Joseph Wambaugh is a best-selling American writer known for both his fiction and nonfiction works about police and their work. His characters are portrayed in a gritty, realistic manner that has helped readers develop a sympathetic appreciation for the challenging expectations of modern police.

Joseph Wambaugh was born Joseph Aloysius Wambaugh, Jr., on January 22, 1937, in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On November 26, 1955, he married Dee Allsup; they had three children. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1954 to 1957. Wambaugh received an A.A. ...

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