U.S. MARSHALS                                            MIKE EARP
Posted:  Nov. 29, 2014

U.S. Marshals: Inside America's Most Storied Law Enforcement AgencyBlending history and memoir, retired U.S. Marshal Mike Earp—a descendant of the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp—offers an exclusive and fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the most storied law enforcement agency in America, illuminating its vital role in the nation’s development for more than two hundred years.

Mike Earp spent his career with the U.S. Marshals Service, reaching the number three position in the organization’s hierarchy before he retired. In this fascinating, eye-opening book, written with the service’s full cooperation, he shares his experiences and takes us on a fascinating tour of this extraordinary organization—the oldest, the most effective, and the most dangerous branch of American law enforcement, and the least known.

Unlike their counterparts in the police and the FBI, U.S. Marshals aren’t responsible for investigating or prosecuting crimes. They pursue and arrest the most dangerous criminal offenders on U.S. soil, an extraordinarily hazardous job often involving gun battles and physical altercations. Earp takes us back to the service’s early days, explaining its creation and its role in the border wars that helped make continental expansion possible. He brings to life the gunslingers and gunfights that have made the Marshals legend, and explores the service’s role today integrating federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in the hunt for the most notorious criminals—terrorists, drug lords, gun runners.

Setting his own experiences within the long history of the U.S. Marshals service, Earp offers a moving and illuminating tribute to the brave marshals who have dedicated their lives to keeping the nation safe.

For the most part I really enjoyed this book and it gave a greater appreciation for the job that the U.S. Marshalls do. It also brought me back to my beginnings of when I first began in law enforcement and the lack of equipment and then how over the years the training actually got much better. In this book you get to see the growth of the agency and how through their unique way of tracking down a suspect that they are able to get their man or woman faster than anyone else because of the way they are made for investigation and surveillance, just to name a few. The stories are interesting but by the last third of the book they seem to be repeated, and that is the only part of the book that I have a problem with. Everything else in the book is good and is very interesting to know. Overall not a bad book.

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