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Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up

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A bloody scandal and its shameless cover-up:

No scandal is more threatening to the Obama administration than Operation Fast and Furious. While other scandals involve money, Fast and Furious involves lives, including that of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, gunned down with a weapon that the federal government put in the hands of Mexico’s narco-terrorists.

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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 16th 2012 by Regnery Publishing
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John Stevens
Let me first start out by saying that I am registered as an Independent voter and have been all of my life except for 5 years during my twenties when I was the 2nd one of 2 registered Republicans in a Coal Mining town in PA. Bottom line, I am mostly conservative in that I want the Federal Government out of my pockets. There are laws they must enforce, preserve and protect as mostly governed by our U.S. Constitution. Give me a fair playing field. Cut back on regulation, stay out of my home busine ...more
Steve
Probably more like 3 stars, since the story is still unfolding. But Pavlich is a good writer, and I give her credit for compiling and presenting an important story. I have avoided, for the most part, the Fast & Furious scandal. For a long while I just didn't want to deal with the accompanying political bullshit. And then the IRS scandal broke -- which I consider a very big Nixonian deal. A lot of what is currently going on with the IRS scandal (stonewalling over document requests) occurred e ...more
Jeff Emanuel
IMAGINE A GOVERNMENT agency designed for the specific purpose of investigating and preventing the unlawful use, manufacture, and possession of firearms. Now imagine this agency engaging in an operation that not only goes against that purpose, but actually seeks to accomplish the opposite, by actively encouraging the sale of firearms to people whose ties to organized crime and gun violence are well known– and that this operation involves sending firearms across an international border into a coun ...more
Zach
"There are dead Americans as a result of this failed and reckless program so I would say that it hasn't gotten enough attention, has it, Mr. Attorney General."

This statement is attributed to Congressman Darrell Issa, who laid out the ATF operation known as Fast and Furious in a nutshell at a congressional hearing questioning Attorney General Eric Holder. These dead Americans are Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata. Both federal agents have
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Demosthenes Papaeliou
Katie Pavlich somehow neglects to mention that this operation started under George Bush. It's really a silly book written for the gun nut hate Obama crowd. Yes the ATF is incompetent but acting as if Obama directly supervised this is a paranoid wingnuts dream with no basis in reality. Ask what role Bush's idiot Attorney General Gonzalez played in this. Katie won't tell you that because she writes for the Faux news bubble.
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Pavlich Dubiously Played Up Importance Of Holder's "Brief[ings]" On Fa
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Shawn
It is interesting that I read this blatant anti-Obama book, because I support President Obama. Sometimes I just wonder why some of my relatives think Obama is nearly supernatural evil like the devil, what's so bad about him? And this book tells one reason some haters hate him. He pretty much supports gun control. He is not in the NRA, and this author, proudly professing her credentials as working for Fox News on occasion (this alone shows she is not fair, to me. Yes! Republican readers, I am not ...more
Michael Green
Very informative read. Also very quick. I think I finished it in about 3 days.

This is some very basic information Americans need to understand just some of how their government works (or doesn't).

President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder are both on record as believing that Americans do not have a constitutional right to personal weapons. Read this book and watch how it unfolds that they used the gunwalking as a means to an end. An end you don't want.

D-train
Katie gives you just the facts.
Jennifer
This is a political story. Very insightful and a bit frightening how our government can be run. Katie Pavlich did a great job in her research for this book. She kept much of it based on facts in the case, but she does insert her own thoughts when it comes to the personal tragedy the family of Agent Terry has suffered. She writes that portion from her perspective having met and talked with family members. I think this is a must read for anyone from any political party of not. We should know who w ...more
Brian
Katie Pavlich writes a very good book providing critical details of the "Fast and Furious" scandal. Don't take my "3 star" rating wrong: it's not the details, the research, or the topic generally that brings it down a bit, it's just the polemical approach. This is her first book, though, and the attention to detail and passion point to a great future for this author. In fact, rating notwithstanding, this book is one of the most important pieces of non-fiction in recent years. If you have an opin ...more
Anthony Ragan
The story of the nauseating "gunwalking" scandal, in which the US Department of Justice through the ATF let thousands of high-pwoered weapons be bought by Mexican drug cartels in US gun stores and then stood by whistling as they were "walked" into Mexico, where they have been the cause of over 300 deaths. (Not to mention two US federal agents, one in Arizona, another in Mexico.) Pavlich's political biases sometimes get the better of her, but the facts are clear. And they should leave any decent ...more
John
Katie's book leaves no doubt that the Oblunder Administration, as far up at the levels of AG Holder and Janet Napolitano knew and participated in the scandal, and also the cover-up. She lists numerous sources and it is a very interesting read. I came away thinking that the Oblunder Administration purposefully orchestrated and manipulated the 'Fast and Furious' scandal to try and use it to raise issue on the Second Amendment. One of my most favorite books of 2012. An eye opener.
Tom
more typical left wing radical crap. obama govt coerced/threatened american gun salesman to sell to criminals. gov then blamed crime in mexico on those same gun salesman. all to advance their agenda of disarming the civilian population.

very quick read. probably better to get from the library than spend the $15.
Jtfreeman


A thorough synopsis of an absolutely outrageous scandal. I strongly recommend the book as well as giving the source materials a long look. This tragic and stunning mess requires explanations from people at the highest levels of our government. Instead, we are getting obfuscations and stonewalling.
Kathy
Fast and Furious campaign was initiated in October 2009 in order to "track" straw purchases of guns going to Mexican cartels while undermining current US gun restriction laws. Private gun shops in Arizona were forced to participate because it was their "duty" to help the federal government. However the US government neither informed the Mexican government of this plan nor actually tracked the guns. Statements made by the State Department, the Justice Department and the Mexican President indicate ...more
Anthony Giordano
Katie Pavlich's scathing work on the Fast and Furious debacle will not do anything to sway positions regarding it. If you are a supporter of this administration and believe anger over F&F is part of a greater partisan witch hunt, then you'll see this as false, shameless drivel.
If you despise the arrogant flippancy of the administration, and are angered by the clusterfluff that is F&F, then this book is preaching to your choir.
I am usually in that choir. I wanted to give this book 5 star
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Rick Radinsky
The facts in this scandal speak for themselves. I think I would have liked this book a whole lot more if the author would have refrained from making the conclusions from those facts in the same sentences she stated those facts. She should have left that for a chapter or two at the end.
Joseph Jaramillo
If you think the White House security leaks are troubling, read this trail of blood that leads to the White house. If for no other reason this shameless coverup should be enough to get the foxes out of the hen house in November.
Karen Craig o'rangers
Very well researched account of a scarcely covered topic. I look forward to the day when those involved are actually held accountable and prosecuted for these crimes. A quick read jam packed with factual data. Well done.
Lori
This book was both informative and disturbing. I thought it was well researched and well documented and I hope that the country is able to get to the bottom of it.
Patrick Quillen


Eye opener to the lengths people will go to maintain their power and position. A must read for the election year!!!
Matt
It was an eye opening look into what is going on at the ATF & the DOJ.
Jean Barry
Whole lotta people need to be in jail.
Robert
A blogger review of the book can be found here: http://bookfastandfurious.blogspot.com/


Point 1: I will succinctly point out that this book is poor reporting full of excessive confirmation bias, paranoia, and what must be outright misrepresentation. The book lacks journalistic integrity. It is worthless as a read because one would have to independently double check even the most clearly stated "facts."

One clear and humorous example, when one uses a footnote to lend false credibility to a point an
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John Magee
Impeach Obama, incarcerate Holder

Impeach Obama, incarcerate Holder

This is a quick interesting read that fills in the gaps of the news sound bytes that I get between my work life and family life. Bravo to Miss Pavlich. I'll be trying to squeeze in more of her books and appearances.
Fredrick Danysh
The author, a retired ATF agent, examines and condemns the anti-gun policies of President Obama and his administration. She concentrates on a gun sting operation run by the Justice Department (Fast and Furious) which channeled guns to Mexican drug cartels and resulted in the death of Border Patrol Agent Terry Brooks. A good read that reveals the disregard for the American Constitution by the president and his appointees.
Brent
While some main stream news stories have covered the Fast and Furious scandal superficially, this book delves fairly deep into the circumstances and personalities engaged in questionable actions by the ATF and Phoenix DOJ office. The thrust of the author's thesis is that there was a coordinated effort by members of the Obama administration to arm Mexican drug cartels in an attempt to strengthen US gun registration requirements due to the inevitable blowback when the guns were ultimately tracked ...more
Josh Arnold
A fast read that will leave you furious. It details what happens when idealogy gets in the way of common sense. Terrifically investigated.
John Magee
Great chronicle of Obama's bloody failed attempt to manipulate gun control laws.
Gen
I like that someone is talking about the idiocy and HUGE cover-up of the Fast and Furious case. I dislike that the author's personal political beliefs are interwoven throughout the book - it diminishes her credibility. However, when she does do this, it's so obvious I can easily set that aside and focus on the other parts of the book. Unfortunately, because of her allowing her personal beliefs to seep into the narrative, I feel as though I need corroboration from another, independent source befo ...more
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