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My Father's Gun: One Family, Three Badges, One Hundred Years in the NYPD

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  86 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
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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Michael
Dec 15, 2008 Michael rated it really liked it
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
Sheri St.
Mar 11, 2015 Sheri St. rated it liked it
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
Nichole
Jul 16, 2009 Nichole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs
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.
Carrie
Feb 05, 2009 Carrie rated it really liked it
Shelves: essays-memoirs
Interesting but ultimately not really gripping tale of three generations of cops in NYC. If I could I would have given it 3.5 stars.
Barb
Jan 14, 2010 Barb rated it liked it
A little hard to read - very detailed and wordy. But really interesting story and look into "cop culture".
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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.

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