To Protect and to Serve: The LAPD's Century of War in the City of Dreams Paperback – September 25, 2003
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About the Author
- Publisher : Figueroa Press (September 25, 2003)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 497 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0972762558
- ISBN-13 : 978-0972762557
- Item Weight : 1.65 pounds
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A number of other reviewers complain about Domanick's bias and snark. Don't listen to them. This is an opinionated work, sure, but every statement of fact is substantiated in the endnotes. There's no way to write about this episode in history without being opinionated. Domanick tells his story from every point of view; he's snarky but the book is not biased. Other reviews complain that this isn't a general history of the LAPD. Well, it's just not. There are plenty of those available for those who want them, but this book only traces the antecedents of the riots. That's all it does, and it does it definitively. It's an essential work for anyone who wants to understand the modern history of Los Angeles.
The book is engaging and enlightening, and the long-standing issues/problems within LAPD management are obvious from the facts presented by the author. However, the author's obvious bias, sarcasm and anti-police slant discredit the facts and attempts at establishing objectivity. The author should have respected the words of Dragnet's iconic LAPD character, Officer Joe Friday ... "only the facts, nothing but the facts."
I often felt that his historical accounting of the LAPD was so tainted by his personal bias, I became dubious reading accounts of legitimate LAPD abuses. The diatribes directed at conservatives, an oppressive US government, Reagan, etc. felt forced and misplaced. He should have let the facts speak for themselves ... they would have spoken louder.
My impression, contrary to some of the reviews posted here, is that Joe Domanick has focused on the facts and is not pursuing a political agenda. Much of what he says has been proven by recent events and makes sense in the light of the Rodney King case and its aftermath, as well as the O.J. case. His criticism is focused on the leadership and structure of the LAPD, rather than on characterizing individual officers as inherently bad. Ignore the right-wing screeds and give this book a try.
Too many unsubstantiated comments turned this book into just another "axe to grind" slam against the LAPD. Comments such as (found in Part 5 Circling the Wagons, Chaper 2 The Protege)"And in the years to follow it would be his policies-along with Ronald Reagan's war on the poor..." is one example of his use of unsubstantiated claims found through out his book.
This could have been a great book if he focused on "just the facts" and backed his personal comments & opinion with facts.