"A lively, entertaining and well-researched portrait of a zealous reformer during the historic crusade that successfully launched his career in government."--Booklist
COMMISSIONER ROOSEVELT: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt and the New York City Police, 1895 - 1897
When Theodore Roosevelt took office as New York's police commissioner in 1895, the Metropolitan Police force was barely more than a confederation of thugs and petty criminals whose chief activity was to extort protection money from local merchants. The thirty-seven-year-old Roosevelt rode roughshod over the corrupt bosses and power brokers and transformed the police into one of the first modern law enforcement agencies in the world.
Combining the best elements of biography and social history, Commissioner Roosevelt reveals a fascinating episode from the life of one of America's most colorful cities, and one of her most charismatic leaders.
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A social history of turn-of-the-century New York that focuses on Theodore Roosevelt from 1895-1897, when he served as police commissioner. During his term, Roosevelt made revolutionary innovations, including hiring the first woman in the history of the New York City police department, setting up bicycle patrols, and creating the first fingerprint department in American police history. This highly readable account makes the personalities of the era and the historical setting come alive.From the Inside Flap:
Commissioner Roosevelt In the Gay Nineties, no place so fully embodied the outrageous lawlessness of turn-of-the-century America as New York City—until a thirty-seven-year-old political reformer named Theodore Roosevelt emerged as president of the New York City Police Commission. How did Roosevelt transform an association of slackers, bullies, thieves, and blackmailers into one of the first truly professional law enforcement agencies in the world? H. Paul Jeffers skillfully recreates the era to illuminate Roosevelt’s vision, toughness, and political savvy. By hiring the first woman in the department’s history, and opening admission to ethnic minorities, the new commissioner tore down the old guard and ushered in the new. Firearms training, undercover detectives, a physical typing system that was the precursor of fingerprinting, annual physical exams for all officers, bicycle patrols, and a host of other modern innovations all became tools to build a new urban institution. It was a crucial turning point in Roosevelt’s political career. As New York’s rough-riding crime czar, he earned the national attention that eventually led to two terms in the White House. In the sensational headlines and tributes that appeared regularly in newspapers around the nation and Europe, Jeffers discovers the first signs of the mature Teddy Roosevelt, the flamboyant, two-fisted, and wholly incorruptible man of action. As Jeffers shows, it was during this momentous period in his career, in partnership with famed journalists and social reformers Jacob Riis and Lincoln Steffens, that Roosevelt developed the "square deal" philosophy behind the historic social and economic reforms that would distinguish his presidency. While providing the only detailed account of this seminal chapter in Roosevelt’s career, Jeffers paints a vibrant portrait of New York City as Roosevelt knew it—from the posh watering holes of the Tenderloin and the townhouses of Astor Place, to the overcrowded tenements of Mulberry Bend and the dives of the Bowery and the Five Points. As a consequence, Commissioner Roosevelt offers penetrating insights into the first truly modern American metropolis and the life of an American giant.
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Descripción John Wiley & Sons Inc, 1994. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Brand New. 9.75x6.50x1.00 inches. In Stock. Nº de ref. de la librería __0471024074
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Descripción Wiley, 1994. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0471024074
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