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Against all enemies : inside America's war on terror

Publication Information:
Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2004.
Physical Description:
549 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Originally published: New York : Free Press, 2004.
Evacuate the White House -- Stumbling into the Islamic world -- Unfinished mission, unintended consequences -- Terror returns (1993-1996) -- The almost war, 1996 -- Al Qaeda revealed -- Beginning homeland protection -- Delenda est -- Millennium alert -- Before and after September 11 -- Right war, wrong war.
Examines America's war on terror, both before and after September 11th, including what went right or wrong, the operations of al Qaeda, the Department of Homeland Security, and other crucial actions of the Bush administration.
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Call Number
973.931 Clarke

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Author Notes

Richard A. Clarke is an American, born in 1951. He worked in national security for thirty years. He served under presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He has served as a consultant for ABC News, and taught at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Currently he is the CEO of a cyber-security consulting firm.

He is also an author. His fiction books include The Scorpion's Gate, Breakpoint, Sting of the Drone, and Pinnacle Event. His nonfiction books include Your Government Failed You, Against All Enemies, Cyber War (with Robert K. Knake), and The NSA Report (with Michael J. Morell, Geoffrey R. Stone, Cass R. Sunstein, and Peter Swire), Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes (with R. P. Eddy).

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

A few bars of heavy, ominous-sounding orchestral music set the tone for this incendiary account of the events that occurred inside the White House on 9/11 and the months and years prior to it. Former counterterrorism director Clarke starts out by describing how he took charge in the situation room on the day of the attacks and facilitated communication among the White House, the FBI and the FAA. The level of detail Clarke includes is impressive. Not only does he paint a vivid portrait of the White House in crisis mode, but he even recalls a number of conversations (including one in which Bush, after learning of al Qaeda's involvement, purportedly tells Clarke, "See if Saddam did this. See if he's linked in any way"). Whether one chooses to believe Clarke's version of events or not, this first chapter is riveting, and Clarke delivers it like a pro. With his deep tenor and weighty pauses, Clarke never lets listeners forget the gravity of the situation, but he isn't above making an attempt at the various accents and inflections of the major players. His frustration over how the current administration has responded to 9/11 and how he believes the FBI and CIA failed to act leaks through at times, but by the end of this compelling audiobook, many listeners may share it. Simultaneous release with the Free Press hardcover. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

While getting off to an exciting and gripping start with a rare and dramatic look into what the White House situation room was like on the morning of September 11, this work soon falls far short and causes the listener to question seriously the author's objectivity. Terrorism expert and 30-year national security veteran Clarke provides a unique perspective into the past four administrations' views on terrorism, starting with Ronald Reagan and moving through post-Saddam Iraq. The main problem with this book is that Clarke quickly descends into blatant bashing of the Reagan and both Bush presidencies while gushing praise on almost everything in the Clinton White House. This is clearly self-serving and a fine example of revisionist history masquerading as a balanced account. Despite Alan Nebelthau's superb performance, Against All Enemies is not recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

from Against All Enemies
Wolfowitz fidgeted and scowled.... "Well, I just don't understand why we are beginning by talking about this one man bin Laden."
"We are talking about a network of terrorist organizations called al Qaeda, that happens to be led by bin Laden, and we are talking about that network because it and it alone poses an immediate and serious threat to the United States," I answered....
Wolfowitz turned to me. "You give bin Laden too much credit. He could not do all these things like the 1993 attack on New York, not without a state sponsor. Just because FBI and CIA have failed to find the linkages does not mean they don't exist." I could hardly believe it, but Wolfowitz was actually spouting the totally discredited Laurie Mylroie theory that Iraq was behind the 1993 truck bomb at the World Trade Center, a theory that had been investigated for years and found to be totally untrue.
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