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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

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"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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Scary

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.

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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

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

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  • Toney, AL United States
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Excellent Book - very scary content

This is one of those books that I simply could not put down - some of the content is absolutely scary. Cyber War is an entirely new battlefield and one that nations across the globe are investing in heavily. Mr Clark goes into great detail on the subject, including recommendations for strengthening the ability to defend against it. There seems to be a false perception that cyber warfare is some kind of nebulas scenario that, other than losing important data it really has minimal impacts - and that couldn't be farther from the truth. I think he treats the political perspective very even handed, pointing about policy flaws from both political parties. This book will really make you think. Strongly recommended.

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Excellent!

Pulled many of similar books on this topic together quite nicely. Extraordinary insight into how things really work in our government and, sadly how they do not. All in all fantastic piece if timely information to have on hand. Great performance by the reader.

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Informative

Have to say one that was good for actual food for thought. Amazing how naïve we are as a nation.

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Heavy on policy but good

I really enjoyed this book. Written from the standpoint of a knowledgable Washington insider. A few of the items that the author hints at or intentionally obfuscated (like Aurora) have since been declassified. For instance- the author states Aurora demonstrated how a cyber attack "could" be used to destroy a generator "but stopped short". In reality, the test was completed successfully and the generator was destroyed. There's a video. Other than that, I think the book has merit and is a great window into one viewpoint of cyber war.

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He's Warning Us Again!

Informative, engaging, entertaining and as scary as a rogue logic bomb. The book explores the new threats to peace on a new digital battlefield and the voice performance is reminiscent of Clarke himself.

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Cryin' Clarke

Serious consideration needs to be made on yakking this off the cyber cannon list. The book is divided into two main themes. First, is the obligatory history lesson on all things cyber. of which Dark Territories, Future Crimes, Playing to the Edge, etc. are superior options. The second part of the book -- mainly Chapter 4 onward-- Clarke cries foul his brilliance of failed attempts to persuade past presidents of impending cyber doom. This book captures his salty, butthurt tears and the absence of his name in the history books of cyber lore.

Lastly, worst narrated book of the 20ish I own. Best is Mitnick's "Invisibility" with Ray Porter.

** Do Not Buy **

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Very informative!

I greatly enjoyed this book! I feel like it went quick and really opened my eyes to cyberwar.

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Listen with eye for Facts vs. Opinion

Too much snide political commentary, plus "insider" comments that seem to come from the comments section of a PC vs Mac article. Granted, this is my opinion, so if you like that side of the story; this book is for you!

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Still timely. Thorough.

Richard Clarke is a well experienced and excellent writer. The book is very complete and still timely.