Regular price: $27.99

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

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

Critic Reviews

"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

More from the same

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.1 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    111
  • 4 Stars
    85
  • 3 Stars
    35
  • 2 Stars
    11
  • 1 Stars
    6

Performance

  • 4.2 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    96
  • 4 Stars
    80
  • 3 Stars
    38
  • 2 Stars
    6
  • 1 Stars
    4

Story

  • 4.1 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    99
  • 4 Stars
    70
  • 3 Stars
    35
  • 2 Stars
    12
  • 1 Stars
    8
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

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.

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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Informative

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

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!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Still timely. Thorough.

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

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Thought provoking analysis

Thought provoking analysis from a US government insider which both describes the history and development of cyber war and provides actionable recommendations for policy makers. The importance of the electricity grid is not under-stated!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Great context setting book

I enjoyed this book but felt it could've been slightly more limited in volume whole still delivering the same overall value.

I would easily recommend this for readers seeking a socio-political understanding of the context and risks of national cyber operations.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

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.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Don't pass this book up. It's entertaining!

I read this book 3x and listened to it twice. Everytime I learn something knew. Full of information and should be required reading.