding to testify against OJ.
While Shipp packs plenty of detail from his humble beginnings in south LA to a life with constant reminders of the OJ trial, there's still the potential for a few of the chapters to be fleshed out a little more, especially when it comes to the OJ trial. Nonetheless, it's a fine autobiography of a very interesting life.