Vigilance: My Life Serving America And Protecting Its Empire City

Paperback | September 6, 2016

byRay Kelly

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UPDATED PAPERBACK EDITION INCLUDES BONUS Q&A WITH RAY KELLY

"Powerful ... the longest-serving police commissioner in New York City's history sketches a remarkable arc. This is the inspirational story of a milkman's son who worked as an elevator operator to help pay for his college education and then methodically crafted a 43-year career with the NYPD that eventually included a law degree, a master's from Harvard's Kennedy School, two different tenures running the NYPD and, most significant, a sustained and successful record defending New York from global terrorism in the aftermath of 9/11." ---Washington Post

Ray Kelly grew up on New York City's Upper West Side, a middle-class neighborhood where Irish and Puerto Rican kids played stickball and tussled in the streets. He served as a marine in Vietnam and soared through the NYPD ranks in decades marked by poverty, drugs, civil unrest, and a murder rate that, at its peak, spiked to over two thousand per year. In his first stint as commissioner, Kelly oversaw the police response to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and spearheaded programs that would help usher in the city's historic drop in crime.

Eight years later, in the chaotic wake of the 9/11 attacks, Mayor Michael Bloomberg tapped Kelly to be NYC's top cop once again. Believing that the city could not afford to rely solely on "the feds," Kelly succeeded in transforming the NYPD from a traditional police department into a resource-rich counterterrorism-and-intelligence force.

In this "blunt, proudly unapologetic memoir" (Wall Street Journal), Kelly reveals the inside stories of his life in the hot seat of "the capital of the world"--from the terror plots that nearly brought a city to its knees to his dealings with politicians, including Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama as well as Mayors Rudolph Giuliani, Bloomberg, and Bill DeBlasio.

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NEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLERUPDATED PAPERBACK EDITION INCLUDES BONUS Q&A WITH RAY KELLY"Powerful ... the longest-serving police commissioner in New York City's history sketches a remarkable arc. This is the inspirational story of a milkman's son who worked as an elevator operator to help pay for his college education and then methodically ...

With fifty years in public service,Ray Kellyis one of the world's most highly esteemed law enforcement leaders. A forty-three-year veteran of the NYPD, Kelly served in twenty-five different commands before being named police commissioner in 1992. Kelly was again appointed in January 2002 by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, making Kelly the lon...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:September 6, 2016Publisher:Hachette BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316383783

ISBN - 13:9780316383783

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"Vigilance offers an intimate view into the life and career of one of America's finest leaders and how he transformed the NYPD after 9/11 into the world's most effective counter-terrorism police force, which continues to protect New York City today."-#1 New York Times-bestselling author of Against All Enemies and former National Coordinator for Security and Counter-terrorism