Tuesday, April 16, 2013

26 Books that Changed My Life: #14 Serpico

N: Nobody Can Tell You What's Right or Wrong

I thought I would spend the month of April delving into the literature that has made me the person I am today.

1] In this list you will find some of my favorite books, but you will also find books that I appreciate and books that I would recommend although they may not be my favorite. These are books that changed my way of thinking or my way of looking the world. These are books that helped solidify the core of who I am.
2] These books are in order of the theme that I came away with not alphabetical by title or author.

About this book:
The 1960s was a time of social and generational upheaval felt with particular intensity in the melting pot of New York City. A culture of corruption pervaded the New York Police Department, where 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.

Into this maelstrom came a working class, Brooklyn-born, Italian cop with long hair, a beard, and a taste for opera and ballet. Frank Serpico was a man who couldn't be silenced -- or bought -- and he refused to go along with the system. He had sworn an oath to uphold the law, even if the perpetrators happened to be other cops. For this unwavering commitment to justice, Serpico nearly paid with his life.

Publication Date:  1978

Why this book:
First book I read about the real life bravery of a everyday person. The fact that in the end he is shot and lives just makes this story all the more unbelievable and amazing. I am in awe of Frank Serpico and when I think that I'm not being strong enough, or true to myself I think about all the brave things that he did, I think about how he did what no one else was strong enough to do and I press on.


  1. Serpico was one of my favorite books when I was in High School. I loved the movie too! Even named my cat Poco.
    A to Z-ing to the end
    Peanut Butter and Whine

  2. Have to admit, Stephanie, I've never read the book and maybe I should. Have seen the film but there's always a difference. Will pop back again!



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