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Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It | [Robert K. Knake, Richard A. Clarke]

Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It

Richard A. Clarke warned America once before about the havoc terrorism would wreak on our national security-and he was right. Now he warns us of another threat, silent but equally dangerous. Cyber War is a powerful book about technology, government, and military strategy; about criminals, spies, soldiers, and hackers.
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Publisher's Summary

Richard A. Clarke warned America once before about the havoc terrorism would wreak on our national security-and he was right. Now he warns us of another threat, silent but equally dangerous. Cyber War is a powerful book about technology, government, and military strategy; about criminals, spies, soldiers, and hackers.

This is the first book about the war of the future - cyber war - and a convincing argument that we may already be in peril of losing it.Cyber War goes behind the "geek talk" of hackers and computer scientists to explain clearly and convincingly what cyber war is, how cyber weapons work, and how vulnerable we are as a nation and as individuals to the vast and looming web of cyber criminals. From the first cyber crisis meeting in the White House a decade ago to the boardrooms of Silicon Valley and the electrical tunnels under Manhattan, Clarke and coauthor Robert K. Knake trace the rise of the cyber age and profile the unlikely characters and places at the epicenter of the battlefield. They recount the foreign cyber spies who hacked into the office of the Secretary of Defense, the control systems for U.S. electric power grids, and the plans to protect America's latest fighter aircraft.

Economically and militarily, Clarke and Knake argue, what we've already lost in the new millennium's cyber battles is tantamount to the Soviet and Chinese theft of our nuclear bomb secrets in the 1940s and 1950s. The possibilities of what we stand to lose in an all-out cyber war-our individual and national security among them-are just as chilling. Powerful and convincing, Cyber War begins the critical debate about the next great threat to national security.

©2010 Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake (P)2014 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"In this chilling and eye-opening book, Clarke and Knake provide a highly detailed yet accessible look at how cyber warfare is being waged and the need to rethink our national security to face this new threat." ---Booklist

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    Kenneth W. Gray III 06-07-14 Member Since 2010
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yup if you have anything electronic you should read this simply stunning. Im not a doom and gloom person but dam if you think your world can't turn into the early 1800s in the blink of an eye you had better read this an re-evaluate what you think you know.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    real life


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    a big wake up call about how fragile our world is


    Any additional comments?

    Read it and gauge for yourself how you live and adjust accordingly

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Hilo, HI, United States 03-28-14
    Robert Hilo, HI, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Poor to worse narrating"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Get Robertson Dean back! Richard Clarke has a great deal of current and appropriate knowledge about the things we need to know. I listened to as much as I could stand but could not finish - Yes! I am spoiled. No! It isn't personal, Mr. Larkin did not make mistakes, he just simply "read" the book. I purchase books by who narrates, author, subject in that order. Again, please don't publish this, as it is unfair of me to judge - you will see that my library is very extensive, I've been a member a long time - I wish I could give a better review, and if authorized, I would return this book, unfinished - Thank You
    RR


    What could Robert K. Knake and Richard A. Clarke have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Hired Robertson Dean, George Guidall, or ANY of the readers that Orson S. Card uses.


    What didn’t you like about Pete Larkin’s performance?

    It was NOT a performance! I've gotten spoiled by the readers mentioned above.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I don't know how the book ended! I didn't get the material I needed, because the narrating was so distracting, that I couldn't stay with it. However, having read, or listened to Mr. Clarke's other books, I am sure I would have liked it. I will buy the text and read it for myself


    Any additional comments?

    I usually do not rate books, unless they are extremely excellent. the idea that my words might keep knowledge out of the brains of listeners, just because I didn't like a particular narrator, is awful. I take NO pleasure in writing this review.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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