Chief: My Life in the LAPD
Gates also discusses his fight against L.A.'s violent street gangs, his feud with the ACLU, and the secret files he is rumored to have kept on numerous prominent citizens. He speaks openly of his painful and troubling relationship with his son, Scott, a convicted felon and former heroin addict, as well as the personal impact that the Rodney King case has had on his own life. And he presents his seven-point program for keeping our streets--and all of us who walk them--safe. During his forty-three years as an L.A. cop, Gates has been bitten by a street hustler, protected presidents, crossed swords with politicians, and gone to the mat with the media. A powerful friend and ally, he is also a formidable and unforgiving foe. But whether recalling his tough working-class childhood, reliving his days as a beat cop on L.A.'s meanest streets, or setting the record straight with an old political rival, he always speaks his mind. Chief is as controversial and candid as the man himself.
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With all the bad press Gates has gotten over the years, I wasn't really expecting a good memoir. I was pleasantly surprised how good of a book it is. He covered a long, interesting career; he made a difference and his points of view make sense. I enjoyed it.
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