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    Hello everyone, I'm currently in college and interested in law enforcement but not sure if that what I'll major in yet, but its a strong possibility. I work in security right now its a really boring job and I work nights so was wondering if anybody had any good suggestions for books to read? Any good law enforement, true crime, murder mystery books you've read? or any books on any topic you found worth the read? thanks...

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    A couple good books...

    Not necessarily about "law enforcement" per se, but you might find them useful. You can find any generic college text to read about being a cop, but experience always beats study in that area. I have enjoyed each of these and found that they had a certain something to offer:

    LAW/COPS & BADGUYS

    Scalia Dissents
    Original Intent
    Slouching Towards Gomorrah
    Coercing Virtue
    The Supreme Court
    Cops
    Bloodletters and Badmen

    MORALITY, CHARACTER, LEADERSHIP

    Our Sacred Honor
    The Death of Outrage
    Vital Remnants
    Machiavelli on Leadership
    Robert E. Lee on Leadership
    The Emperor's Handbook

    GENERAL READING

    Liberty Versus the Tyranny of Socialism
    Hyperspace
    Understanding Physics (Asimov's)
    The World's Great Letters
    The Analects of Confucius
    The Quran
    The Old Testament
    The New Testament
    Who Killed Homer?
    The Conspiracy of Ignorance
    Born in Blood

    SETS THAT ARE PROBABLY IN YOUR LIBRARY

    Encyclopedia Britannica's Great Books (54 volumes... I'm still plodding along through them years after I started!)
    The Harvard Classics (The choices from our side of the Pond!)
    The Story of Civilization
    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

    Now, if you are allowed to listen to MP3's (or can manage to do it!) while you walk around, then I highly recommend that you go to the Teaching Company's website and look at their available courses. Each of their lectures is 1/2 hour long, and some of the courses are 30 to 45 hours in total. The lecturers are fantastic, and they have courses on just about every subject you can imagine. If you have an interest in languages, then I would give the same recommendation for the Pimsleur series (in any language).

    I could go on, but if you made it this far without me putting you to sleep I'll be surprised! Good luck!

    BOWG
    Lighten up Francis!

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    • #3
      The two best books I've read, and they're both sizable, are Ken Follett's "Pillars of the Earth" and "World Without End". They take place in the medieval era, he makes it very believable and brings the era to light. I wasn't really interested in the middle ages but the books are so well written, the characters so realistic that it's hard to stop reading.

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      • #4
        Any book by Ann Rule is good....she's a true crime writer.....

        Another good book Im trying to find time to read right now is Signal Zero by George Kirkham....the problem with that book is its out of print, so you might want to try to find a copy on ebay/amazon/or search the web or try the library to read it. But worth it.
        'Evil always wins when Good does nothing'-Anonymous

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        • #5
          Starship Troopers is an excellent scifi adventure as well as some darned good political commentary and theory.

          Homicide is a very good "True Crime" book - a journalist spends a year with a Baltimore homicide unit.

          I'll take a look through my personal library and find some more suggestions for you!

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          • #6
            World War Z...specially if you have time to read it at night in a dark building with nobody else around LOL.

            Angels of Death
            Under and Alone
            No Angel
            Iceman
            The Black Hand
            The Godfather

            Anything by David Baldacci
            Deadfall by Robert Liparulo

            I'm too tired to think of anymore LOL

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            • #7
              Law Enforcement Books:
              Under and Alone : by William "Billy" Queen
              No Lights No Sirens : by Robert Cea
              Eleven Days and Known Dead : By Donald Harstad

              K-9:
              Canine Reflections : By Duffy Lueder
              K-9 Cops : By Richard Rosenthal

              Mudrer Mystery:
              Murder on the Orient Express : By Agatha Christie
              And then there were none : By Agatha Christie

              Sci-Fi
              Any of the "Halo" Books
              Into the Bermuda Triangle : By Gian Quasar
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              • #8
                Originally posted by BaldOldWhiteGuy View Post
                Not necessarily about "law enforcement" per se, but you might find them useful. You can find any generic college text to read about being a cop, but experience always beats study in that area. I have enjoyed each of these and found that they had a certain something to offer:

                LAW/COPS & BADGUYS

                Scalia Dissents
                Original Intent
                Slouching Towards Gomorrah
                Coercing Virtue
                The Supreme Court
                Cops
                Bloodletters and Badmen

                MORALITY, CHARACTER, LEADERSHIP

                Our Sacred Honor
                The Death of Outrage
                Vital Remnants
                Machiavelli on Leadership
                Robert E. Lee on Leadership
                The Emperor's Handbook

                GENERAL READING

                Liberty Versus the Tyranny of Socialism
                Hyperspace
                Understanding Physics (Asimov's)
                The World's Great Letters
                The Analects of Confucius
                The Quran
                The Old Testament
                The New Testament
                Who Killed Homer?
                The Conspiracy of Ignorance
                Born in Blood

                SETS THAT ARE PROBABLY IN YOUR LIBRARY

                Encyclopedia Britannica's Great Books (54 volumes... I'm still plodding along through them years after I started!)
                The Harvard Classics (The choices from our side of the Pond!)
                The Story of Civilization
                The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

                Now, if you are allowed to listen to MP3's (or can manage to do it!) while you walk around, then I highly recommend that you go to the Teaching Company's website and look at their available courses. Each of their lectures is 1/2 hour long, and some of the courses are 30 to 45 hours in total. The lecturers are fantastic, and they have courses on just about every subject you can imagine. If you have an interest in languages, then I would give the same recommendation for the Pimsleur series (in any language).

                I could go on, but if you made it this far without me putting you to sleep I'll be surprised! Good luck!

                BOWG
                +1.......
                "Abandon your animosities and make your sons Americans." - Robert E. Lee, 1865

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                • #9
                  I know this is a little "outfield" but anything by Dr. Wayne Dyer for self help and motivation. I haven't read all of his stuff so take "anything" into consideration but books "Excuses Be Gone" "Manifest Your Destiny" "The Power of Intention" "10 Secrets for Sucess and Inner Peace" are very good for the soul

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                  • #10
                    I'm going to have to check some of these out!
                    RIP Sgt. Joe Bergeron, We will surely miss you.

                    - EOW 5/1/2010 -

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                    • #11
                      Under and Alone by William Queen (currently reading awesome)

                      Just finished "Lone Survivor" by Marcus Luttrell, it is about the operation redwing and seal team 10. one of the best books out there IMO.

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                      • #12
                        Just finished Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson. It's Franklin's detailed autobiography that's well written and follows him from his youth through his contribution in the Revolutionary War and up to his death. There is nothing boring about this book.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DARE_SUPPORTER View Post
                          Under and Alone by William Queen (currently reading awesome)

                          Just finished "Lone Survivor" by Marcus Luttrell, it is about the operation redwing and seal team 10. one of the best books out there IMO.
                          Check out No Angel by Jay Dobyns if you're enjoying Under and Alone...another great UC book.

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                          • #14
                            Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll have to see if I can pick some of these up this weekend. I saw someone mentioned John Grisham. I just finished his Innocent Man and found it pretty good, especially since I'm from Oklahoma and have been to all those towns.

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                            • #15
                              Vertical Run, by Joseph Garber, for a great "guy book" you won't be able to put down.
                              If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.

                              ---Jack Handey

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