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"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)

"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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions; Reprint edition (June 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476706182
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476706184
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #955,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Like many others, I could not put this book down; yes, it does read like a 'who done it'. Its Scary because of the level and entrenchment of corruption in our state & especially the federal government; I knew it was bad, not that bad. The book is Discouraging because of the relentless, brutal and punishing force used against O'Keefe for shining a light on anyone - congressmen, institutions - ACORN, NPR & the New Hampshire voter officials. The book is also Hopeful because of O'Keefe and the other courageous young people he works with. I really hope there are many more sharp, intelligent, energetic and creative folks like O’Keefe that can save our dear country. Folks who have the gall and impudence to go after and merrily expose the lying scum who cloak themselves in government jobs and who sanctimoniously and arrogantly feed at the trough of we taxpayers. Go to the Project Veritas website and support these guys.
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Honestly, I bought the book because I thought James could use the money and as one of Project Veritas occasional supporters I thought, OK," I can buy the Kindle Edition. I don't have to read it." Well, was I ever in for a surprise. Today I finished a fiction book, and thought, well, check out Breakthrough, read a few pages and be done with it. I cannot put this book down. James writing is entertaining, interesting, thorough without being tedious, fascinating, and laugh out loud funny. You will NOT regret buying and reading this book, in fact if you're reading reviews, stop and go ahead an order it. This young man is straight up courageous and we are so blessed to have him on our side. This book fantastic and if the next quarter of the book is half as good as the first, and I have no doubt it and the rest of the book will be, I will be even more impressed with young James O'Keefe, his courage, his wisdom, his determination, and his authorship skills.
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An insightful look at self protective bureaucracies tinged with absurd and bizarre behavior by the people observed. Clearly corrupt and plagued by poor leadership. The author successfully exposes the presence of corruption in some organizations. Should put us on guard for the whitewashing that takes place in media.
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This is a must read book during the age of Journalistic propaganda. O'Keefe's writing style is far from pedantic and thoroughly engaging.
It's pitiful to read the oppression that he went through., as if he were if he were in the Soviet Russia.
What's also amusing is that you can Watch his videos along with reading the book. The "Landieu Dance" is hilarious.
Makes me proud to be Irish.
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I couldn't put this book down. Mr. O'Keefe takes you right into his Guerrilla war and the reader will be held captive by his journey. This a must read for anyone who wants to learn about where journalism is today.
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This book gave me the same feeling as the late Andrew Breitbart's Righteous Indignation, which I read and re-read several times. For me it is a thrill to follow James and his people who use the Alinsky Rules for Radicals to cause institutions and politicians to be left without a choice, but to own up to their corruption, dishonesty, or political correctness that everyone knows exists.

But there is also the ominous feeling you get from the treatment by the DOJ towards James for his adventures in New Orleans. coinciding with the IRS, NSA, and CBS' Sharyl Atkisson's computer hacking scandals, that we live in a time of the federal government going after it's opponents, like something you thought you would only see in the movies.
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