Commissioner Roosevelt

The Story of Theodore Roosevelt and the New York City Police, 1895-1897

By H. Paul Jeffers
(Wiley, Hardcover, 9780471024071, 285pp.)

Publication Date: September 1994

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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"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.

About the Author

H. PAUL JEFFERS is the author of over twenty books, both fiction and nonfiction, including Bloody Business: An Anecdotal History of Scotland Yard and Who Killed Precious? How FBI Agents Combine Psychology and High Technology to Identify Violent Criminals. He lives in New York City.

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