As cyber attacks dominate front-page news, as hackers join the list of global threats, and as top generals warn of a coming cyber war, few books are more timely and enlightening than Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War by Slate columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Fred Kaplan.
Kaplan probes the inner corridors of the National Security Agency, the beyond-top-secret cyber units in the Pentagon, the "information warfare" squads of the military services, and the national security debates in the White House to tell this never-before-told story of the officers, policymakers, scientists, and spies who devised this new form of warfare and who have been planning - and, more often than people know, fighting - these wars for decades.
From the 1991 Gulf War to conflicts in Haiti, Serbia, Syria, the former Soviet republics, Iraq, and Iran, where cyber warfare played a significant role, Dark Territory chronicles, in fascinating detail, an unknown past that shines an unsettling light on our future.
©2016 Fred Kaplan (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
wish it had more details of the significant events. kind of just a story made from pieced together time line of events. Not sure i would recommend
Most people with a fair amount of technical savvy, who are also tuned into the general flow of politics may find the story slow. But the topic is definitely worth a read. The story is mostly a high level historical account without much gripping technical detail or suggestions about potential risks for the future.
Possibly more relevant now than ever before, Kaplan's book provides an in depth, and extremely readable, history of cyberwarfare. Beginning in the Reagan presidency and continuing through the Obama administration, you won't find a better researched source of information on digital war and security.
Also, Malcom Hillaryner's performance is perfectly suited to this sort of material. Very highly recommended.
Footnote: Watch the movie "Wargames" before starting this. The book makes several references to it, plus it's just a great movie on its own. Not required of course, but you'll get a better experience out of Dark Territory afterwards.
Greg in San Jose
I believe that cyber warfare or terrorism Is the greatest threat of our age, a much more likely threat than conventional warfare, and way more likely than nuclear war. This book outlines many of the main characters who've shaped the landscape of that arena on the governmental side and is a worthy read (listen).
The narrator, Malcolm Hillgartner, is one of the best in the business, not because he can do a variety of voices (not his strength), but because his voice has weight and authority - you just enjoy hearing him tell this kind of a story. I recommend this book and this narrator
The listen is very good overall.
You must realize that this book tells the history from only one perspective... But still very good.
The story was ok, not great. Did not go too in depth from headlines and provided very little commentary on the subject matter. Anyone following the news regularly will already know most of the second half of this book.
The biggest downfall is that it's not really engaging. The author does not effectively create characters nor are the insights especially poignant, and the behind-the-scenes info is lacking.
I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone necessarily, but if you're interested in the topic then this would serve as an overarching general history of cyber warfare in the US, with the understanding that additional readings will be necessary to thoroughly explore the subject.
The narrator was a little dull but good.
This is an excellent account of the history and future use of cyber. It is eye opening, for those new to the topic, and also digestible. The use of key individual's phrases keeps the book on a personal level despite speaking on lofty and secretive material.
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