Hold the Line
The Insurrection and One Cop's Battle for America's Soul
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Compact Disc (10/11/2022)
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.
Praise For Hold the Line: The Insurrection and One Cop's Battle for America's Soul…
"I wish Hold The Line would be required reading for every American. Mike Fanone is a rare voice and witness to the ongoing crippling of our Constitution. His courage in battle on January 6th is matched only by his relentless commitment to tell this story from the inside. Mike's seemingly tough-hewn melody of character and words catch us by surprise in their straight-shooting clarity and knowledge. If bravery could be taught, Mike would be one helluva a professor." —Sean Penn, Academy Award-winning actor, author, and activist
“I admire Officer Fanone and consider him a brother in arms, especially in defense of democracy. His experience resonates with me deeply—a plainspoken and direct public servant who didn’t flinch when challenged with his life on the line. You don’t have to guess where we stand: for our country.” —Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Alexander Vindman, former National Security Council staff, and New York Times bestselling author of Here, Right Matters.
Atria Books, 9781668007198, 256pp.
Publication Date: October 11, 2022
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.