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Rise of the Warrior Cop Audiobook

Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces

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Publisher's Summary

The American approach to law enforcement was forged by the experience of revolution. Emerging as they did from the shadow of British rule, the country's founders would likely have viewed police as they exist today as a standing army and therefore a threat to liberty. Even so, excessive force and disregard for the Bill of Rights have become epidemic in America today.

According to civil liberties reporter Radley Balko, these are all symptoms of a generation-long shift to increasingly aggressive, militaristic, and arguably unconstitutional policing - one that would have shocked the conscience ofAmerica’s founders.

Rise of the Warrior Cop traces the arc of US law enforcement from the constables and private justice of colonial times to present-day SWAT teams and riot cops. Today relentless "war on drugs" and "war on terror" pronouncements from politicians, along with battle-clad police forces with tanks and machine guns, have dangerously blurred the distinction between cop and soldier. Balko's fascinating, frightening narrative shows how martial rhetoric and reactionary policies have put modern law enforcement on a collision course with the values of a free society.

©2013 Radley Balko (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Jon Minneapolis, MN, United States 10-09-13
    Jon Minneapolis, MN, United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Even pro-police should read this book."
    What did you love best about Rise of the Warrior Cop?

    The stories alongside a rich fact base.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Colorado school shooting where SWAT refused to enter building for fear of their officers being hurt. Irony for SWAT to not enter a school full of kids, the entire point of SWAT.


    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Darrell Moore 09-23-16
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    "Anti-Police, Hard to consider the Info"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you are totally opposed to policing in American this book may be for you.


    What was most disappointing about Radley Balko’s story?

    The most disappointing part of this book was the obvious one sided nature of the book.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle Garwood 05-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Terrible"

    The author says it's not an anti-cop book but it couldn't be further from the truth.

    7 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Steven 12-05-13
    Steven 12-05-13
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    "SWAT teams not always your friends..."
    If you could sum up Rise of the Warrior Cop in three words, what would they be?

    Police state overreach.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book that is very provocative. If you are a big fan of civil rights and the Bill of Rights, this book is sure to get your blood on boil. This is the kind of reading that should be nearly mandatory at some point in the education of our kids. There is a problem with the police profiting from drug enforcement...this is big business on the highest order. A great book. Starts off a little slow with history and references, but builds to a much more interesting pitch in the latter 75% of the book. Very much enjoyed.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick A. Shaffer 09-26-15
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    What disappointed you about Rise of the Warrior Cop?

    Listened to this book for 30mins or so, it is very bias against police and the growing need for their tools and tactics against the evolving criminal element in this country. not what i thought it would be.


    What was most disappointing about Radley Balko’s story?

    Not what i thought it would be


    Would you be willing to try another one of William Hughes’s performances?

    No thank you


    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Propaganda!!!"

    Narrator does a good job keeping listeners engaged. Unfortunately the propaganda is based on loose facts that are presented from a one sided argument.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    J. Kiess Raleigh NC 01-03-16
    J. Kiess Raleigh NC 01-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent examination of what is wrong with police"

    Really excellent look at how various factors have all contributed to the emergence of an unaccountable, aggressive, and corrupted culture that has become all too normal across the country.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    C. A. T. 03-30-14
    C. A. T. 03-30-14
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    "Don't let the title fool you!"

    This is not an anti-law enforcement audio. It's a very well documented and researched case driven historic painting that moves from the earliest days of law enforcement and the money and corruption driving it to become a "police state lite". It's scarey and factual it leaves little doubt where we are headed and how close to being a closed society we are today. The blatant corruption and lack of responsibility of law enforcement agencies committing crimes that others would be put away for life, is just insane.

    Needs to be listened to.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Russ 11-25-13
    Russ 11-25-13

    Mn transplant from california. Computer geek online seller, who loves hiking, hunting, sailing, singing and writing music.

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    "Well researched, Facts, figures, call for change"
    What made the experience of listening to Rise of the Warrior Cop the most enjoyable?

    More calls to action. ways to stop this out of control growth more.


    What other book might you compare Rise of the Warrior Cop to and why?

    Control


    What does William Hughes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    good inflection, high lighting facts in a book are much easier to pull up latter. Hi Hi. :-)


    Any additional comments?

    Call to action and ways to make change.... Maybe a followup book?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael SHIPPENSBURG, PA, United States 11-23-13
    Michael SHIPPENSBURG, PA, United States 11-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Detailed and well researched."
    If you could sum up Rise of the Warrior Cop in three words, what would they be?

    Cops aren't military.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rise of the Warrior Cop?

    The evolution of policing. Nothing shocked me since I've been anti-drug war since I was 17. If anything, I was more impressed by how this really stayed on message of the function of policing and influences on it even when it touched on more sensationalizing topics like drugs.


    Which character – as performed by William Hughes – was your favorite?

    Bobby


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Hard to pick, he goes into everything from the founding fathers to Nixon.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was mentioned by a judge that is a member of L.E.A.P. as being an excellent book in a youtube video I watched earlier tonight. I've been listening to it for hours and have found it more impressive than I'd hoped.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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