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

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  76 Ratings  ·  10 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, ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 20th 1998 by Random House
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Lewis Weinstein
Dec 05, 2011 Lewis Weinstein rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
Amy
Apr 26, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
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
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Bill
May 06, 2009 Bill rated it liked it
Shelves: biographical
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
Mike
Sep 08, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 28, 2013 Khayer Chowdhury rated it it was amazing
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
May 04, 2011 Ben Whetstone rated it really liked it
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
Jan 03, 2013 Patti Hart rated it it was amazing
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.
Chris
Mar 28, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it
interesting and useful insight into the behind-the-scenes aspects of running police departments.
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