Cyber War

  • by Robert K. Knake, Richard A. Clarke
  • Narrated by Pete Larkin
  • 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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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

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- Ken

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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- Karyn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-05-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio