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
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    Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence Reviews

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Dan Graser

    This memoir from former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, is a mixed bag but quite revealing mainly as to the actual function (or lack thereof) of the person occupying the DNI chair.At...

  • Marks54

    This is a well written and timely memoir of the former director of the Office of National Intelligence under Obama and a veteran of over 50 years of service. It is a detailed accounting of his work at...

  • Robert Yaffee

    This book is historically a very important book. Clapper contributes to ourknowledge of the factors turning the Presidential Election in 2016. He is the first to come to the conclusion that Putin's in...

  • Cathy

    It’s really substantive without being dry or overwhelming with details. They balanced conveying his history with keeping things moving. Not that it’s fast-paced but it didn’t get bogged down and...

  • Christina Knight

    I haven't read the book yet, but I have read many of the most important excerpts from the book. I vividly remember thinking when the WikiLeaks releases began the same day that the Access Hollywood vid...

  • 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...