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The Real Stories Behind the Headlines from the Congressman Who Exposed Washington's Biggest Scandals

by Darrell Issa
You might think you had a front-row seat to the shocking scandals of Benghazi, the IRS targeting of conservatives, Fast & Furious, illegal email servers, mishandling America's secrets and cover-ups at the EPA. The rest of the story, told here for the first time, is even more troubling. In WATCHDOG, Congressman Darrell Issa reveals some of the worst of Washington, pulls back the curtain on business as usual in the Capitol, and lets in the sunshine of accountability.

As Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Issa led a years-long fight to uncover what was really happening in the Obama Administration and Hillary Clinton's State Department, while taking on a mainstream media and establishment Beltway culture he quickly found out weren't always interested in the truth.

But what the public doesn't know about Big Government and what the people may not realize is happening to their country requires someone in Washington willing to tell the truth no matter who gets the blame.

Carrying out aggressive oversight brought Issa into conflict with not only political foes, but friends and allies as well. Through it all, he has sought to remind everyone in government they are still subject to the rule of law and accountable to the American people. WATCHDOG is the inside account of what it took to get the truth and what it will take for our democracy to endure.

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More Praise for Watchdog by Darrell Issa

No one has been a more aggressive and consistent watchdog than Darrell Issa. Every American will find his revelations about Washington scandals fascinating and important.


former Speaker of the House of Representatives
Darrell Issa remains a hero to many conservatives who applaud his investigations, and I recommend this book to anyone to get the other side of the story, away from the Obama administration’s spin zone and defenders in the press.


former chairman, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
The few who still attempt serious oversight of bad government behavior can count on being hit by the country’s most powerful forces. That’s what happened to Darrell Issa when he took on some of the decade’s most egregious malfeasance.


investigative journalist and host of Full Measure
Perhaps no chairman of the Oversight Committee has done a better job of prioritizing congressional investigations and carrying them out with integrity and transparency than Darrell Issa. He always adhered to his high standards of nonpartisanship, objectivity, and fairness.


former congressman and chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Darrell Issa is a principled leader even in the face of overwhelming opposition, and he’s not for sale at any price.


president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association
WATCHDOG is the most important book of our time that makes clear and explains the growing power and moral decline of the federal executive. It should be read by all Americans who want their government to work and democracy to survive.


former governor of California
The adjective that best describes Darrell Issa is ‘relentless,’ but close behind are ‘integrity driven’ and ‘resolutely honest.’ He’s been more than a watchdog, he’s been a watchman on the wall. We are all better off for him having served this way.


nationally syndicated radio host
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