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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,083 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard A. Clarke Narrator: Richard A. Clarke Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The real war on terror has happened largely behind closed doors, run by the White House, drawing on secret intelligence and operations around the world. There is no man who knows more about it than Richard Clarke, the former Counterterrorism Czar for both George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, the man who has led our efforts against al Qaeda and all other terrorist enemies for years, serving under seven presidents and in the White House for George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, until he resigned in March 2003. He has had a front-row seat at every major battle in this war, from the first World Trade Center bombing, to 9/11, to Afghanistan, to Iraq.


Clarke knows the secret stories of Bill Clinton's great victories -- shutting down anti-U.S. terrorism sponsored by Iran and Iraq -- and his great frustrations -- failing to kill Usama Bin Laden despite many attempts. When President Bush took office, Clarke was ready to present him with a master plan to roll back and destroy al Qaeda -- yet the president did not grant a briefing for months. His aides had little interest in Usama Bin Laden, preferring to talk about Saddam Hussein at every turn. Clarke knows why we failed to shut down terrorist financing within our borders prior to 2001.

After ignoring existing plans to attack al-Qaeda when he first took office, George Bush made disastrous decisions when he finally did pay attention. Thanks to the determined, even conspiratorial views of Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, and Bush, we went after the wrong enemy.

The charges Clarke levels against the current administration must be taken seriously by every American, Democrat or Republican. Our security depends upon it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Clarke has struck a chord because his passionate efforts reflected those great American virtues of ingenuity and brashness. Even if he was a bit of a cowboy, loading up his .357 sidearm to return to the West Wing the night after 9/11, at least he was not dozing through High Noon.” 

    New York Times

  • “A highly readable, often exciting, and authoritative account of America’s most dangerous immediate problem, how to deal with terrorism and al-Qaeda. It is also the story of one man’s effort to make the complex bureaucracy of the federal government respond to undefined but devastating threats as well as to unforeseen emergencies. It is an important book.” 

    New York Review of Books

  • “Clarke’s revealing book Against All Enemies makes clear that he is perhaps the single most improbable hero American liberals have ever revered…He was a strong believer in the use of US military power…Some of his views might ordinarily be greeted with a dollop of skepticism were it not for the fact that Clarke was right, clearly and spectacularly so, about one big thing, the biggest of all: al-Qaeda and the threat its terrorism has posed to the United States.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Mr. Clarke’s book is a rare literary phenomenon, a thriller contemporary, and kiss-and-tell all rolled into one, before being bound with dynamite and fired crashing through the windows of the Oval Office.” 

    Times (London)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2004 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction
  • Winner of the 2005 Audie Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jase Morris | 2/8/2014

    " A pretty in-depth look at the government's reaction on September 11, the history of Al Qaeda, and the Bush/Cheney administration. I'm sure the author put a positive spin on his own involvement as the counter-terrorism chief, but the book helped me to better understand the United States' ongoing conflict with terrorism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by ERNEST MORE | 2/7/2014

    " Great all-encompassing book. It details the evolution of terrorism from the Regan Administration to the W. Bush Administration, and with it the strengths and weaknesses of each of the corresponding presidencies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Frederick Bingham | 1/29/2014

    " This is a history of America's war on terror. Starting in the early 1980's with Reagan's handling of the bombings in Lebanon, the first Gulf War, the first World Trade Center Bombings and then finally 9/11. The first part of the the book is a straightforward history of how we got to where we did and what means have been taken to fight the terrorism threat.The last couple of chapters document the Bush administration response to terror, first before and then after 9/11. This is the part of the book that is very controversial, understandably so with the accusations he makes. He makes Bush and his cronies sound like they had no idea what they were doing with respect to terrorism. It is scary to think that such clueless people are running our country. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Micaela | 1/28/2014

    " There was some really great insight at the opening of the book about what happened on and right after 9/11, and also suggestions at the end of the book about how to handle foreign relations and use of force after 9/11. However, the meat of the book was a bitchfest of I-told-you-so's and all the ways that Clinton was better than Bush Jr. Maybe too much about 9/11 is still classified, but this tell-all felt like either a teaser/prequel, or just a way for Clarke to complain about what wasn't done the way he suggested. If things were up to him we'd probably have spent as much money before 9/11 as we do now on ineffective "Homeland Security," so had his advice been heeded we'd all be blaming him for the deficit blown on security measures, but the book makes me feel as useless as our government. Not a compelling argument at all. "

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