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Like haggis, Antonioni films, and Hillary Clinton, the National Rifle Association (NRA) is something you either hate or love. Only the AARP can rival it for power, and even the "gun grabbers"-an NRA term for those who support gun control-know that it is supremely effective. Feldman, a lawyer with a political itch who worked for the NRA in the 1980s, effectively makes his case for the Second Amendment as he entertainingly presents his work organizing and lobbying on the state level. He disdains the NRA leadership of Wayne LaPierre, painting him as an overpaid, ethically questionable, scorched-earth extremist who won't compromise and is more interested in fund-raising than results. The book is weak in covering the last 20 years of the NRA since Feldman was an outsider-he was heading a gunmakers' lobby in the 1990s-and presents only his own observations. He gives readers too many boogeymen and too much internal NRA drama. Nevertheless, Feldman does show us how the NRA achieves its goals, making this a worthwhile purchase for public libraries.
—Michael O. Eshleman