Kerik recalls his personal history, from his prostitute mother, awful family history, through his personal delinquency and ultimate triumph over his background, owing much to his passion for martial arts, early days in the military, as security consultant to Saudi Arabia, then as Corrections Officer and Warden in New Jersey to fulfilling his dream, to be a NYC cop. Once there, he rose through aggressive work to positions of increasing authority to the point where he was named Commissioner of Corrections and ultimately Police Commissioner. This is paralleled by a lifetime desire to find out what had really happened to his mother, who was killed when he was little. There are heart-rending accounts here. He is certainly capable of sensitivity. A useful read, particularly given his nomination as Secretary of Homeland Security in late 2004. There is one section in which he talks about a need to be much more diligent about securing our borders, north and south. How sad that he turned out to be such a total creep.