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My Father's Gun - One Family, Three Badges, One Hundred Years in the NYPD (99) by McDonald, Brian [Mass Market Paperback (2000)]
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Plume
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This book is an inside look at the New York Police Department viewed through the lives of three generations of the McDonald family. Brian McDonald intertwines the history of his maternal grandfather, his father, and his brother with the story of the NYPD from the days of Tammany Hall to the modern day NYPD. While at the same time illustrating his book with the sorts of war stories about life as a cop that give readers an insider's feel, the reader get to learn and understand the strengths, ...more
McDonald gives accounts of his grandfather (maternal), father and brother's experiences in the NYPD. He recounts some of the history of the NYPD and the corruption that colored its early years. McDonald's grandfather was not involved in the corruption though it was rampant. McDonald's father also served in the NYPD and advanced up the ranks and was a detective and squad commander. He writes about his relationship with father as well as his own thoughts about becoming a policeman. Finally, ...more
A very interesting history of a family's service; the cop talk and stories are vividly told. A bit too heavy on the history (I wanted more memoir), and the stories felt a bit disjointed at times-- other than the familial connection and chronolty, there didn't seem to be a larger narrative arc bringing them all together.
Along with writing books, I frequently freelance for magazines and newspapers including the New York Times Proof blog. I also teach journalism and memoir writing.More about Brian McDonald...
(From his website)
(From his website)