{ePUB} SerpicoAuthor Peter Maas – Mariahilff.de

Strange that I haven t written my review of this book before Oh well better late than never even five years later No point in re hashing the whole Frank Serpico legend again Except that Serpico comes across as very self righteous and with a bit of a martyr complex to boot, but I suspect that isn t unusual for whistle blowers Perhaps an individual who decides to take such a big risk needs to be that way because there is no guarantee that anyone will listen to them when it s taking place and Strange that I haven t written my review of this book before Oh well better late than never even five years later No point in re hashing the whole Frank Serpico legend again Except that Serpico comes across as very self righteous and with a bit of a martyr complex to boot, but I suspect that isn t unusual for whistle blowers Perhaps an individual who decides to take such a big risk needs to be that way because there is no guarantee that anyone will listen to them when it s taking place and there is a very good chance that they will be alone when it s all over with.It is also obvious as noted by other reviewers that Mass had a bit of a man crush on Frank Serpico It s easy to see that Maas thought that Serpico was just great The counterculture cop obviously won over the white bread establishment writer Anyway the book is a bit of a slog and I found it tedious at times I eventually skimmed through the last third of the book since it wasn t holding my interest This is one case when the movie is definitely better than the book Watch the movie I have Many times Hell I own it The book I donated to my local library for the tax credit.UPDATE July 2015Alright I have to be honest I found myself rethinking my original review Truth be told I find Frank Serpico s story interesting, but I also believe he s a fanatic I don t like fanatics and I started to wonder if my personal feelings caused me to be unfair to Mr Maas So for the past month I ve slowly been re reading Serpico and making an effort to evaluate itfairly You know what I was unfair The book is actuallyreadable than I remember Yes Mr Maas does have a man crush on Serpico Maas was in his early forties when he wrote the book A part of the establishment and ,like many men of his generation, he envied thefree wheeling lifestyle of Frank Serpico and others who lived like him I also think some of the descriptions is just Maas engaging in some hyperbole At one point he describes Frank Serpico as being a crack shot and an expert in karate then goes on to talk about how Serpico was an expert cook, was an outstanding mimic, could get by in several languages and had traveled across the world All this while living on a cop s paycheck in NYC Okay Some I believe, but all of that Well lets move on It was the early seventies and the cool bachelor dude was all the rage Throw in a little James Bond and the idea of a ladies man hippie ,with a gun and badge, and you have Frank Serpico A little research about Frank Serpico quickly shows that he really wasn t all that I get the impression that after leaving the N.Y.P.D Serpico was a bum for several years, crashing at other peoples homes rent free possibly and living off his royalties from the book and movie deals However Mr Maas actually does a very good job writing about Frank Serpico despite my snarky observations Also I notice that once I got past the first few chapters the book settled down into a muchnuts and bolts accounting of what the N.Y.P.D was like in the late sixties The book also shows how difficult it can be for anyone who wants to do the right thing when dealing with a massive political bureaucracy and high ranking officials who don t want the boat rocked So after a second reading I have to change my rating from two to three stars I still don t care for Frank Serpico, but Frank Serpico is a crusader In many ways he s probably ahonorable man than me and people find Honorable People often insufferable I m no exception However Mr Maas actually wrote a very good book I just have to seperate the man from the writer s product I know the feeling that a person feels when he knows that he is not wanted in a particular place I live with corruption here in my country I is present in all the three arms of the government The people involved keep blaming each other, comparing among themselves the most corrupt institution The one thing that allows corruption to flourish in both the rich and poor countries is lack of political goodwill among our leaders to take action Sometes if they do they don t put in enough effort to I know the feeling that a person feels when he knows that he is not wanted in a particular place I live with corruption here in my country I is present in all the three arms of the government The people involved keep blaming each other, comparing among themselves the most corrupt institution The one thing that allows corruption to flourish in both the rich and poor countries is lack of political goodwill among our leaders to take action Sometes if they do they don t put in enough effort to stop the same When Frank Serpico joined the police force, he was ambitious, passionate, and naive His innocence was pricked when working in the 91st Division The division was tainted with graft and corruption Systematic payments to the members of yhe task force had tanished the name of most of the New York Police Departments Members of the public had lost confidence in the people who were supposed to protect them Most of our institutions dont care about integrity Corruption has become replaced it instead Most of the public officers are asking for money in order to help those who are in conflict with the law Prosecutors, working with police officers and some judges and magistrates engage in dubious activities which almost always leads to the release of thise who are accused of different crimes It also leads to the delivery of favorable judgements to civil litigants When Serpico realises what is happening, he chooses to go against the system He refuses to be bribed This displeases his fellow plainclothes policemen They view him with suspicion, suspecting him to be an informer His efforts to raise the issues with his superiors is met with either resistance or fear of getting imvolved The state of affairs don t change who he is They don t alter his views towards corruption He continues to do his work but can t make any progress Corruption almost always affects the society negatively Those who are willing to speak out against it are always isolated and despised It makes working with colleagues difficult and sometimes unbearable When they report to their superiors who turn a deaf ear to what is being said can be just as frustrating Most of is choose to remain silent, to live and let live in order not to attract a backlash from those who are corrupt Serpico decided it was time to move to yhe 7th division With the advice of ome inspector Behan, he joined the division with the hope that things will be different This was not to be He soon realised that it was not just a few apples that were rotten, but the whole barrel And when push turned to shove, he decided to testify before a grand jury His actions resulted in the indictments of some of the officers in the 7th division It also came with a lot of resentment from his fellow officers none of whom wanted to work with him On his arrival in Manhattan, where he was to take up his new duties, he is assigned to work in what they term pussy posses mostly dealing with prostitutes The situation grows to a point where Serpico is shot for his actions Even when in hospital, the animosity from his fellow officers is not quelled I have learnt to be or to try and be as courageous as Frank Serpico Anything less than that is an embarrasment to me, my work, and the community To let police officers be burglars and extortionists is very immoral It taints our institutions and personalities Let us be instruments of change instead of complacency I picked up a few books from the 70 s that my parents were getting rid of and Serpico was the standout of the pick I remember the Al Pacino movie from my childhood and though it might be an interesting read I never realized how bad the corruption was in the NYPD, hadn t remembered that much from the movie but this story was a real eye opener I really feel for the officers that go into law enforcement wanting to do a good and decent job only to get dragged down into this type of corruption I I picked up a few books from the 70 s that my parents were getting rid of and Serpico was the standout of the pick I remember the Al Pacino movie from my childhood and though it might be an interesting read I never realized how bad the corruption was in the NYPD, hadn t remembered that much from the movie but this story was a real eye opener I really feel for the officers that go into law enforcement wanting to do a good and decent job only to get dragged down into this type of corruption I did a little research after reading this book and it really doesn t sound like much has changed since the seventies We needpeople like Frank Serpico in this world.This is a story worth reading The story of an honest cop who really wanted to protect and serve the people Truly awe inspiring Film s better. I m sure this book massively influenced, or at least helped create the market for the epic, dark cop movies and television shows I love I don t care I would rather watch the French Connection or the entirety of The Sweeney overdubbed poorly into Belarusan six or seven times straight.The narration switches tense three times during the book without enough change in pace for the reader to realize it, fails pathetically in its attempts to make a cop into a counterculture, worldly playboy he has a I m sure this book massively influenced, or at least helped create the market for the epic, dark cop movies and television shows I love I don t care I would rather watch the French Connection or the entirety of The Sweeney overdubbed poorly into Belarusan six or seven times straight.The narration switches tense three times during the book without enough change in pace for the reader to realize it, fails pathetically in its attempts to make a cop into a counterculture, worldly playboy he has a motorcycle, drinks tea rather than coffee, wears a beard, and dates black chicks OMG , and made me sneer at the comically square author who invented him.The large cast of interchangeable dirty cops and indifferent administrators waswork than it was worth to sort out, and I was simultaneously relieved and baffled by the sudden, meaningless ending.I wanted a gritty, nasty, edge of my seat action cop movie.I got 3 gunfights in 300 pages, and a lot of pandering to the look how progressive and reform minded I am Al Gore set I just realized this is theoretically a true story It still sucks Peter Maas was an American journalist and author born of Dutch and Irish ancestry in New York City, New York State USA on 27 June 1929 He died on 23 August 2001 Maas was educated at the prestigious Duke University in Durham, North Carolina Much of Maas s writing featured crime and policing In this book, Serpico, Maas wrote the biography of Frank Serpico who was a New York Police officer who witnessed and testified against corruption in the police service Various other biographies and autobi Peter Maas was an American journalist and author born of Dutch and Irish ancestry in New York City, New York State USA on 27 June 1929 He died on 23 August 2001 Maas was educated at the prestigious Duke University in Durham, North Carolina Much of Maas s writing featured crime and policing In this book, Serpico, Maas wrote the biography of Frank Serpico who was a New York Police officer who witnessed and testified against corruption in the police service Various other biographies and autobiographies are included on this site They include When my mother was moving to a retirement apartment, she decided to off load many of her books I picked up a few books from the pile that she was getting rid of and Serpico was one of them I remember the Al Pacino movie from years ago and though the book might be an interesting read Time went by and it was years before I finally got around to reading it However, this is a story worth reading It is set in the late sixties which was a time of great social and political upheaval At this time, also, corruption was rife within NYPD.Frank Serpico was an officer in NYPD He was a working class cop from Brooklyn born into an Italian American family He had long hair, a beard Serpico was an unlikely fan of ballet and opera When he witnessed corruption amongst his colleagues he would not be silenced and could not be bought The story was a real eye opener.A culture of corruption had pervaded the New York City Police Department for many years There were payoffs to the police Members of the force took cuts from gambling rackets, drug dealers and illegal protection schemes They were common practices There was a bluecode of silence which protected the crooked cops from sanction Even today, many members of the police forces across the world are despised due to the prejudice and corruption they pedal It must be awful for those who go into the job who are good and decent I did a little research recently, after reading this book, it really does not seem like much has changed since the sixties We needpeople like Frank Serpico in this world.I found this a very interesting book It may have been written many years ago, but it has a resonance for today too The famous undercover cop in 1960 s corrupt NYPD action Has it changed any over the years It is the late sixties, a time of intense social and generational upheaval Into this maelstrom came a man who broke the mold A working class, Brooklyn born,Italian cop with long hair, a beard, and a taste for opera and ballet Most of all, Frank Serpico was a man who couldn t be silenced or boughtFor years a culture of corruption had pervaded the New York City Police Department Police payoffs,protection, and shakedowns of gambling rackets and drug dealers were common practice The so called blue code of silence protected the minority of crooked cops from the sanction of the majority I m upset I paid the 2.99 for this..I thought this was going to be a good, interesting read.It was crapThis man was so UNLIKEABLE Instead of just being a cop for internal affairs cops who investigate other cops The police who police other cops or instead of just going with his own advice, and going with it just going his own way he had to keep bucking the system and for what he lost his dream of being a cop, helping others, doing some good he might have been set up to I m upset I paid the 2.99 for this..I thought this was going to be a good, interesting read.It was crapThis man was so UNLIKEABLE Instead of just being a cop for internal affairs cops who investigate other cops The police who police other cops or instead of just going with his own advice, and going with it just going his own way he had to keep bucking the system and for what he lost his dream of being a cop, helping others, doing some good he might have been set up to be killed No one really volunteered to say they organized it did itAnd last but not least widespread corruption is MASSIVE still to this day We see it on every news station in the country, every night, in every cityDepending on who you speak to, Frank Serpico is a HERO A Martyr who was cast out by a corrupt power blind system Or he s a idiot who just wanted to make waves, a trouble maker And THE cause of his own problems..Either way I was not impressed I want my 2 and a half days backThe movie was SO MUCH BETTER At lest Al Pacino was starring.