Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence

Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence

The former Director of National Intelligence speaks out

When he stepped down in January 2017 as the fourth United States Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper had been President Obama's senior intelligence advisor for six and a half years, a period that included such critical events as the discovery of Osama bin Laden, the leaks of Edward Snowden, the Benghazi attack, and Russia's influence on the 2016 U.S election. In Facts and Fears Clapper traces his career through his rise in ranks of the military, the history of several decades of national intelligence operations, the growing threat of cyberattacks, his relationships with presidents and Congress, and the truth about Russia's role in the presidential election. He describes, in the wake of Snowden and WikiLeaks, his efforts to make intelligence more transparent and to push back against the suspicion that Americans' private lives are subject to surveillance.

Clapper considers such difficult questions as, is intelligence ethical? Is it moral to use human sources to learn secrets, to intercept communications, to take pictures of closed societies from orbit? What are the limits of what we should be allowed to do? What protections should we give to the private citizens of the world, not to mention our fellow Americans? Is there a time that intelligence officers can lose credibility as unbiased reporters of hard truths by asserting themselves into policy decisions?

Title:Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence
ISBN:9780525558644
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  • Montzalee Wittmann

    Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence by James R. Clapper is a book I had heard a lot about and wanted to read but really I was worried it was going to be dry and boring, boy was I ...

  • Trish

    James Clapper has had a very long career in intelligence collection and he goes through it all for us here. He’s had practically every job out there in leadership in this field, capping his career a...

  • Tony

    FACTS AND FEARS. (2018). James R. Clapper. ****.This is one of those books that is a must-read for most all American citizens. It is a well-written expose of the life and activities of our former Dire...

  • Jean

    This is the memoir of James Robert Clapper (1941- ). Clapper is a retired Lieutenant General of the United States Air Force. He was Director of National Intelligence (2010-2016), Director of Defense I...

  • Bettie?

    James Clapper on Russia: 'They swung the election to a Trump win'. Rachel Maddow shares a passage from former DNI James Clapper's new book, "Facts and Fears," in which he describes the effect of the m...

  • Corinne

    A book that everyone, no matter what party should readThe beginning of this book is a Birdseye view of something few of us see. Two generations giving their life, and in a sense the lives of their fam...

  • Misfit

    Sorry, but as much as I think of the man and the appearances he's been making on TV, this is just too tedious at the start to convince me to keep on going - plus it's due back at the library.Update 7/...

  • Mahlon

    While it's really an overview of James Clapper's career, Facts and Fears also serves as a history of the IC because James Clapper was there for almost every significant event of the last 50+ years. A ...

  • Dylan Tomorrow

    Beware readers, this is not a review, just an angry rant.I don't often 1-star-rate books I haven't read based on who wrote them, but James Clapper lied under oath to Congress about unconstitutional ma...

  • Joan

    While I doubt Mr. Clapper and I share the same philosophy on who to vote for (except perhaps the last presidential election), I do completely respect his service to our country. This book is one more ...