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NYPD Confidential: Power and Corruption in the Country's Greatest Police Force

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  79 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
For years, the police commissioner and the mayor have duked it out for publicity, credit, and power. Some have translated their stardom into success after leaving office, while others have been hung out to dry. NYPD Confidential reveals the battles for power that have led to the city's most infamous corruption cases. Filled with amazing details of backroom deals and larger ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2009)
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Robert Gonko
Jun 30, 2014 Robert Gonko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While doing research for my next novel I came across this book. I thought it would be pretty informative but I was not prepared to get caught up in it. Not only is it a gripping read, but it blows the lid off of things I'm sure the NYPD and others in NYC would prefer to keep quiet.

In addition to exposing the kinds of underhanded activity that's gone on for years in the NYPD, Levitt tells the reader the truth about people like Rudy Giuliani, Michael Bloomberg, and several NYPD police commissioner
Henry Yan
Jun 06, 2013 Henry Yan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 12th-grade
Leonard Levitt strongly argues that there is misconduct and corruption in the NYPD. He supports his arguments with factual evidence dating as early as the 20th century. Some instances that highlighted the misconduct and corruption within the NYPD was in 1984 and 2000. In 1984, 10 women and children were gunned down execution-style at a house located in Brooklyn's 75th precinct.This event became known as the Palm Sunday Massacre. During the press conference following the massacre, Police Commissi ...more
Oct 18, 2011 Drake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled upon Levitt’s blog after he reported on the NYPD’s profiling of mosques and student groups. The Confidential illuminates a harsh spotlight on the darker side and abuses of the NYPD. The reporting is solid, taking the role of an insider within the upper corridors of power, from the white shirts, all the way to the mayors themselves. Levitt points out the triumphs, failures, personal egos, and pettiness that run through any organization. But being the NYPD, it’s so much more interesting ...more
Jan 19, 2015 Teddee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: criminal-justice, nyc
A fun read. Great insider's view of the policing beat for a reporter as well as some great anecdotes of some of the machinations at the nypd. A valuable perspective that extends across multiple administrations and police commissioners.
Feb 25, 2016 Marc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An inside look into the upper levels of the NYPD. Very interesting read, especially for anyone from New York.
Nov 28, 2015 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read. Certain personalities will never be the same to me ie Guiliani.
Expose by a veteran cop reporter, of the top levels of NYPD. Levitt concentrates on the Guiliani and Bloomberg administrations and shows a certain amount of sympathy for the PD. Not a nice guy, Mr. Guiliani. A rare glimplse into the dangerous and unknown world of a big city police force.
ej cullen
All the names are here: Giuliani, Bloomberg, Kerik, Kelly, Anemone, Ward, Timoney,Safir, Pineiro, Miller, Bratton, Brown, Maple, Lategano, Guido, Cohen, Borselli, and on and on. Interesting but could have been a better book.
Jun 29, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: nyc-non-fiction
Pretty good look at corruption and collusion in the NYPD, focusing on different police commissioners and their relationship with the media and the mayor.
Sean Hopkins
A behind the scenes lok at the inner workings of the NYC Police Department.
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Leonard Levitt was born in 1941 in New York. He attended Woodmere Academy and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1963. From there he went into the Peace Corps, serving in Tanganyika (now Tanzania). He later graduated from the Columbia School of Journalism and has since written for Newsday, the Associated Press, the Detroit News, Time Magazine, and the New York Post.
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