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The title of this book is from the riveting opening words of the author's testimony before the 9/11 Commission. Richard Clarke, ex-White House anti-terror advisor under Clinton and Bush II, details the many ways the current Administration, and former ones, have failed the American people. Using his insider knowledge from over thirty years of government service, Clarke explores such systemic failures as Medicare, Hurricane Katrina, and the War in Iraq, to name but a few. One of the most interesting features of his discussion is that he also offers strategies for repairing this all-but-broken system. Clarke not only writes well, he is an outstanding narrator. His delivery style is as clear, brisk, and emphatic as his writing. The result is a totally successful package.

Publisher's Summary

Richard Clarke's statement to the 9-11 families that "Your government failed you - and I failed you" was the most dramatic moment in the 9-11 Commission hearings. His number-one best seller, Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror, explained how the U.S. had stumbled into a struggle with violent Islamist extremists.

Now, in Your Government Failed You, Clarke looks at why failures have continued and how America and the world can succeed against the terrorists.

But Clarke goes beyond terrorism to examine the recurring U.S. government disasters. Despite the lessons of Vietnam, we've gotten involved in Iraq. A trail of intelligence failures litter the Washington landscape. From Katrina to color codes and duct tape, homeland security has been an oxymoron. Why does the Superpower continue to hobble national security?

Drawing on his 30 years in the White House, Pentagon, State Department, and Intelligence Community, Clarke discovers patterns in the failure and suggests ways to stop the cycle.

©2008 Richard A. Clarke; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Tim
  • Florence, MA, USA
  • 04-01-09

Stellar Criticism

Authoritative and well written assessment of our governmental process, especially as it relates to security, and the former Bush Administration. Superb ideas for change. I wish that Richard Clarke were still at the helm. His perspective and insight are much needed—always needed! Well done.

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loved it but...

i hate ot when a book is abridged. still worth the listen... jusg would have liked the whole thing

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  • tom
  • apopka, FL, United States
  • 10-26-09

Tough listen

I loved his book "Against all Enemies" which he read himself, but "Your Government Failed You" has been difficult to listen to. In fact, I'm only about an hour into it, and it's taken several return attempts to get this far. He reads way to slow and in a very somber tone. This gets on your nerves pretty quickly, though the information in the first chapter seems to be good. Hope I can make it through the rest of the book!

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