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Rise of the Warrior Cop Audiobook
Rise of the Warrior Cop
Written by: 
Radley Balko
Narrated by: 
William Hughes
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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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    Eric 10-31-15
    Eric 10-31-15
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    "One-sided anti-law enforcement publication."
    What disappointed you about Rise of the Warrior Cop?

    The author states the book is not a "bash on the police" book. So, I was really looking to hear some great relevant information. Nope, just a biased one-sided perspective of how bad cops got because of political scare tactics and power hungry police officers.


    What was most disappointing about Radley Balko’s story?

    The worst part is, he attempts to over qualifies himself so as to appeal to those who would otherwise see right through his BS. Typical educated liberal fool perverting the true to impose his agenda.


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

    Sound. Actually did pretty good too. I'd listen to him again.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Rise of the Warrior Cop?

    The entire book.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time. Don't get me wrong. Cops aren't infallible. However, I was hoping to receive a balanced perspective of the issues plaguing society and law enforcement. I was trying to gain intelligent insight, not an anti-law enforcement, make all drugs legal campaign. Radley, you've lost credibility amongst me and those I intend on sharing my opinion with. Ta ta!

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    jamal lewis 10-09-15
    jamal lewis 10-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "mind blown!!"

    This was an amazing book! I came away with a better understanding of the mentality of why police are hated, and why they hate.

    1 of 2 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


    2 of 4 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 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Calgary, AB, Canada 12-08-13
    Dan Calgary, AB, Canada 12-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A One-Sided Anti-Police Rant"
    Would you try another book from Radley Balko and/or William Hughes?

    Balko opens the book by saying that he is not anti-police. He then spends the next 13 hours painting American law enforcement as knuckle-dragging, power-tripping, buffoons. He does this by using out-of-context statistics along with highly opinionated, one-sided, accounts of police negligence, misconduct and brutality.

    I'm a Canadian police officer and I actually agree with almost all of Balko's recommendations at the end of the book. Getting to end without shutting it off was the tough part. The first portion of the book is a painfully dry, historical account of US state and federal politics as they pertain to drug laws and no-knock entries. Balko then moves into story after tragic story of bumbling, bloodthirsty cops conducting raids on the homes of innocent people and how it destroyed their lives.

    There are many things that American police can and should be doing better. However, this message was completely lost in the delivery.


    12 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Mark W Hensler 10-08-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Great look at the militarization of the Police"
    What made the experience of listening to Rise of the Warrior Cop the most enjoyable?

    Excellent narration, good content, good anecdotes


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The statistics


    What about William Hughes’s performance did you like?

    Very consistent


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

    The massive increase in SWAT raids for nonviolent warrant service


    Any additional comments?

    This book will change the way you look at law & order and crime and punishment in america.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Henderson, NV, USA 01-17-15
    Daniel Henderson, NV, USA 01-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Well written, but extremely naïve."
    What would have made Rise of the Warrior Cop better?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    William S. 07-16-15
    William S. 07-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "fantastic "

    Narrator is excellent, book should be read by all Americans who care about the future

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Sorensen 06-03-15
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    "excellent and well put together"

    this book imparts a great deal of well researched and important information. I. really wish we could get the policy makers to understand the problems that Balko has highlighted.

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

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

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful

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