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The New Centurions

Joseph Wambaugh Available Here
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Subcategory: Fiction
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In a class of new police recruits, Augustus Plebesly is fast and scared. Roy Fehler is full of ideals. And Serge Duran is an ex-marine running away from his Chicano childhood. In a few weeks they'll put on the blue uniform of the LAPD. In months they'll know how to interpret the mad babble of the car radio, smell danger, trap a drug dealer, hide a secret, and-most of all-live with the understanding that cops are different from everyone else. But for these men, these new centurions, time is an enemy. The year is 1960. The streets are burning with rage. And before they can grow old on this job, they'll have to fight for their lives...

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    rescuejoe, Wed, 07 Nov 2007 18:44:12 UTC.
    1st review

    The book looks at a group of new cops as they work their way through the academy, during their time as probationary officers and then jumps forward to later in their careers. The story is told about calls they take on duty and the life the live off duty. Even though the story takes place in the 1960s and how we do things have changed in Police work much of the story will remind officers of what they saw, did and felt the first few years.

    A good read for anyone looking to become an officer. A fun read for older officers.

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    trusty, Wed, 07 Nov 2007 21:28:57 UTC.

    This is the book that started it all. The frst look a what police work is really like. I read it over 35 yrs ago when I first started on the job and its still relevant today

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    jskinner_2033, Thu, 08 Nov 2007 11:03:02 UTC.

    This Sounds Like It Would Be A Great Action Book To Read.

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    bad_LT, Mon, 19 Nov 2007 08:02:05 UTC.

    Exelllent writer

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    Vegas_Heat, Thu, 22 Nov 2007 20:01:24 UTC.

    Excellent! All of his books are must read, but be warned, once you pick the book up you won't be able to put it down.

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    Retleo, Thu, 29 Nov 2007 06:36:44 UTC.

    Raw, Gritty, and funny, as only Wambaugh can do it. A must read for anyone working Patrol. Wambaugh was one of us, he writes with the sense of one who has "Been there, done that, got the T-shirt".

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    Chris_Cosgriff, Wed, 19 Dec 2007 15:28:24 UTC.

    I've only read the Onion Field by Wambaugh, which was excellent. I'll have to get this one and read it over the holidays.

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    wtb, Mon, 24 Dec 2007 01:52:41 UTC.

    This was a required read when I was in college. I got so caught up in the story that I was reading ahead of where the class discussion was. I found it years later and re-read it. Because of this book, I read other Joseph Wambaugh books. Great writing and great stories

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    cplbrendalhiggs, Fri, 04 Jan 2008 23:20:37 UTC.

    Hey, what cop or cop-to-be didn't read this book in the 70's! I read this one in the summer of '75 and was in the police academy by 1980 soon after turning 21! If anyone was shocked by the authenticity of the 80's Hill Street Blues or the 90's NYPD Blue - they apparently were never exposed to a Joseph Wambaugh story! This was no Dragnet or Adam-12! This book was written about the "other" side of police work - the untold stories that officers only discussed when the statute of limitations was up! I recommend this one, "The Blue Knight," "The Onion Field" and "Glitter Dome." I might just have to go find a copy of the book now - since I haven't read it in 30 years! BLH

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    dlbtcpd3, Tue, 08 Jan 2008 05:07:08 UTC.

    By far the greatest police writer ever... This book was good and his other books are just as good

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    MaeWest131, Wed, 23 Jan 2008 00:08:39 UTC.

    Anything by Joseph Wambaugh is excellent!

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    leomemorial, Thu, 07 Feb 2008 03:18:45 UTC.

    This is an excellent book by a very talented author. I read it in one day.

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    12345678900123, Wed, 13 Feb 2008 03:36:09 UTC.

    Good book and Great Writer...

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    bfelton, Tue, 19 Feb 2008 05:28:02 UTC.


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    Sheepdog267, Sun, 02 Mar 2008 20:49:39 UTC.

    An excellent novel that is as fun to read today as it was when I read it in the hospital in Okinawa in 1974. A reason many officers chose this career field.

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    brooklynsergeant, Sun, 02 Mar 2008 23:01:36 UTC.

    I read this book when it was first published, in fact I still have the "Hard Cover," first printing edition on my bookshelf. It is a close to real life as you can get from a book, the accounts by Joseph Wambaugh of his academy class must reflect in the in this writting. A great read, then and now.

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    gabbo30, Tue, 04 Mar 2008 00:41:35 UTC.

    Great book anyone interested should also read The Onion Field.

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    aaa111, Tue, 25 Mar 2008 22:27:57 UTC.

    Wambaughis a good writer!

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    kgbacon, Fri, 02 May 2008 00:26:56 UTC.

    One of the first "cop" books I read. Good all-around reading.

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    Adam12LA, Mon, 12 May 2008 05:05:02 UTC.

    Great book! The first "police" book I ever read. I remember my father talking about it with his partners at work. All of Wambaughs books are classics and must reads for officers.

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    jswk9, Fri, 16 May 2008 08:38:17 UTC.

    I used to make my trainee read this so the could see how their lives's would change. One of the best cop books written.

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    DFrost, Mon, 19 May 2008 01:01:41 UTC.

    First book I read by Wambaugh. It's made me read everything he's written since then.
    Captures "the street" like no other author.

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    Taffy, Tue, 20 May 2008 14:43:13 UTC.

    I loved this book. Have to get another copy, read mine enough over the years it sorta died.

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    Anonymous, Tue, 20 May 2008 14:45:20 UTC.

    Excellent. Also recommend the other two that he wrote while still working on the LAPD, "The Blue Knight" and "The Choirboys"

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    cgingo, Tue, 03 Jun 2008 13:17:33 UTC.

    Another great Wambaugh story.

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    mstrts1, Sat, 21 Jun 2008 04:38:07 UTC.

    This is a CLASSIC!

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    Anonymous, Wed, 25 Jun 2008 18:30:00 UTC.

    I could not put this book dwn!

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    Phinfan39, Thu, 10 Jul 2008 19:48:54 UTC.

    Very good book.

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    luke3302, Sun, 10 Aug 2008 22:44:44 UTC.

    Just read this book for the first time. Awesome book.

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    Rowy, Wed, 24 Sep 2008 10:01:05 UTC.

    Great Book one of Wambaugh's finest. Even though it is set quite a while ago you can still relate to it in a very personal way.

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    rdperry, Fri, 10 Oct 2008 18:08:39 UTC.

    Read this a long time ago. Very Good.

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    JimJ269, Tue, 21 Oct 2008 04:19:10 UTC.

    The best fictional police book ever written, except anything else by Wambaugh. ANY Wambaugh book is great

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    forensicsmom, Sat, 03 Jan 2009 23:26:00 UTC.

    it was not one of his best and i have read them all

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    Sgt_524, Thu, 08 Jan 2009 03:17:05 UTC.

    Tells how the young and innocent are corrupted by the realities of the job.

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    SOARTMAR, Wed, 04 Mar 2009 14:53:11 UTC.

    This is a classic story of cops in L.A. during the sixties. Wambaugh's first books were both entertaining and educational.

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    Anonymous, Fri, 04 Sep 2009 07:30:57 UTC.

    Wambaugh's first trhee books were great,after that they became dull.Red all his works.

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    twoliver, Tue, 08 Sep 2009 21:27:52 UTC.

    one of Wambaugh's best. His first few were pure greatness, unfortunately it didn't stay that way.

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    larrycop, Fri, 29 Jan 2010 21:11:44 UTC.

    This was the first Wambaugh book I read. Great narration of what happens to cops from a cop who has been there.

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    Anonymous, Wed, 15 Sep 2010 02:34:37 UTC.

    Read the book and saw the movie. Both were great

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