• The Threat

  • How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump
  • By: Andrew G. McCabe
  • Narrated by: Andrew G. McCabe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (5,351 ratings)

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The Threat

By: Andrew G. McCabe
Narrated by: Andrew G. McCabe
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The instant number one New York Times best seller!  

This program is read by the author.  

On March 16, 2018, just 26 hours before his scheduled retirement from the organization he had served with distinction for more than two decades, Andrew G. McCabe was fired from his position as deputy director of the FBI. President Donald Trump celebrated on Twitter: "Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy."  

In The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, Andrew G. McCabe offers a dramatic and candid account of his career and an impassioned defense of the FBI's agents and of the institution's integrity and independence in protecting America and upholding our Constitution.  

McCabe started as a street agent in the FBI's New York field office, serving under director Louis Freeh. He became an expert in two kinds of investigations that are critical to American national security: Russian organized crime - which is inextricably linked to the Russian state - and terrorism. Under Director Robert Mueller, McCabe led the investigations of major attacks on American soil, including the Boston Marathon bombing, a plot to bomb the New York subways, and several narrowly averted bombings of aircraft. And under James Comey, McCabe was deeply involved in the controversial investigations of the Benghazi attack, the Clinton Foundation's activities, and Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.  

The Threat recounts in compelling detail the time between Donald Trump's November 2016 election and McCabe's firing, set against a pause-resisting narrative spanning two decades when the FBI's mission shifted to a new goal: preventing terrorist attacks on Americans. But as McCabe shows, right now the greatest threat to the United States comes from within, as President Trump and his administration ignore the law, attack democratic institutions, degrade human rights, and undermine the US Constitution that protects every citizen.   

Important, revealing, and powerfully argued, The Threat tells the true story of what the FBI is, how it works, and why it will endure as an institution of integrity that protects America.

©2018 Andrew G. McCabe (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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"McCabe is a nuts-and-bolts narrator; he speaks in an earnest monotone, clear but unchanging. This works nicely in covering such things as the FBI's progression from the J. Edgar Hoover days of chasing bank robbers and suspected Communists to the more modern focus on organized crime and terrorism. Or, better still, when McCabe describes his role in tracking La Cosa Nostra, Russian mobsters and the Boston Marathon bombers. The stories he tells are strong enough to carry themselves." (The New York Times Book Review)

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The FBI & DOJ

This well-written and performed book aside from the 2016 campaign is a great look into the inner workings of the FBI, and the relationship with DOJ in cases such as the Underwear Bomber, the Shoe Bomber, the Boston Marathon, and ISIS.

2016 is a subject that will never be agreed upon and therefore it’s not what made the good impression of the book on me. I do believe Mr. McCabe and Mr. Comey.

Regardless of party affiliation, the daily assaults on American institutions such as DOJ, and FBI that require the trust of American citizens is harming our country greatly and will take a long time to repair.

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Must read!

I was expecting the usual mediocre writing and less than professional narration but I was so wrong. Andrew McCabe is an excellent writer and narrator. I am so thankful to listen to an account of Donald Trump’s campaign and presidency that is apolitical. This account is compelling and chilling without hyperbole. McCabe is candid while presenting facts that are entirely consistent with media reporting and laid out succinctly in this truly believable account. I highly recommend his book to all persons looking for objectivity in this politically charged atmosphere.

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great look into the fbi

McCabe obviously has a lot to say about Donald Trump, but this book goes deeper than that. McCabe was a key interrogator of the underwear bomber, was a key member of the Boston marathon bombing investigation, and several other incidents that have drifted to the background of our consciousness. this book is partly political but wholly a book about the fbi shop. he doesn't go into great detail about any one case, but does give a great overview of the work that thousands of Americans do every day for the good of the country. he is pointed with his criticisms of the trump administration, but the politics are all concerning his personal interactions, and accusations leveled against him by the president of the United states.

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Truth will win out

What has been characterized as ‘McCabe’s lack of candor’ in dealing with Comey/Hillary email leaks, is put in context with the early scary era of the Trump Administration.
That context suggests that the events unfolding with the Administration were staggering, even to seasoned FBI professionals. It is staggering, now, for laymen (and women) to reconsider what McCabe and others were dealing with. Important read.

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This should be read by every American

This is exactly what I expected. Concise, factual, comprehensive. I was especially happy to hear again about the FBI's evolution after 9/11 as a leader in worldwide intelligence gathering. Another fine book, The Threat Matrix, detailed then-Director Robert Mueller's insistence on legal interrogation techniques and our realization, after time, that it actually produced more useful intelligence than physical and psychological torture.

Because we live in the Trump era, you will either believe Andrew McCabe or you won't. I hope that you will. Our nation is under attack, and our president is part of the assault. Only the patriotic men and women in the FBI, and their governmental and civilian counterparts, can save us. Thank you, Mr. McCabe.

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A need for an independent system of jurisprudence and criminal investigation

I have no idea if Dr McCabe lied, justifying his dismissal, only he does. The timing certainly is tainted by several Trump appointees, many of whom are being removed in ethics and criminal action.

Regardless of that, his book lays a compelling argument for ensuring that no chief executive, president, governor or jurist is above the law, and that means that they should be prosecuted in office and removed as any other citizen would be. If there is compelling evidence to investigate, indict and imprison and they are found guilty by an independent jury of their peers, they too should be remanded to jail. That does not include the senate or congress any longer. In the 70s, when Nixon was under impending impeachment,it was honest Republicans who stepped forward to force his resignation. Clinton was impeached and perhaps should have been removed for lying about sex, though the idea that is equivalent to high crimes and misdemeanors is dubious at best. In my experience, anyone who surrounds himself with as many criminals as Mr Trump has done, is not guiltless. They are complicit and under RICO act Statutes,equally guilty. We would not tolerate this in our governors, courts or legislators, they would be tried and if guilty removed and jailed. Why do we accept less from our national executive?

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A MUST read!

This book is EXCELLENT! An incredible peek inside the process and cooperation within the FBI, it manages to help restore faith in the process of our federal justice department. Thank God for the men and women of the justice department who continue to dutifully fulfill their commitments, aside from their political convictions. To hear about the extreme contrast in interest and knowledge between our current administration and the past several administrations is full stop, CONCERNING. McCabe redeems his reputation and narrates an incredibly credible and informative history of his experience of his time at the FBI. Fascinating insights into Comey, Mueller, Holder and especially, Sessions. A MUST read!

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Insight from an insider

Andrew McCabe has done yet another great service for his country by writing this book. He furthers our collective record of the unthinkable. Thoughtful, reflective, smart & insightful. Thank you!

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He did the right thing

I found McCabe's book to be very engrossing. I loved reading how he began his career in the FBI and his personal story of the Boston bombing. I believe he is a hero for making sure the Russian investigation didn't disappear. He was treated badly by the Dumpster fire of the oval office by firing him the day before he was set to retire. I think this book and Comey's book, A Higher Authority, are required reading into the Russian investigation.

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Liked it, but lots of page filler bio

Always appreciate detailed, behind the scenes perspectives of credible public officials. Especially those who were forced out by the Trump admin specifically because of their integrity. I personally wasn’t all that interested in Andrew’s entire career at the FBI, the book felt like it was closely formatted to Comey’s in that respect and I had a similar feeling of TMI after finishing AHL. But thank you Andrew for your courage, your actions following the Comey firing allowed the American public to have the possibility of getting to the bottom of Trumps malfeasance, and your words help to shed additional light on Trumps gross incompetence.

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