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  • Rise of the Warrior Cop

  • The Militarization of America’s Police Forces
  • By: Radley Balko
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not all police are bad.

  • By A User on 09-29-16

Outstanding

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-26-14

What did you love best about Rise of the Warrior Cop?

This book will change how most people in America view the relationship between police and politicians, and not in a good way.

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  • Jack Kerouac

  • A Few Nights on the Road with Jack
  • By: Deaver Brown
  • Narrated by: Deaver Brown
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Before McDonald's and Holiday Inn, Jack was on the road with his friends, when interstate highways were a novelty and going coast to coast was just for fun. Jack was pre-Vietnam, more 1950s edgy than 1960s politically correct. He loved Keats and Eliot as he sang the praises of the Odes and "The Wasteland", bars and saloons, writers and barkeeps - all about equally, according to the author, who narrates about his short time with Jack on the road.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This recording is INCREDIBLE!

  • By Chuch on 09-10-18

If you're gonna make up a story, make it good...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-13

What would have made Jack Kerouac better?

Stories that were more interesting and/or more believable.

What could Deaver Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He puffs on his cigar every 10 seconds, it became so distracting that I almost forgot to notice how ridiculous the story was. It sounds like he is pausing to blow a kiss to himself in the mirror. "Oh look at you, you handsome devil, who cares if you never REALLY met Jack, this is EXACTLY what would have happened if you did!"

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Please tell me this isn't a book..

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Jack Kerouac?

The part where he pretends to meet Jack Kerouac and then waits 50 years to tell anybody.

Any additional comments?

I have the opposite of Deaver Fever.