Misfire : inside the downfall of the NRA / Tim Mak.

Mak, Tim [Browse]
[New York, New York] : Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2021]
x, 371 pages ; 24 cm.


Summary note
  • "A blistering exposé of the National Rifle Association, revealing its people, power, corruption, and ongoing downfall, from acclaimed NPR investigative reporter Tim Mak"-- Provided by publisher.
  • Once a grassroots club dedicated to gun safety, the NRA ballooned into a powerful lobbyist organization that maintained an iron hold on gun legislation in America. The millions in small fees from members across the country funded hidden, lavish lifestyles of designer suits, private jets and yachts, martini lunches and Champagne dinners-- while the group manipulated legislators and flirted with a Russian spy. Mak shows that in 2012 the NRA's grip on Washington began to loosen in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary. NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre gave a speech claiming the solution was not fewer guns, but more guns, in schools. Poor leadership and mismanagement by LaPierre led to a power struggle between LaPierre and former NRA president Oliver North that fractured the organization. Mak paints a vivid picture of the gun group's rampant corruption and slow decline. -- adapted from Amazon info
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-362) and index.
  • Introduction
  • Wayne
  • "Just a volunteer"
  • The NRA's fiefdoms
  • The NRA before Sandy Hook
  • The NRA's lobbying animal house
  • Sandy Hook
  • Manchin-Toomey collapses
  • The rise of everytown
  • Wayne's posse and NRA HQ
  • Maria Butina and the roots of NRA-Russia
  • The Obama years
  • Operation Second Pozner
  • Ackerman McQueen power grows
  • Moscow bound
  • Butina's back channel
  • The NRA and the 2016 campaign
  • Butina's downfall
  • The start of the end
  • Whistleblowers and an angry mother
  • Brewer replaces Ackerman McQueen
  • The Colonel
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019
  • The weekend from hell
  • Rebellion
  • Lawfare
  • The AG strikes
  • Bankruptcy.
  • 9781524746452 (hardcover)
  • 1524746452 (hardcover)
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