Hold the Line: The Insurrection and One Cop's Battle for America's Soul

Hold the Line: The Insurrection and One Cop's Battle for America's Soul

Hold the Line: The Insurrection and One Cop's Battle for America's Soul

Hold the Line: The Insurrection and One Cop's Battle for America's Soul


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From a twenty-year police veteran and former Trump supporter who nearly lost his life during the insurrection of January 6th, this instant New York Times bestseller is also an urgent warning that “offers a stark message for this uncertain moment, making crystal clear the urgency and importance of defending our precious democracy” (Nancy Pelosi).

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 infamous 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 and “important” (Kirkus Reviews) call to action for anyone who wants to preserve our democracy for future generations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781668007211
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 09/12/2023
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 65,419
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Michael Fanone served as a Metropolitan Police Department Officer assigned to the First District for twenty years. Working briefly as a patrol officer and then spending the majority of his career as a vice investigator in various small mission units, Fanone participated in over 2,000 arrests for violent crimes and narcotics trafficking, served as a special task force officer for the FBI, ATF, and DEA, and earned more than three dozen commendations for his work. Fanone currently serves as an analyst for CNN, a security consultant, and a firearms instructor. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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

Acknowledgments 221

Appendix I Wanted by the FBI 223

Appendix II Ribbon of Valor Honorees 225

Photo Credits 243

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