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In his gripping memoir, former New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly opens up for the first time about his life fighting crime and the dozens of sinister plots foiled by his anti-terrorist teams after 9/11.

After serving as a Marine in Vietnam, Ray Kelly, the son of a New York milkman, soared through the NYPD ranks in decades marked by riots, drugs, and a staggering murder rate. With an unwavering belief in justice, integrity, courage, and loyalty, Kelly developed a reputation as a fixer who could clean up troubled precincts. Those values catapulted him into his first stint as commissioner, where Kelly oversaw the police response to the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing.

Following leadership positions at Interpol, the Treasury Department, and US Customs, Kelly was again appointed police commissioner in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Realizing that New York’s security meant national security, Kelly transformed the NYPD into a counterterrorism force to surpass even the FBI and Pentagon.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As NYC’s police commissioner after 9/11, Ray Kelly was on the front lines of two of the most important issues of our time: confronting terrorism and dealing with the issues of race and policing. In this personal and thoughtful book, he weaves together his own life story with the tough decisions he had to make. It’s a critically important book for anyone who cares about the justice and security issues we face today.”

    Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “The word ‘vigilance’ perfectly describes the life and career of Ray Kelly. He writes about how the NYPD reversed course on crime and terror and set the nation’s largest, most vulnerable city on a safer and more prosperous path. The book comes at a time when that progress is being eroded, due more to politics than judgment. Vigilance is instructive to law enforcement everywhere, as well as for people who want to lead effective, cohesive teams to achieve better results.”

    Dana Perino, former press secretary to President George W. Bush

  • “At a time when we needed heroes as much as we ever had, Ray Kelly was a hero of his city and his country. Vigilance is his story, finally told in his own words, about everything he did as police commissioner to keep New York City safe in a dangerous world. More than that, it is the story of a great American life.”

    Mike Lupica, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • "Vigilance offers an intimate view into the life and career of one of America’s finest leaders and how he transformed the NYPD after 9/11 into the world’s most effective counter-terrorism police force, which continues to protect New York City today.”

    Richard A. Clarke, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Ray has more than earned my deep respect for his example of leadership in one of the toughest jobs in America. This book provides us a meticulously constructed portrait of a leader and a city in the face of unprecedented challenge. It is a compelling must-read for anyone that cares about New York City and the nation. What Ray Kelly has given us with this book is a perspective of enduring value for everyone who resides in or is charged with running any large American city.”

    David N. Dinkins, 106th Mayor, City of New York

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About the Author

With fifty years in public service, Ray Kelly is one of the world’s most highly esteemed law enforcement leaders. A forty-three-year veteran of the NYPD, Kelly served in twenty-five different commands before being named police commissioner in 1992. Kelly was again appointed in January 2002 by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, making Kelly the longest serving police commissioner in the city’s history. Kelly holds degrees from Manhattan College, St. John’s University School of Law, New York University Graduate School of Law, and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.