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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852429097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852429096
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.4 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 713,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. J. Metson on 31 Oct. 2012
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As a retired (and ex Met)Police Officer I only recently read this book. The only reason that I started reading it was because my father gave it me, having picked it up in a charity book shop.

It's new lease of life with me started out as a 'toilet book' but it is so well written and absorbing in content that it very soon got promoted to living room before finally making it to the most prestigious spot, the bedside cabinet.

There is a lot to admire about Ali Dizaei, he arrived in this country as a young child, without his parents and unable to speak the language. The fact that he obtained a law degree and rose to the rank of Commander in the MPS simply cannot be 'blamed' on an astute ability to play the race card. Ali Dizaei is clearly a very gifted, intelligent and driven individual - unfortunately, he also appears to have a number of character flaws (as we all do).

My impression of his life, particularly following his induction into the police service, shows (in my opinion) how those flaws can be magnified and escalate beyond all recognition once negative experiences happen to an individual (black or white). I am not trying to excuse his behaviour but my impression is that neither Thames Valley Police nor the MPS come out of this whole fiasco with a clean pair of hands.

In summary, I don't like Ali Dizaei but I have enormous respect for his strength of character and his refusal to buckle under when faced with the might of the MPS. I understand that he intends to appeal against his most recent conviction.

I do think that he is a man who has an awful lot to contribute to society but perhaps now in politics rather than within the police service.

If you can find a copy of this book then it is well worth a read - very well written - in the style of Joseph Wambaugh's 'The Blooding'
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The Police service has to look like community it serves and does understand the difference between its citizens. Its the community that defeats terrorists and criminals. The house of commons rather spend time discussing race relations than dealing with the aftermath of a terrorist attack.

Wow, the book was very captivating. Ali is right, it does resemble more of a spy novel than a factual story. I suspect most of the writing has been done by Tim Phiilips. Anyway the book is extremely captivating and a must read for all immigrants to the Great Britain. Reminds me of what Michael Moore said in stupid white men. 'The white man has done a phenomenal job in creating a wonderful and celan image for himself. If you are walking alone in a street and come across two gangs in your path, one white and the other black, you automatically gravitate towards the white gang for self protection.'
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Speak to someone who has actually worked for the Met Police - they will tell you that Dizae signed a letter when he was removed from his first post admitting to 1) Drug use 2)extra marital relations within the police force and 3) using prostitutes.

Why was he not fired like other officers might've been back then? Instead he was made the head of the BPA. It's laughable.

.....although this time, it looks like certain people are fed up of him calling the race card TIME and TIME again, when he is the WORST sort of police officer imaginable.....regardless of colour, race, creed etc etc. Follow the court case August 2009.....the irony of people like him, is they actually do damage to race relations, and not the opposite.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert on 15 Jan. 2010
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This book is by Ali Dizaei with Tim Phillips, an experienced writer and journalist. It was probably the right decision to colaborate and avoid the book becoming a rant against the world. It is very readable. The story flows and the complexity and politics of a large organisation are left out. I found the opening chapter about the day Ali Dizaei finds out he is being investigated when he attends an interview expecting to be promoted well written and gripping. The middle chapters about his youth and police career in Thames Valley were mixed. I suppose we have seen similar chapters in just about every police autobiography and it is difficult to inject anything new. He paints a picture, for me, of the slightly maverick cop cleaning up Henley. Towards the last third we get into the interesting meat of the allegations and court case. Many complaints were low level or read as preposterous. But this is Ali's version of events. The book shows entirely innocent man targeted by an expensive operation to 'get him. He portrays Operation Helios (the name given to the undercover investigation) almost as unpleasant Keystone Cops. But I could not work out why the organisation would want to target him. Nor could I, just from this book, comment on how accurate it is or whether some of the allegations were as silly as they read. However, despite it being a platform with no disenting voices, it was entertaining in parts.
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8 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gogol VINE VOICE on 12 Mar. 2009
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Having bought this book like many of the other previous reviewers more out of curiosity than anything else I must agree with them all that it was difficult to put down and resulted in me completing it in a day.

The book is mainly concerning the massive police operation against the author and subsequent trial but takes us through his life leading up to the trial. While it is clear that he is obviously a dedicated man to his personal ambition to rise as high as possible in the force on reading the book you can see where he has clearly upset more than a few people on the way.

He may be aware of his own faults but this does not seem to prevent him from at times ignoring the advice of colleagues and at others making assumptions of their intentions which may in fact have no ground (Take for example when he is requesting to go on courses and his superiors advise him to get more experience, he seems to take this personal when it was probably just nothing more than advice to a junior officer or when colleagues complain of him taking up far too much of his time with the Black Police Association, perhaps it was because they felt as a senior officer more of his time should have been spent looking after his staff and area?)

He certainly worked his way up and his determination is something to be admired. I would recommend this book especially in light of some of the high profile cases against the Met in recent times.
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