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The Turnaround: How America's Top Cop Reversed the Crime Epidemic

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  67 ratings  ·  9 reviews
When Bill Bratton was sworn in as New York City's police commissioner in 1994, he made what many considered a bold promise: The NYPD would fight crime in every borough...and win.It seemed foolhardy; even everybody knows you can't win the war on crime.But Bratton delivered.In an extraordinary twenty-seven months, serious crime in New York City went down by 33 percent, the m ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 20th 1998 by Random House
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Lewis Weinstein
One of the best management books I've read. Describes how Bratton improved street policing in the NYPD, focusing on preventing crime rather than solving crimes. His method starts with crime statistics by neighborhood. Then he makes police officers responsible for reducing crime in their territories. Simple ... and brilliant.
Apr 27, 2015 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Amy by: Mr. Easely
I can offer no better review than my professor's words: "It's a good book, but nobody loves Bratton like Bratton loves Bratton."

The Turnaround: How America's Top Cop Reversed the Crime Epidemic is a helpful book on management and a glimpse into the police world. In fact, so much of this book intrigued me that I decided to push it from three to four stars because of that elusive sense of potential. But to get to that potential, you have to deal with Bratton. And Bratton loves Bratton. Unfortunat
The fact that this is listed under the co-author and not Bill Bratton suggests to me that this book is indeed the fleecing of once of the greatest law enforcement minds in America. The brains behind the turnaround of NYC during the Bratton regime was Bill Bratton and the staff he surrounded himself with. The glory hound exemplified in the book is Rudy Guiliani. I can't attest that Bratton wasn't in it for the glory, but Guiliani made sure Bratton didn't get any regardless. I believe credit where ...more
The story of Bill Bratton and how he led the crime turnaround in New York City. I recommend this as a companion read to Rudy Giuliani's book to gain a balanced picture of two American public icons who weren't always in sync in their efforts to salvage America's largest city.
Khayer Chowdhury
Jun 12, 2013 Khayer Chowdhury rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Students of criminology, law, security studies, sociology, policing, etc
This is a highly-engaging book for those interested in the development of modern policing. Bratton provides an in-depth analysis of how his team was able to transform policing in America resulting in some of the lowest crime rates in modern American history.
Ben Whetstone
I thought it was an excellent police management book. It chronicled the historic drop in crime in the 90's brought about by more efficient operations and concentration on quality of life issues.
Patti Hart
Read this book to help a friend with a paper for college. Was reluctant at first but this is actually a good book if you enjoy reading biographies.
interesting and useful insight into the behind-the-scenes aspects of running police departments.
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