A very interesting book
I sat next to the author on a flight into Houston, and found his book very interesting. He was an FFL and author of articles in various gun magazines. He reported a suspicious customer to ATF years ago, and at their urging, became a prominent part of "Operation Wide Receiver," which preceded "Operation Fast and Furious." He kept good notes, and this book is the result.
To make a long story short, he sold guns to Cartel buyers, documenting everything with hidden recorders and a hidden videocam, turned over the results to ATF, and was assured that the guns were being traced and cartel leaders would be taken down thanks to his work. And then given many excuses as to why no charges had yet been filed. In the end they arrested a handful of straw purchasers, and dropped charges against the one that insisted on going to trial.
After that, an Ass't US Attorney made him realize what was going on. How were they going to take down cartel leaders who were in another country? Was it done to find out which cartels the guns were going to? They knew that by the first or second shipment. To track where cartels were operating? We already knew that. The AUSA said, "I can only think of one reason why [ATF special agent in charge] Newell would allow American guns to continue to cross the border and show up at Mexican crime scenes." Neither of them had to say anything at that point.
He believes that Newell was key to the gunrunning at the outset. Then comes the presidential election, an antigun Administration, and Dennis Burke becomes US Attorney for the State. Burke boasted of having drafted the first Federal "assault weapon ban," and had later served in the Clinton White House. Burke had every reason to expand the program via Fast and Furious; he would make sure that American guns wound up at Mexican murder scenes, and set the stage for another AW ban.