4 out of 4 stars
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I Hate Campaign Hats by Randall Stevens is a delightful memoir presenting a narration on his early years of life, focusing on the ones he spent as a part of law enforcement. It is not a crime fiction styled story but an honest account of his life as a police officer. A fact about the book, I feel worth mentioning, is that the author started making notes to write this book 50 years ago but finally managed to complete it during the COVID 19 pandemic.
The book begins with the time when the author was a young man and carried a dream to become a state police officer. His dream was not easy to achieve as he faced failures multiple times, but he always had an optimistic attitude like his father. The story follows the time he spent training under autocratic seniors. This part of the story reveals many latent facts about the police authorities, which were quite shocking. The readers will get to know about some not-so-good side of the police. An account of how he met his wife is one of the most amusing parts of his story. The author has also included events from the time he spent on duty. These are very entertaining yet eye-opening to some harsh realities of the life of a police officer. In total, it is a journey of the author from becoming a state police officer to a DIU agent, featuring his time working undercover for the Narcotics Bureau too.
The author has tried to deliver a message through this account of his life that the life of a police officer has its pros and cons, but it is no better or worse than the life of an ordinary man. The author spent 32 years of his service life but has managed to focus on some of the dominant incidents of his life that he felt worth mentioning. The book has humor, but it also targets emotions.
The best thing about the book is its authenticity. As I mentioned earlier, the author began making notes fifty years ago, which is why the book is a sincere and original account of his life. The words of the author manage to sink in beautifully. It is a captivating read. Honestly, there is nothing to dislike about the book.
Coming to the editing part, I found no noticeable typos or errors. It is professionally edited. The writing style of the author is brilliant. The tone is friendly and thoughtful. There is profanity used in the dialogue.
On the whole, I will rate this a 4 out of 4 stars read. It is an enjoyable read. The author has penned down the ups and downs of his life as a police officer. Some of the parts were highly entertaining, and some were thought-provoking. I was skeptical at first, but as I dived deeper into the text, the book had me in its grasp. Hence, the perfect rating.
I would recommend this book to everyone, especially to the fans of auto-biographies. Readers who like to read about law enforcement must also go for this book. People who are intrigued by the lives of state officials should give this book a try. If you are looking for high crime and action, this book is not suitable for you. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did.
I Hate Campaign Hats
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