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From gangsta rap to gang wars and everything in between....

Former Compton police officers Tim Brennan and Robert Ladd have seen it all....

And now, they're telling all....

For 20 years, gang unit detectives Tim Brennan and Robert Ladd patrolled the streets of Compton. They witnessed the birth and rise of gangsta rap with acts they knew personally, such as N.W.A and D.J. Quik; dealt firsthand with the chaos of the L.A. riots, its aftermath, and the gang truce that followed; were involved in the investigations of the murders of hip-hop stars Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G., and were major players in an all-out tug-of-war with City Hall that ultimately resulted in the permanent shut-down of the Compton Police Department.

Through it all, they developed an intricate knowledge of gangs and the streets and a methodology that has been implemented by local law enforcement agencies across the country. Their compassionate and fair approach to community policing earned them the respect of citizens and gangbangers alike.

This story - told with best-selling author Lolita Files, whose research with Brennan and Ladd has spanned over four years - is a firsthand glimpse into a world during an era many have heard about in song and legend, but have rarely had the opportunity to witness at ground level, from the inside out, through the eyes of two men who witnessed and experienced it all.

©2018 Robert Ladd, Tim Brennan, Lolita Files (P)2018 Robert Ladd, Tim Brennan, Lolita Files

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Horrendous narration

Was looking forward to hearing the story of these guys. However the narrator was so atrocious I couldn’t listen. It’s read like a high school student giving a speech. No inflection, monotone, same cadence throughout. Authors rarely do a good job narrating their work. Very disappointing.

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good story, writing is mediocre

concept of the book is really good although I'm having a very hard time getting into the story as the author's writing style just doesn't match with how I would expect the story to be told, I find the authors reading of the book unbearable

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Information

some of the information was cool... such as on how one of the police got his nickname...other things such as 2 Pac I already knew due to the underground the day after 2 Pac got shot.

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Non stop action

This book is amazing, classic ghetto tales in the eyes of a cop. 🔥Must have.

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Terrible narration

This narator succs..you gotta use urban narators for urban stories this chicc sound corny as hell..smh

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  • 09-11-19

Name drop much?

Not for me at all! I can do without a "book" full of name dropping.

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Well, this is an Interesting account of events... maybe factual about CPD,but not quite factual when speaking of the other agencies.

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Great read

Very interesting story. Moves along very well and it definitely keeps you interested. Very good insight and at times it’s hard to believe that this is a true story. Highly recommend it.

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  • 02-10-21

Black propaganda. Absolute load of shite

If you want to be told blatantly that your a racist for being white then this book is for you m. This BLM activist talks about micro aggressions and continually says things a white personal would be executed for. Last but not least this black author talks about young black men being killed by police but at no point talks about the biggest threat to young black men ...... other black men !!! Facts, something this book has none of