Consider the Source?

I’m reading a pretty interesting book called Blue Blood. It’s a memoir written a few years back by a Harvard-educated New York City cop Edward Conlon (who also wrote the New Yorker’s “Cop’s Diary” column under the name Marcus Laffey).

I have the paperback edition, which means that the first three or four pages are devoted to positive reviews and testimonials to the book. One in particular caught my eye:

There are too many lame books about being a police officer written by people who haven’t spent a single day in uniform or on the streets. Blue Blood is real, authentic, true. Beautiful and inspiring, terrifying and heartbreaking. It is a great book.

It must have made Conlon very proud to receive such high praise, except for one small detail.

The source of that quote is James Frey.


pheiticeira

Perhaps it doesnt matter much that it came from him... its only due to the fact that everyone knows his backstory that he is questionable... what about the other reviews of the book by unknowns (or relative unknowns... as in local newspaper critics)?

Ike Pigott

Did you buy the book, or borrow it from the library?

crazyED

There are too many lame TV Shows about being a police officer too.. Try this one, if you haven´t seen it: "the shield". Really authentic drama show, too bad i canßt watch it only on dvd here in germany :(

I´ll give blue blood a try!

Pat Bateman

Sounds like a good book, that James Frey quote is a 9 on the unintentional comedy scale.

The Shield is alright, but it is all about "The Wire" on HBO.

tiabla

If you liked "Blue Blood", you will love "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets" by David Simon. It's one of the best books I've ever read.

After you devour that 900 page book in a day or two, set aside a week to rent the first 3 seasons of "The Wire" on DVD. Not only is it the best cop show ever made, but it is the best show on television, period.

LHammons

I wish to post a comment about the book Freakonomics, but I cannot find a space to do this on this website. I found a very large logical error in the book:

"In Switzerland, every adult male is issued an assault rifle for militia duty and is allowed to keep the gun at home. On a per capita basis, Switzerland has more firearms than just about any other country, and yet it is one of the safest places in the world. In other words, guns do not cause crime."

Although every Swiss adult male is given a gun, the bullets are all locked up. So people have guns, but no one can use them.

Therefore, I believe this example should be removed from the printed text.

Mack

Therefore, I believe this example should be removed from the printed text.

I can loan you an eraser...?

daan

Re LHammons' point:

They could use the back of the gun to batter someone to death ;)

junie joy

Blue Blood. This book was written like a diary, just alot of facts and talk talk talk from the Aurthor but very little interaction with other people. It is the hardest book i have ever tried to read, didn't finish it.

pheiticeira

Perhaps it doesnt matter much that it came from him... its only due to the fact that everyone knows his backstory that he is questionable... what about the other reviews of the book by unknowns (or relative unknowns... as in local newspaper critics)?

Ike Pigott

Did you buy the book, or borrow it from the library?

crazyED

There are too many lame TV Shows about being a police officer too.. Try this one, if you haven?t seen it: "the shield". Really authentic drama show, too bad i canßt watch it only on dvd here in germany :(

I?ll give blue blood a try!

Pat Bateman

Sounds like a good book, that James Frey quote is a 9 on the unintentional comedy scale.

The Shield is alright, but it is all about "The Wire" on HBO.

tiabla

If you liked "Blue Blood", you will love "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets" by David Simon. It's one of the best books I've ever read.

After you devour that 900 page book in a day or two, set aside a week to rent the first 3 seasons of "The Wire" on DVD. Not only is it the best cop show ever made, but it is the best show on television, period.

LHammons

I wish to post a comment about the book Freakonomics, but I cannot find a space to do this on this website. I found a very large logical error in the book:

"In Switzerland, every adult male is issued an assault rifle for militia duty and is allowed to keep the gun at home. On a per capita basis, Switzerland has more firearms than just about any other country, and yet it is one of the safest places in the world. In other words, guns do not cause crime."

Although every Swiss adult male is given a gun, the bullets are all locked up. So people have guns, but no one can use them.

Therefore, I believe this example should be removed from the printed text.

Mack

Therefore, I believe this example should be removed from the printed text.

I can loan you an eraser...?

daan

Re LHammons' point:

They could use the back of the gun to batter someone to death ;)

junie joy

Blue Blood. This book was written like a diary, just alot of facts and talk talk talk from the Aurthor but very little interaction with other people. It is the hardest book i have ever tried to read, didn't finish it.