The Life of A CopBook - 2007
After starting life as a hardscrabble youth in Italy, Julian Fantino emigrated to Canada and began the slow, difficult rise from poverty to a controversial tenure as Toronto's chief of police, where he oversaw 5,200 officers and more than 2,000 civilian employees. Duty, his frank autobiography, is also a powerful contemporary portrait of the most socially, culturally, and ethnically diverse city in North America. Fantino pulls no punches in describing the challenges he faced -- racial conflicts in an increasingly mosaic city, rising crime rates and street violence, endless budget battles with city hall, the threat of terrorism, rank-and-file corruption, political vendettas, an often hostile media, and his own contentious dismissal. Fantino's vivid account of a city teetering on the edge of implosion, and his riveting narration of his own precarious balancing act as he tries to maintain his integrity against seemingly unstoppable forces, make Duty a striking memoir.
Publisher: Toronto : Key Porter Books, c2007.
Characteristics: 320 p. :,ill.