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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (111 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard A. Clarke Narrator: Richard A. Clarke Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9780061632327
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"Your government failed you . . . and I failed you."

Richard Clarke's dramatic statement to the grieving families during the 9-11 Commission hearings touched a raw nerve across America. Not only had our government failed to prevent the 2001 terrorist attacks, but it has proven itself, time and again, incapable of handling the majority of our most crucial national security issues, from Iraq to Katrina and beyond. This is not just a temporary failure of our current leadership—it is a systemic problem, the result of a pattern of incompetence that must be understood, confronted, and prevented.

In Your Government Failed You, Clarke looks at why these unconscionable failures have continued and how America and the world can succeed against the terrorists. Clarke minces no words in his examination of the breadth and depth of the mediocrity, entropy and collapse endemic in America's national security programs. In order for the United States to stop its string of strategic mistakes, we first need to understand why they happen. Clarke gives us a privileged, if horrifying, inside look into the debacle of the government policies, discovering patterns in the failure and offering ways to stop the cycle once and for all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A wealth of good advice.”

    Time

  • “[A] deft and sometimes dramatic testimony…The second guessing is certain to get louder.”

    Daily Beast

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 BC | 11/27/2013

    " Much more of a textbook or extended white paper than Against All Enemies. I would recommend Against All Enemies instead of this unless you are very interested in national security/current affairs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 columbialion | 3/18/2013

    " Highly credible push back from former National Security Chief Clarke on the root causes of the massive American intelligence failure precipitating 911. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex R | 1/28/2013

    " Richard Clarke is a big time bureaucrat who has a few good ideas about improving U.S. national security. He spends too much time disagreeing with the frivolous detail of Bush 43s national security implementation (e.g. jumbo trons at the NCTC) and too little on substance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 9/7/2012

    " You can't trust your government. If you think you are middle class, you are probably poor or you will soon be poor. Your country is going to hell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex H | 7/27/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johnbh46 | 7/11/2011

    " Clarke continues to be one of the best commentators and analysts on the actions of the U.S. government related to security. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Morrow | 6/5/2011

    " I like Clarke's books, I think it's interesting to see an insider's perspective on the situation. Given how things went, it's illuminating to say the least. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 2/25/2011

    " I like Clarke's books, I think it's interesting to see an insider's perspective on the situation. Given how things went, it's illuminating to say the least. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 columbialion | 2/21/2010

    " Highly credible push back from former National Security Chief Clarke on the root causes of the massive American intelligence failure precipitating 911. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 6/30/2009

    " Richard Clarke is a big time bureaucrat who has a few good ideas about improving U.S. national security. He spends too much time disagreeing with the frivolous detail of Bush 43s national security implementation (e.g. jumbo trons at the NCTC) and too little on substance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 11/8/2008

    " I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 10/9/2008

    " You can't trust your government. If you think you are middle class, you are probably poor or you will soon be poor. Your country is going to hell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 BC | 8/5/2008

    " Much more of a textbook or extended white paper than Against All Enemies. I would recommend Against All Enemies instead of this unless you are very interested in national security/current affairs. "

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About the Author
Author Richard A. Clarke

Richard A. Clarke completed a thirty year career in national security, during which he held positions in the White House, the Pentagon, the Intelligence Community, and the State Department. He worked in the White House National Security Council for presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush for an unprecedented ten consecutive years, and he served on President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence. After leaving full-time government service, Clarke wrote six books, both fiction and nonfiction, taught for five years at Harvard’s Kennedy School, has been an on-air consultant for ABC News for a decade, created and manages a cyber security and venture capital related consulting firm, serves on corporate boards, and is chairman of the Board of Governors of the Middle East Institute.