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Now mandatory in Police academies, FTO programs, and universities! The number one law enforcement philosophy series.
Written by full-time Police Detective and author Bernard Schaffer, whose new hardback novel The Thief of All Light will be available from Kensington Publications in bookstores everywhere.
Whether you're a hard luck grunt working the street or a white shirt administrator who'd need a GPS to find it, Way of the Warrior is for you.
Equal parts biography and instructional guide, Way of the Warrior focuses on the core of the individual officer: the warrior spirit. It discusses how to successfully uphold the law and not lose your mind in the process.
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This is a must listen for anyone in law enforcement but will also delight fans of thrillers, mysteries, and true crime.
As an author, I bought this book for research purposes, in order to gain a better understanding of the mentality of law enforcement officers. It certainly did not disappoint. Despite having little interest in the subject, I found the anecdotes engaging and never felt like giving up on it--which I will often do if a book does not interest me.
The narration was very pleasant, and fit the book perfectly. It was perhaps the tiniest bit stilted in places, in the sense that you could tell it was being read rather than seamlessly performed, but this was nowhere near distracting enough to be irritating. I really did like the narrator very much. If not for that minor flaw, I would have given the narration five stars.
I received this book for free at my request from the author, publisher or narrator and have voluntarily left this review.
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The book The Way of the Warrior: The Philosophy of Law Enforcement by Bernard Schaffer is a teaching biography. It’s an articulate no-nonsense account of one’s journey into the police fraternity and advice on what that can and in Schaffer’s opinion should mean. I want to make clear I have no personal ties to law enforcement, the military, or any profession that might have ever used a gun. However, I have a deep appreciation for an honest story, well told and this is definitely one of those. While James Patrick Cronin was an excellent choice to voice this book, I immediately thought of The Way of the Warrior as the combination of 1) excellent and expert instruction from the bestseller What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People. I also heard in The Way of the Warrior, 2) the often brutally honest storytelling and vivid descriptions from The Bitter Taste of Dying: A Memoir by Jason Smith, a man working very hard to get away from the law. Expert knowledge and excellent story.
Schaffer doesn’t waste time reminiscing about his childhood but includes enough backstory to give us perspective. With over twenty years of experience and a father with another 30 years, the author is more than expert in what it is to be part of a police organization. If someone were to ask, “can someone explain what is happening with the police recently,” it’s Bernard Schaffer.
While some of the reviews and blurbs mark it as required reading for police training programs, this wisdom reaches much further and to a general audience. Whether someone is starting in any career, it’s important to keep out of politics and to focus on finding the mentors you need while enjoying becoming exceptional in a specialty. The “Warrior” title leads to an easy misconception that being a warrior is about fighting, but this book is about keeping the peace in oneself, in one’s department, and keeping one’s honor to the profession through pride in one’s craft.
The police dramas on television do the profession a disservice because they make it seem like each day is one filled with the excitement that keeps an officer prepared at all times. However, there is often tedium that might make an officer leave their bulletproof vest off their body. The routine might lead to forgoing regular practice for when a situation comes that makes clear the officer has not readied for it. Schaffer provides two excellent examples with the illogic of keeping one’s knife on the same side as the holster and another with actually trying to pull a trigger with bulky gloves. “Adapt. Improvise. Overcome,” he writes.
The book made me remember every instance I met a police officer, good and bad, but I want to share one. In a traffic class I was in for going through a stop sign at least a decade ago, I remember the instructor’s words vividly. “Do you know those people who go through red lights, cut you off without a blinker, and speed through school zones?” “Yes, we said” “Doesn’t that annoy you?” “Yes, absolutely.” “Well, you are those people.” Who knows, maybe Bernard Schaffer was that instructor? Few books get it right like this one did. It’s honest in the writing voice with a depth of know-how that makes it a definite must listen. Don’t be put off by the word “philosophy” in the title, it’s not Plato or Aristotle giving some difficult to understand lecture. It’s a really, really smart guy putting in plain English that sometimes people do dumb things and sometimes officers do as well, but here’s why all that happens. It’s street wisdom for the masses.
About the narrator:
James Patrick Cronin is a veteran narrator who has over 200 books on Audible alone. If I hadn’t known that he was narrating, I would have simply said, “wow, this cop’s got a really good voice, he should do voice work.” While I credit Cronin for his reading, he had a really well-written book to read from.
Audiobook was provided for review by the publisher.
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There was really only a story for the first third of the book. Then it was all advice. Some of it was good. But the majority was really dumb and or common sense. If you believe in god or have many years of LEO experience I would avoid this book. If you want a book full of advice get this one. I won’t be buying any other of his products.
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A very insightful and blunt look into the mindset of the modern day police officer. As a leo a lot of it comes as obvious, however I did learn a few things I had never thought of before. The last couple chapters had some very hypocritical, ignorant, or maybe just ill informed view points that I don't agree with. To speak about facts and then disregard well known facts about certain highly publicized officer involved killings was nauseating. I still highly recommend it even with those short comings.
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With my work schedule it is really hard to get time to read a book. I finally tried audible. Sooo glad i did. I have just finished my CJ associates, I have wanted to read this book for a while. It is amazing, so inspiring. Great book worth the read!
While I disagree on some points, primarily Christian faith and separation of church and state, overall I agree with much of this book and would recommend it to fellow law enforcement officers.
This was by far one of the most bi-polar works of literature that I've completed in a long time. My Shaffers' overriding themes in this book are that even though he doesn't like guns, you should still carry one at all times, an epiphany he had late in his 20 year career as an LEO. He also denounces any form of religion in general , and spends an inexplicable amount of time on racism, claiming that racists undertones are widespread in the LEO community. He seemingly supports the Black Lives Matter movement, despite their overt anti law enforcement agenda.
The only "warrior " content of this book dealt with stopping an Active Shooter; however, this was still lacking in content. Don't waste you money or time with this book.
excellent read for the officer or anyone thinking of LE. superb dictation with a great emphasis on the modern officer
Well, just finished Way of the Warrior, a Philosophy of Law Enforcement. For my L.E.O. friends, I can't recommend it. It does have some good stuff in it, but 2 chapters completely turned me off. He is a supporter of BLM. Now, if he doesn't support those pushing the agenda he fails to say so. He out right says he believes in BLM and if you don't as a police officer, you are wrong. Additionally, if you believe in God (regardless of religion) you cannot be a good, effective investigator. No if, ands, or buts. Here is where he professes there is no God and he is an Atheist. (Of course, he waits for the final charter to say so). That is fine on a personal level, believe how you want. However I am 100% positive there are and have been investigators more successful at the job and with better skills than the author who have strong religious conviction.
The author talks about how important diversity is, yet considers religious cops to be ignorant.