Misfire: Inside the Downfall of the Nra

Misfire: Inside the Downfall of the Nra

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A blistering exposé of the National Rifle Association, revealing its people, power, corruption, and ongoing downfall, from acclaimed NPR investigative reporter Tim Mak

"Tenacious, careful and incisive."--Jonathan Swan - "Deeply and meticulously reported, colorfully and precisely written."--Olivia Nuzzi - "Nonstop revelations are told with gripping detail and intimate insider knowledge."--David Frum - "Fantastic."--Chris Hayes

The NRA once compelled respect--even fear--from Republicans and Democrats alike. 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. This influential nonprofit raised millions in small fees from members across the country, which 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.

Yet in 2012, the NRA's grip on Washington began to loosen in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary. Facing nationwide outrage, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre gave a speech claiming the solution was not fewer guns, but more guns, in schools. The group's rhetoric only escalated from there, a misstep that sparked a backlash and invited the scrutiny of the government.

Unveiled here for the first time ever are surprising, revelatory details spotlighting decades of poor leadership and mismanagement by LaPierre; the NRA's long association with marketing firm Ackerman-McQueen; NRA executives' 2015 trip to Moscow, a by-invitation affair packed with meetings with Russian government officials, diplomats, and oligarchs seeking influence in American politics; as well as the power struggle between LaPierre and former NRA president Oliver North that fractured the organization.

Misfire is the result of a four-year investigation by journalist Tim Mak, who scoured thousands of pages of never-before-publicized documents and cultivated dozens of confidential sources inside the NRA's orbit to paint a vivid picture of the gun group's rampant corruption and slow decline, marking a sea change in the battle over gun rights and control in America.

Author: Tim Mak
Publisher: Dutton Books
Published: 11/02/2021
Pages: 384
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.30lbs
Size: 9.06h x 6.30w x 1.42d
ISBN: 9781524746452

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal 06/01/2021 pg. 23
Publishers Weekly 11/22/2021
Kirkus Reviews 12/01/2021

About the Author
Tim Mak is National Public Radio's Washington Investigative Correspondent, and was one of NPR's lead reporters on the Mueller investigation and the first Trump impeachment. While reporting for the Daily Beast in 2017, he broke the story of Russian agent Maria Butina and her connection with the NRA. He can often be heard on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and the NPR Politics Podcast.