An urgent warning about the growing threat to our democracy from a twenty-year police veteran and former Trump supporter who nearly lost his life during the insurrection of January 6th.
When Michael Fanone self-deployed to the Capitol on January 6, 2021, he had no idea his life was about to change. When he got to the front of the line, he urged his fellow officers to hold it against the growing crowd of insurrectionists—until he found himself pulled into the mob, tased until he had a heart attack, and viciously beaten with a Blue Lives Matter flag as shouts to kill him rang out.
Now, Fanone is ready to tell the full story of that fateful day, along with exploring our country’s most critical issues as someone who has had firsthand experience with many of them. A self-described redneck who voted for Trump in 2016, Fanone’s closest friend was an informant—a Black, transgender, HIV-positive woman who has helped him mature and rethink his methods as a police officer. With his unique insight as an undercover detective and intense desire to do the right thing no matter the cost, Fanone provides a nuanced look into everything from policing to race to politics in a way that is accessible across all party lines.
Determined to make sure no one forgets what happened at the Capitol on January 6th, Fanone has written a timely call to action for anyone who wants to preserve our democracy for future generations.
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About the Author
John Shiffman is an investigative reporter for Reuters and a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Washington, DC. Follow him on Twitter @JohnShiffman.
Table of Contents
Prologue: June 2021 1
Part I Before
Chapter 1 The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 17
Chapter 2 Capitol Cop 27
Chapter 3 The First District 32
Chapter 4 Vice 43
Chapter 5 Leslie 49
Chapter 6 White Privilege 59
Chapter 7 Black Lives Matter 67
Chapter 8 Bunker Mentality 76
Part II During
Chapter 9 "Let's Hope Things Stay Calm" 83
Chapter 10 "10-33" 91
Chapter 11 Patriots 95
Chapter 12 "Hold the Line" 100
Chapter 13 "Kill Him with His Own Gun" 105
Chapter 14 "My Neck Hurts So Bad" 110
Part III After
Chapter 15 Recovery 119
Chapter 16 Trauma Is Trauma 130
Chapter 17 An Army of Morons 138
Chapter 18 Good Trouble 150
Chapter 19 Hearts and Minds 157
Chapter 20 Betrayal 166
Chapter 21 Testimony 175
Chapter 22 Truth and Consequences 191
Chapter 23 Time to Go 199
Epilogue: "Legitimate Political Discourse" 209
Appendix I Wanted by the FBI 223
Appendix II Ribbon of Valor Honorees 225
Photo Credits 243