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Publisher's Summary

The true blue line is not thin

Now mandatory in Police academies, FTO programs, and universities! The number one law enforcement philosophy series.

Written by full-time Police Detective and author Bernard Schaffer, whose new hardback novel The Thief of All Light will be available from Kensington Publications in bookstores everywhere.

Whether you're a hard luck grunt working the street or a white shirt administrator who'd need a GPS to find it, Way of the Warrior is for you.

Equal parts biography and instructional guide, Way of the Warrior focuses on the core of the individual officer: the warrior spirit. It discusses how to successfully uphold the law and not lose your mind in the process.

Contains information on:

  • What it means to protect and serve
  • Training and equipment
  • The eight golden rules of criminal investigation
  • The unsolvable problem of police work
  • Police suicide
  • The culture of law enforcement organizations
  • And much more!

This is a must listen for anyone in law enforcement but will also delight fans of thrillers, mysteries, and true crime.

©2013 Bernard Schaffer (P)2017 Blunder Woman Productions

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🏆🎧 ABR Reviewer's Choice Award Winner

The book The Way of the Warrior: The Philosophy of Law Enforcement by Bernard Schaffer is a teaching biography. It’s an articulate no-nonsense account of one’s journey into the police fraternity and advice on what that can and in Schaffer’s opinion should mean. I want to make clear I have no personal ties to law enforcement, the military, or any profession that might have ever used a gun. However, I have a deep appreciation for an honest story, well told and this is definitely one of those. While James Patrick Cronin was an excellent choice to voice this book, I immediately thought of The Way of the Warrior as the combination of 1) excellent and expert instruction from the bestseller What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People. I also heard in The Way of the Warrior, 2) the often brutally honest storytelling and vivid descriptions from The Bitter Taste of Dying: A Memoir by Jason Smith, a man working very hard to get away from the law. Expert knowledge and excellent story.

Schaffer doesn’t waste time reminiscing about his childhood but includes enough backstory to give us perspective. With over twenty years of experience and a father with another 30 years, the author is more than expert in what it is to be part of a police organization. If someone were to ask, “can someone explain what is happening with the police recently,” it’s Bernard Schaffer.

While some of the reviews and blurbs mark it as required reading for police training programs, this wisdom reaches much further and to a general audience. Whether someone is starting in any career, it’s important to keep out of politics and to focus on finding the mentors you need while enjoying becoming exceptional in a specialty. The “Warrior” title leads to an easy misconception that being a warrior is about fighting, but this book is about keeping the peace in oneself, in one’s department, and keeping one’s honor to the profession through pride in one’s craft.

The police dramas on television do the profession a disservice because they make it seem like each day is one filled with the excitement that keeps an officer prepared at all times. However, there is often tedium that might make an officer leave their bulletproof vest off their body. The routine might lead to forgoing regular practice for when a situation comes that makes clear the officer has not readied for it. Schaffer provides two excellent examples with the illogic of keeping one’s knife on the same side as the holster and another with actually trying to pull a trigger with bulky gloves. “Adapt. Improvise. Overcome,” he writes.

The book made me remember every instance I met a police officer, good and bad, but I want to share one. In a traffic class I was in for going through a stop sign at least a decade ago, I remember the instructor’s words vividly. “Do you know those people who go through red lights, cut you off without a blinker, and speed through school zones?” “Yes, we said” “Doesn’t that annoy you?” “Yes, absolutely.” “Well, you are those people.” Who knows, maybe Bernard Schaffer was that instructor? Few books get it right like this one did. It’s honest in the writing voice with a depth of know-how that makes it a definite must listen. Don’t be put off by the word “philosophy” in the title, it’s not Plato or Aristotle giving some difficult to understand lecture. It’s a really, really smart guy putting in plain English that sometimes people do dumb things and sometimes officers do as well, but here’s why all that happens. It’s street wisdom for the masses.

About the narrator:

James Patrick Cronin is a veteran narrator who has over 200 books on Audible alone. If I hadn’t known that he was narrating, I would have simply said, “wow, this cop’s got a really good voice, he should do voice work.” While I credit Cronin for his reading, he had a really well-written book to read from.

Audiobook was provided for review by the publisher.

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A must read for all law enforcement

With having 20 years of law enforcement experience, I have read and listened to many books regarding mindset, training, case law, etc. This book too it to a new level. I found that I'm already doing most of the things Schaffer speaks of in his book. I was happy to see that in most things we agree. Where he lost me was in his last chapter... however, I respect his choice and decisions. I'm not going to go into what the last chapter is about, so you'll just have to spend a credit and find out for yourself. I think this should be a must read for all new officers.

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Very worthwhile listen.

As an author, I bought this book for research purposes, in order to gain a better understanding of the mentality of law enforcement officers. It certainly did not disappoint. Despite having little interest in the subject, I found the anecdotes engaging and never felt like giving up on it--which I will often do if a book does not interest me.

The narration was very pleasant, and fit the book perfectly. It was perhaps the tiniest bit stilted in places, in the sense that you could tell it was being read rather than seamlessly performed, but this was nowhere near distracting enough to be irritating. I really did like the narrator very much. If not for that minor flaw, I would have given the narration five stars.

I received this book for free at my request from the author, publisher or narrator and have voluntarily left this review.

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Some good stuff, but supports BLM & Atheism

Well, just finished Way of the Warrior, a Philosophy of Law Enforcement. For my L.E.O. friends, I can't recommend it. It does have some good stuff in it, but 2 chapters completely turned me off. He is a supporter of BLM. Now, if he doesn't support those pushing the agenda he fails to say so. He out right says he believes in BLM and if you don't as a police officer, you are wrong. Additionally, if you believe in God (regardless of religion) you cannot be a good, effective investigator. No if, ands, or buts. Here is where he professes there is no God and he is an Atheist. (Of course, he waits for the final charter to say so). That is fine on a personal level, believe how you want. However I am 100% positive there are and have been investigators more successful at the job and with better skills than the author who have strong religious conviction.

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Book was lacking storyline. All “Advice” information.

There was really only a story for the first third of the book. Then it was all advice. Some of it was good. But the majority was really dumb and or common sense. If you believe in god or have many years of LEO experience I would avoid this book. If you want a book full of advice get this one. I won’t be buying any other of his products.

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Eye opening!

A very insightful and blunt look into the mindset of the modern day police officer. As a leo a lot of it comes as obvious, however I did learn a few things I had never thought of before. The last couple chapters had some very hypocritical, ignorant, or maybe just ill informed view points that I don't agree with. To speak about facts and then disregard well known facts about certain highly publicized officer involved killings was nauseating. I still highly recommend it even with those short comings.

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Intelligent and measured advice

This is an outstanding work that strips away any mystique or bravado from discussion of law enforcement and concerns itself only with facts and genuine insight.
Schaffer doesn't claim to know everything on the subject and openly invites scrutiny, but he also backs up his positions with well reasoned arguments that show he has obviously given his every belief deep consideration.
His most controversial positions - on religion and the Black Lives Matter movement - will obviously upset a lot of people, but he just clearly states his position and backs it up with well-reasoned arguments. It's easier for me to say that, coming into this book as an atheist, than for someone who would have to turn their whole world upside down to agree with the author. However in all the reviews that disagree with him on this point, I'm yet to read one that makes as well considered an argument to disprove Schaffer's position.
I highly recommend this book.

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Philosophy?

You might find this book worth reading if you are a cop who:

1. Believes in psychics.
2. Leaves his gun at home while off duty.
3. Thinks certain other Americans are racially inferior.

Other than that, this is not an informative book. I'm troubled, honestly, that this book (at least as advertised) is considered required reading.

Has the state of the average police recruit declined THAT far? Is there a good chance the officer cruising my block is incapable combating peer pressure? Is the Police Chief unaware of his value to the community?

This book isn't full of philosophy. It's pablum. The author goes no further into the meaning or methods of police work than this,"carry tampons to stop bleeding." Does he not even know about the over the counter blood clotting products that are available today?

The author recites mass shooting statistics, rails against bigotry, and derides religion--but he takes the reader no where he or she hasn't been before.

The Way of the Warrior thing confounded me. What's an unblooded cop who spends an inordinate amount of time stabbing water bottles with a knife know about a warrior's way?

At the end of it all, i was left wondering, "Who thought this author had anything to say?"

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Almost a home run

Bernard Schaffer is clearly a passionate officer with great insight in so many areas of the job. I was pleasantly surprised with the overall material Det. Schaffer covered and how much of the book was dedicated to the high level of ethics and integrity to which police officers must be held. Furthermore Det. Schaffer strongly emphasized how no officer can ever be too prepared for the dark reality of finding oneself in an active shooter situation with his sobering list of cases spanning the early 20th century to 2014. However, I simply cannot agree with Det. Schaffers opinion that criminal investigators, who have a belief in God, are immediately unqualified to be fact based case solvers. As he puts it, "You cannot serve 2 masters" you either place your faith in tangible, provable facts or you place your faith in the tooth fairy, both on and off the job. He equated investigators with a faith in God to having the same mind set as believing in psychics and fortune tellers...pretty ridiculous actually. I shouldn't have been surprised to learn in the final chapter, The Red Pill, to learn that Det. Schaffer is a self proclaimed atheist as he spent more time than was needed outlining his tumultuous relationship with his earthly father, also a police officer, often stating his disapproval of his father's beliefs and techniques on the job. That's pretty bad to throw your own dad under the bus with out giving him his own chapter in the book to explain his side.

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loved it

narrator was perfect, a long with all the great information . will be listening more than once.