Radley Balko is a good writer, and this book is very well put together. However, there are a great many problems I have with this book, unfortunately I have no answers to fix them.
Chief among them is that Radley is an author, not a cop. He takes anecdotal stories, unverified accounts, dubious and out of context statistics, and stuff that (if true) any cop would tell you is stupid police work, and paints them as the norm. It's simply not the way it is. If you're not a cop you'll have no context in-which to judge his statements. After all, it is a compelling story. If I wrote a book about the news industry, all the research in the world wouldn't get me the in-sights that Balko has. All the stats, research, and talking to old cops in the world doesn't even begin to come close to the realities of the streets.
I've worked in the field for many years and spent a good amount of time training through out the country. 80% (that's not exactly a scientific number) is absurd or out of context. He put a lot of work into this, but it's painting a picture of law enforcement from a person that apparently has never spent a day as a cop. He's never spent time doing the thing he's criticizing, so how accurate can it truly be?
I'd like to introduce Radley to the concept of the "Availability Heuristic." Simply because you remember an report of a "botched" warrant, video of excessive force, or any other problem law enforcement officer, doesn't mean it is a prevalent as we think.
Balko's book is extremely misleading and is somewhat of a bible to the police militarization crowd. He may not be anti-police, but he is very much a "hater." The only way to counter this is to write a book, about all the fallacies that he writes about in this book.
If you're on the fence, this book is very in-accurate and one-sided, but well written. Unfortunately there is no one to explain the other side of the argument.
If you're in the anti-cop or police militarization crowd, this has to be an awesome book.
If you're a cop or law enforcement professional, you'd be remiss in not reading the depth of mis-characterization and damage that a well spoken, well respected but off-base author can do.
Very easy to understand and apply for the layman (me). Very fascinating to listen to.
I hate to be so critical, but this book is written for people that have no clue about business and the direction they're heading in. If you are serious about business and looking to tap the instagram market, look elsewhere. This book is hoakey.
I have an apparel business that I'm trying to grow. If this book was a bit more serious, I could use it. I need to sharpen my ax on instagram and these suggestions are just silly.
Performance is too bubbly for the infuriating suggestions.
No. Most books do, they have that one gem that makes it worth it. Sore I paid $5 for this.
Maybe I misread the summary, but man, this is some amateur stuff. The summary should reflect it. You have serious business people looking for tips and the come across this, they may feel deceived.Unfortunately, I bought it blind since my new update to my phone wouldn't play a sample.
This guy has the knack for making the most obscure details of life funny. My favorite are the conversations during his French classes. It was great.
I'm a social networking idiot, and Gary has put it into perspective. I understand the basics of social networking, but haven't done it like he has. I'm going to use his experience, instead of re-inventing the wheel.
Decent information, but for a guy with a small business, nothing I can take action with.
Good stuff for a Joe Blow who does his own design and marketing.
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