Law & Disorder: The Chaotic Birth of the NYPD

Law & Disorder: The Chaotic Birth of the NYPD

Nineteenth-century New York City was one of the most magnificent cities in the world, but also one of the most deadly. Without any real law enforcement for almost 200 years, the city was a lawless place where the crime rate was triple what it is today and the murder rate was five or six times as high. The staggering amount of crime threatened to topple a city that was expe...

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Title:Law & Disorder: The Chaotic Birth of the NYPD
Author:Bruce Chadwick
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Edition Language:English

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  • Sandra
    What a fantastic book! Both my husband and I read this one and we both really enjoyed it! As I was reading this book, set in New York in the nineteenth century, I could actually picture it in my mind and got a glimpse into the chaotic disorder of this time before any real law enforcement was in plac...
  • Donna Hines
    The chaotic disorder during the 19th Century in NYC left quite the impression in this new work by Bruce Chadwick.Law and Disorder showcases just some of the stress and strain that police during that time had to endure on a daily basis in one of America's most beloved cities.During a time of major un...
  • Sharon
    Fascinating. It seems a lot of what went on back in the late 19th century is much like what has happened recently. Favoritism, bribery, gang wars, attacks by police as well as on police were an everyday occurrence. The infamous Tammany Hall ruled the day and influenced elections. "Critics of Tammany...
  • Bill Lucey
    Bruce Chadwick, former New York Daily News reporter, presents a breezy and colorful look inside the New York Police Department in the 19th century, before there was a police force, but just a loose and disorganized group of blundering constables.In “Law & Disorder: The Chaotic Birth of the NYPD...
  • Papaphilly
    Law & Disorder: The Chaotic Birth of the NYPD is an interesting read, but a bit of a misnomer. Well written and well researched, Bruce Chadwick writes the history prior to the formation of the New York Police Department; the chaotic times prior and during the early years of the NYPD. Lots of tidbits...
  • Lizabeth Tucker
    A close look at how New York City moved from ineffectual constables to a professional police force. The author discusses the backstory of policing in America, how riots were a major force behind the changes. Most major cities were dealing with riots about almost everything and anything, from aboliti...
  • Adam
    I received an advanced readers copy from Goodreads Firstreads Giveaways, so this review only pertains to that edition.Having said that, I hope they made significant organizational changes. The book is full of interesting information, but to call it the Birth of the NYPD is kind of misleading. The ma...
  • Natalie
    The concept of the book is interesting but the execution is lacking. The timeline is not entirely linear and there is chaotic jumping from one topic to the next, even within the same paragraph, creating a disjointed feeling. Certain issues are brought up again and again with no real progression or r...

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