The Lost Son: A Life in Pursuit of Justice

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Thorndike Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 704 pages
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When terrorists destroyed the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard B. Kerik was at the scene within moments. In the ensuing months, he helped Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani coordinate rescue efforts and rebuild a shattered city, reassuring all Americans with his quiet strength and leadership. But September 11 was only the most visible in a series of extraordinary challenges Kerik has faced. From the tough streets of a New Jersey town to Colombia's cocaine fields, from Rikers Island to New York City, Kerik has dedicated his life to fighting injustice -- as a jail warden, beat cop, decorated undercover narcotics detective, and commissioner of the largest municipal police force in the world. But his most personal battle came when he pursued the greatest unsolved case of his life -- the tragic mystery of his mother, who abandoned him more than forty years ago. This is his astonishing, touching, and ultimately inspiring story.

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Great autobiography about a real life person who had the tenacity to overcome great adversity and become a true hero! Read full review

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Part One THE DREAM 1 New York May 2001
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Bernard B. Kerik was appointed the 40th police commissioner of the City of New York by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani on August 21, 2000. Prior to his appointment, he served as commissioner of the Department of Correction. He served with the New York Police Department in both uniformed and plainclothes duty for eight years, and was awarded the prestigious Medal of Valor, among many other awards for meritorious and heroic service.
Before joining the NYPD, Kerik served as warden of the Passaic County jail, the largest county adult correctional facility in New Jersey. Kerik spent three years in the U.S. Army as an MP, assigned to Korea and to the 18th Airborne Corps, where he trained Special Forces personnel at the John F. Kennedy Unconventional Warfare Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
His memoir, "The Lost Son" received the Books for a Better Life Award in 2002.

Recently appointed chief of Homeland Security by President George W. Bush, he lives in New York City.

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