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The former chief of the Los Angeles Police Department describes his life and career as head of one of the world's largest police forces. He looks back at the headline-making events in which he played a pivotal role: the Watts riots, shootouts with the Black Panthers and the SLA, the investigations into the death of Marilyn Monroe and the assassination of Robert Kennedy, and the infamous video-taped beating of Rodney King.
©2009 Daryl F. Gates; (P)2009 Phoenix

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  • JOSEPH
  • Bonners Ferry, ID, United States
  • 06-11-12

Ex L.A. Police Chief Gates remembers

When looking around Audible for the availability of programing pertaining to and about the recent anniversary if the Rodney King event, I was surprised to see that this book was available.

As I'd never read or heard it before I gave it a try as I had lived in Southern California during all the happenings then and remember much of Daryl Gates in the news from back then.
I actually must say I was disappointed in this book and wished there was the unabridged version available too, as while much was discussed, not too much was gone into in any real depth.
He talks about his career in law enforcement, working through the ranks, intermixed with the problems his own son had dealing with drug addiction and having to deal with that as well as all the civil unrest during that era. I am just glad I never lived in the L.A. area!

Overall though the book is good, I think especially if you lived in the Southern Calif area during that time to give his story some foundation. Gates is a pretty good reader of his own book and as I said earlier, if it had been more in depth and told more of the story I would have liked it better.

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  • Jeff
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 03-14-16

Outstanding! Wish is was longer.

This is a great book, and well narrated too. I would be happy to see an expanded version, which is probably not possible since the author has passed away.