The first chapter alone of this very gripping and insightful read is worth the effort of downloading it. This is a spectacular read. Mr Clarke should be commended for his straight fowardness and honesty. The fact that he served under 4 Presidents lends him the kind of gravitas other so-called experts on Terrorism can only fathom about.
Well-written, well-narrated, and terrifying in its message. This book kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire reading. I think anyone who votes should read this before November!
The Blog Guy
Several of the reviews are not so much about the message of the book as much as they are personal attacks on the author. At this writing the hearings on 9-11 are still in process and much of the events that led to the tragedy have yet to be explored. Clarke?s book is a small flashlight that guides us down a dark path that many prefer not to traverse for fear of finding the truth.
Save your money if you are convinced that you know the truth. If you have the wisdom to keep an open mind and the discernment to filter personal acrimony, then this is indeed a worthwhile purchase.
Although I enjoyed this audiobook, especially for its grappling account of the hours following 9/11 in the first chapter, I was looking for deeper insights into why the Administration was looking for a way to link Saddham to 9/11. Unfortunately, the book contains mostly stories and anecdotes which, although they make great segments on "60-minutes", tend to be a little bit long after a while. This book is enjoyable but do not expect great revelations.
I liked House of Bush, House of Saud a little better, but that being said, this is an important book that you should read if you are interested in the truth that is not carried in the mainstream media. Not uplifting or pretty, sort of like hearing how sausages are made, but truthful and full of details that I had not heard. I recommend it.
The Author has a compelling delivery of information and decision making from the inside. This is a view and data that would otherwise not be available to the public. For this, he has done us a major service. In the flow of events, there are always missed opportunities and inadequate actions. What seems to spark controversy is not the litany of sins of omission - the missed opportunities, but the singularly consequential sin of comission, the invasion of Iraq, that has large and foreseeable negative consequences on the security of the U.S.
This book is a must-read and a must-listen, even if you don't like the obvious implications on the capability and interests of the administration.
The research and detail that have gone into this book are very well put together and clarify alot of what goes on behind the scenes in the government's anti-terrorism campaign.
Richard Clarke's accounts and desciptions of government functions give a new insight into a world that the general public never gets to see.
It shows the politicizing effect on intelligence matters and the lack of cohesiveness that handicaps the governments efforts in Anti-terrorism.
A very clear, and NEUTRAL view on the the gaffs of both the Clinton and Bush administrations.
This is a very good book.
Dick Clarke is the epitome of a public servant. He's highly intelligent and this book is an important history of American political intelligence and the price paid for politics over ethics.
...is that people can watch the news, listen to the 9/11 committee hearings, read this book, and still believe that going to war with Iraq had anything to do with fighting terrorism. Open your eyes, citizens! Our government, every government, lies to us every day... But Bush and his cronies tell the biggest whoppers you'll ever hear.