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Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence

The former Director of National Intelligence speaks outWhen 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?...

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ISBN : 9780525558644
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Number of Pages : 432 pages
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Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence Reviews

  • 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 Intelligence (1992-1995), Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (2001-2006), Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (2007-2010).

    Clapper wanted to attend a military academy but he failed to meet the vision requirements. He joined the U.S. Marine Corp Reserve then after a time he
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  • Bill Curtin

    Very interesting account of a national leader in the intelligence community. He ended his career as the Director of National Intelligence for President Obama. He also served under President Busch. He meet with Trump in the Trump Tower before the inauguration regarding the Russian interference in the election and also the Steele Dossier.

    He is very alarmed about the presidency of Trump and the and the various false and untruthful negatives that are beginning to over take the country. He is very c
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  • Matt Heavner

    Amazing career - I’ve always liked and respected Clapper, this book only made it more so. Important perspective on where we are now.

  • 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 wrong. He looks so calm and ... sorry, but drab, I know that exciting story is he going to tell me? Well, I need to eat that piece of humble pie now, even this man's childhood was exciting! His life would make a great movie! This book talks about life growing up and his life all the way to now, it w ...more

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    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 massive Russian propaganda campaign in support of Donald Trump in the 2016 election.May.23.2018

  • 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 as Director of National Intelligence. The DNI serves as head of the now seventeen U.S. intelligence collection agencies, and advises the National Security Council which advises the president. Listening to Mark Bramhall narrate the audio of this autobiography, it is easy to see why Clapper had such a lo ...more

  • 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 video was released, that something nefarious was going on. Over the following weeks with almost daily releases of WikiLeaks. I saw how they were dominating coverage on the networks, and distracting from the problems afflicting the Trump campaign. I remember thinking back then, that these releases were ...more

  • J.

    This is an excellent book and a fun and fast read at least for me it was fun. I’m often a fan of history and not usually as appreciative of contemporary history readings. Nevertheless, in this case I enjoyed Jim Clappers memorable memoir in which he takes the reader through his 55 years of service primarily in government from basically a Private in the USMC to a LTG USAF General Officer, then finally a Political Appointee in both the W. Bush and finally in the Obama Administrations - his career ...more