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So I'm going to start off this review by saying that I don't believe a word of this book, in terms of it being a "true story. It says so right on the cover that it's a true story. But I don't believe a word of it more on that later.
This was the basis for a film of the same name, that I caught the opening of on TCM a few months back I was too sleepy to stay up for the whole thing, which I regret because it looked like a film I'd like, set in the kooky NYC of the late Si So I'm going to start off this review by saying that I don't believe a word of this book, in terms of it being a "true story.
This was the basis for a film of the same name, that I caught the opening of on TCM a few months back I was too sleepy to stay up for the whole thing, which I regret because it looked like a film I'd like, set in the kooky NYC of the The super cops book Sixties and early Seventies.
I found this at a thrift store a couple of weekends back, and figured it could be fun to read. And it totally is. But here's the thing: the two guys profiled here Dave Greenberg and Bob Hantz have a criminal record, especially Greenberg. In the book they're portrayed as your basic straight-arrow cops, with some character quirks that make them "super cops" determined to bust as many drug dealers as possible. So my advice: proceed with caution. This is an example of "New Journalism," where the author L. Whittemore re-creates events to dramatize them and make the narrative more compelling.
And that's often entertaining, but like Tom Wolfe, Whittemore might not be entirely truthful here in his depiction The super cops book what happened. If you decide to proceed with some skepticism and read it as just a "novel" perhaps, you won't feel strongly about whether it's true or not. I personally found some of the scenes depicted to be laughable the encounter with a hoodlum "picking his teeth with a large knife" seems cut from a lurid, racist potboiler full of stereotypes about "the ghetto"and I don't think these guys were quite as upright as they made themselves out to be to be fair, there's a section where they're clearly using young women for their apartments, it's left unsaid but I'm guessing there were some shenanigans that might have gone on.
But bullshit nonetheless. One sidenote: I feel like this and "Serpico" might be the basis for Mike Peralta's favorite book he's the main character on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine". It and the subsequent film are almost certainly one of the templates for the buddy-cop film genre. May 26, Sheryl Tribble rated it liked it. True story? Not so much. I always suspected that the book is more about their self-image than reality. I wasn't surprised to discover that Greenberg ended up in jail a couple of times for insurance fraud. They don't come off very well.
Still, I'll always have to appreciate them for being the inspiration for the TV show Starsky and Hutch. View The super cops book comments. May 10, Joe Noir rated it really liked it. Flashy and fun, probably a little dated now, this book tells the true story of two New York cops Dave Greenburg and Bob Hantz whose arrests were so spectacular they were nicknamed Batman and Robin. There are some very serious scenes, and some violence, but this book is very enjoyable. I was fortunate enough to meet Greenburg and Hantz a couple of times, and they were every bit as cool as portrayed in this book.
Jun 01, Paul Dubuc rated it liked it. I remember reading this and enjoying it as a teenager. I doubt the stories are completely true, but they made enjoyable reading for me then. Jun 01, Larry rated it really liked it. Yes, the start and finish dates are reasonably correct.
It took a long time. But I finished it! I also enjoyed it. Feb 11, Michael Tuttle rated it it was amazing. This is a great police book, my favorite one in fact! A good read about an amazing true story. Traces the exploits of 2 rookie NYC cops in the late s who decided traffic patrol was too boring and started setting up their own drug busts instead, and went on to many other adventures besides. A great illustration of the principle espoused by Grace Hopper, that it is better to beg forgiveness than ask permission.
Apr 08, Abhijeet added it. I want to read it to remember the days when I read it first, really liked the candid attitude. Peter Shovlin rated it really liked it May 07, Howard Larsson rated it liked it Feb 16, Teresa rated it it was ok Jul 21, Chris Mclaughlin rated it it was amazing Feb 02, Nate Hendrix rated it really liked it Oct 15, Darla rated it really liked it May 02, Sascha rated it liked it Jul 21, Fraser Cameron rated it really liked it Jan 23, Tom Felker rated it liked it Jun 26, Rich Zahradnik rated it liked it Jun 19, Adam Matkowsky rated it did not like it Nov 21, Teddie rated it it was ok Mar 02, Dwayne Keller rated it really liked it Jun 20, George Marks rated it liked it May 26, George Scott rated it really liked it Apr 27, Richard rated it liked it Aug 18,The super cops book
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