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

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  366 ratings  ·  48 reviews
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
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-stories
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
Demosthenes Papaeliou
Jul 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
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.
Pavlich Dubiously Played Up Importance Of Holder's "Brief[ings]" On Fa
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 earli ...more
Michael Green
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.

Jean Barry
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Whole lotta people need to be in jail.
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Katie gives you just the facts.
Oct 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unpleasant-books
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
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Feb 01, 2016 rated it liked it
While this book was very informative, I get bummed out when things turn into slander of a current administration. I understand many presidents do things wrong and some are absolutely atrocious, like this operation, but I can feel in myself an anger and disdain toward my president. I'm not a democrat or an "Obama supporter" rather I walk with Jesus and refuse to allow bitterness in my heart. Yeah, I guess you could say books effect me haha ...more
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: current-events

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.
Rick Radinsky
May 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
It was an eye opening look into what is going on at the ATF & the DOJ.
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 15, 2012 rated it liked it

Eye opener to the lengths people will go to maintain their power and position. A must read for the election year!!!
John Magee
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great chronicle of Obama's bloody failed attempt to manipulate gun control laws. ...more
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great investigative reporting by Katie Pavlich who exposes Cash & Carry and that is started under George W. Bush and was expanded and continued under Obama's Administration.

A must read.
Jan 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Anthony Giordano
Jul 27, 2014 rated it liked it
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 stars, and I
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Definitely a page turner! I knew basically the issues surrounding the Obama administration program known as Fast & Furious, but this is unbelievable! The results, so far, are hundreds, maybe thousands, killed by drug cartels using weapons intentionally sold and walked across the border by gun shops under orders from the ATF. The stated plan was to track these weapons, at least 2500, to find out where they go with the idea to make arrests at some point. When the deaths included an American ATF ag ...more
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Anne Fox
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an eye-opening accounting of the events surrounding the ATF operation known as "Fast and Furious" which allowed guns purchased in the United States to be trafficked across the border into Mexico. This operation put guns into the hands of criminals who used them to kill both Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and an ATF agent working in Mexico. The details surrounding this ATF operation are still largely unknown and remain murky, in spite of the election of a supposedly "pro-gun" President. ...more
Jul 17, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Barry Sierer
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Pavlich seems to have written the only book I could locate on the “Fast and Furious” scandal. I certainly do not see eye to eye with her politics, she has clearly backed up her statements and cited her sources. While I cannot say I completely agree with her overall premise regarding the Obama’s administration’s underlying motives in the scandal, the claim that the operation was carried out in order to create a political backlash that would further gun control restrictions is not without some mer ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: political, history
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.
Brian Meadows
Nov 07, 2014 rated it liked it
This book gives you good background on the Fast and Furious scandal. The refusal of any in the administration to take true responsibility is frightening but yet not surprising. The book necessarily leaves you a bit empty because of the time it was written. Investigations were ongoing and the re-election of Obama was still pending. So, what happens going forward is unknown nor is it known how history will view this in the future.
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Katie Pavlich is the news editor for Townhall.com and a contributing editor to Townhall Magazine. She is the award winning author of the New York Times Best Seller Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up. As a reporter, she has covered topics ranging from White House scandals and the 2012 presidential election to the Second Amendment and border issues. As a Fo ...more

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