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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions (June 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476706174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476706177
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Breakthrough should be read by every aspiring journalist…If you are concerned with media freedom, this ‘breakthrough’ will shock and inspire you.” (The Washington Times)

"O’Keefe’s new book Breakthrough is a spine-tingling, true crime thriller about the quest for truth in the age of media obfuscation… his book reads more like Gulliver’s Travels than a story about political journalism."  (Gavin McInnes, Fox News Red Eye Contributor)

“O’Keefe and his colleagues provide an example of what’s right about the craft of journalism.” (Christopher Harper, Washington Times op-ed)

"The new book by James O’Keefe, makes clear this problem to armchair patriots who think someone else is better qualified to engage in direct action. It is a how-to guide for a modern activist craving a blueprint for action." (J. Christian Adams, publisher of PJ Media)

"Code Veritas: James O'Keefe is back...This intellectual heir to Andrew Breitbart has produced a devastating attack on the smeary leftist establishment." (Roger Kimball, editor-in-chief of The New Criterion and publisher of Encounter Books)

"In 320 gripping pages, 28-year-old O'Keefe describes being thrust under the national microscope…O'Keefe's book—which serves simultaneously as a memoir, a manifesto, a tell-all and an activist handbook—the reader watches a young man grow up, wise up and toughen up." (Chris Moody, Yahoo News)

"Fast-paced enough to be a summer beach read, yet substantial enough to stand as a serious criticism of government and media, O’Keefe’s tale of his whirlwind past four years will have your stomach churning and your blood boiling, but in the end will make you want to stand up and cheer. A splendid change of pace from the standard format political books follow. [His] raw, genuine, and tightly focused rage is the beating heart of Breakthrough, and sets it apart within its genre…Breakthrough is a call-to-action and a playbook for aspiring citizen journalists." (Watchdog Wire)

“Upstart James O’Keefe has dealt a major blow to the establishment.” (George Stephanopoulos) . . . “Go watch this video. It’s enlightening, it’s enraging.” (Governor Chris Christie, on the NJEA video) . . . "What I know is that what I saw on those videos was certainly inappropriate."--(President Obama on the ACORN videos) . . .“I’d say this is a grand slam home run.” (Rush Limbaugh, on the NPR investigation) . . . “James O’Keefe is dismissed as a ‘conservative activist,’ but he’s doing something much worse—journalism.” (The New York Post) . . . “O’Keefe aims to discredit us.” (Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times) . . . “O’Keefe is courageous.” (Glenn Beck) . . . “A latter-day Mike Wallace.” (Dennis Miller) . . . “The Ashton Kutcher of the Conservative Movement.” (Jon Stewart) . . . “He is already well on his way to being one of the great journalists and deserves a Pulitzer.” (Andrew Breitbart) (What the Right and the Left are saying about James O’Keefe)

About the Author

James E. O’Keefe III gained major national attention for his release of video recordings of workers at ACORN offices in 2009, his arrest in early 2010 at the office of Senator Mary Landrieu, and his release of videos of NPR executives in 2011. In June 2010, O’Keefe formed Project Veritas, an organization with the stated mission to “investigate and expose corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud, and other misconduct.”

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Customer Reviews

James O'Keefe is a great investigative reporter.
Anda Oxman
Everyone NEEDS to read this book, but it is a shame that the people that would most benefit will probably never hear about it.
David West
This book was well written and entertaining as well as very informative.
James E. Kamprath

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153 of 174 people found the following review helpful By David Maxham on June 18, 2013
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It's now twenty five years after the publication of Noam Chomsky's Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media. Whereas Chomsky spoke from an academic's viewpoint, James O'Keefe now shows us in real terms how the government and media conspire with one another to manufacture the consent of the governed. I was simply shocked by the lengths the government will go to stop even the appearance of someone trying to expose them. What is it that they're hiding, that they'll put so much effort into stopping one man? Why is he such a threat to them? Not only is it fantastic material, but O'Keefe's prose will keep you engaged and laughing along the way as he recounts stories in a way only he can. This isn't the usual celebrity ghost-written piece. If you've ever heard James's speeches, you'll immediately recognize his distinct voice throughout the book. One of the best parts is when he brings the material from ACORN to Republicans in the US Congress and the congressman's team tries to intimidate him and force James to give him the videos so that he, the congressman, can get the credit for it. This is not a right or left thing, this is about the ruling elites and their attempts at controlling and manipulating the common man and subsequently shutting down anyone who won't sit down and shut up.
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77 of 95 people found the following review helpful By AGS on June 18, 2013
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I highly recommend James's book. I'm generally a skeptic of memoirs, but James won me over.

The book is very entertaining, and I highly recommend for anyone, liberal or conservative alike, who is interested in how to have a cultural impact on issues that they care deeply about. There are also a lot of interesting nuggets throughout the book, including how the esteemed Lila Rose, of Live Action, got her start, and interesting interactions between Glenn Beck and the late Andrew Breitbart.

I was most impressed with how honest James was throughout the book. The main goal of his storytelling seemed to be telling the truth, not presenting a glossed over version of how events unfolded. While reading the book, I did not feel like I had to consult another source to hear the true story, James gave it to me.

Well done!
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Steph on July 3, 2013
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Reading this book will change the way you listen to and watch news. Never again will you take any report at face value. The unbelievable struggles the Project Veritas team faced will inspire anyone to unearth the truth in everything.
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63 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Mary R. on July 2, 2013
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I received this book for my birthday present which is June 29, one day after the author's.

I was absolutely bowled over with the quality of the writing skills shown by this young writer and I want him to know I have the greatest respect for his character and dedication to what is right. It gives me great pleasure to have read the story of the person responsible for bringing down ACORN, an IAF affiliate. I have left reviews of the four books by Stephanie Block called Change Agents which chronicle the history of these socialist organizations.

James O'Keefe is such an inspiration to people like me who are in the fourth quarter of our lives. I know this country has a future if people like him come forward with the will and talent to take on the evil forces that prowl about the earth seeking the ruin of souls.

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41 of 52 people found the following review helpful By K. Keller on June 23, 2013
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I bought this book because I have heard so much controversy over his work and I wanted to read his story. I can usually put a book down after a short reading session but this book kept me so interested that I kept reading when I should have been doing other things.
It is a riveting chronicle of a young man wanting to wake the world to what he sees as the dishonesty presented to the public. The book entertainingly describes how he pulled off his video stings and how he worked to get his information to the public while being hindered and attacked by both the mainstream media and the government he was exposing. James also takes the time to explain why he did these things and presents both sides of the action.
The ruthlessness of those with power is chilling to read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Duane12345 on July 14, 2013
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I always noticed the media left wing bias and wondered why. This book gives good insight and clarifies the reasons for the misrepresentation and downright lies about conservative thought and actions. Good, fast read that unveils the willful ignorance of those in power on both sides.
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35 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Norman on June 18, 2013
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Saul Alinsky must be rolling in his grave as Breakthrough hits bookstores nationwide. If you are interested in preserving liberty, look no further than this book. Every chapter is filled with wisdom for patriots at all levels of experience and backgrounds. Keep several copies, as you will probably wear the first one out within no time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Lefor on July 12, 2013
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This is a great autobio that details the return of the journalist via the citizen. James O'Keefe details his experiences as a self made citizen journalist starting as an undergrad at Rutgers. He includes not only his success of doing the mainstream medias job, but also the lessons learned from mistakes along the way. He has done a great job of documenting his journey as he and his fellow citizen journalists take on the established media and the protective new mediates as he exposes the truth (Veritas) about the misuse of power, waste and corruption of policy makers and so called leaders of Society. James' struggle is broken down and defined as the clash between the journalist (almost extinct) and the anti-journalist (the mutation of journalists in the field and establishments of media and academia). This book will be an inspiration to all those that seek truth and a relief and glimpse of hope for those that realize they are being drowned in the mainstream muck. I would encourage you to enlighten yourself with an understanding of how news is really disseminated in our society.
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