Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence (Unabridged‪)‬

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Publisher Description

New York Times bestseller

The former Director of National Intelligence's candid and compelling account of the intelligence community's successes--and failures--in facing some of the greatest threats to America

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 adviser for six and a half years, longer than his three predecessors combined. He led the U.S. intelligence community through a period that included the raid on Osama bin Laden, the Benghazi attack, the leaks of Edward Snowden, and Russia's influence operation during the 2016 U.S. election campaign. In Facts and Fears, Clapper traces his career through 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. Finally, it was living through Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and seeing how the foundations of American democracy were--and continue to be--undermined by a foreign power that led him to break with his instincts honed through more than five decades in the intelligence profession to share his inside experience.

Clapper considers such controversial questions as, Is intelligence ethical? Is it moral to intercept communications or to photograph 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? Are there times when intelligence officers can lose credibility as unbiased reporters of hard truths by inserting themselves into policy decisions?

Facts and Fears offers a privileged look inside the U.S. intelligence community and, with the frankness and professionalism for which James Clapper is known, addresses some of the most difficult challenges in our nation's history.

Biographies & Memoirs
Mark Bramhall
hr min
May 22
Penguin Audio

Customer Reviews

James Carrozza ,


James R. Clapper is a true patriot. His book lays out a career of service to our nation. His story made me laugh and at some points, it brought tears to my eyes. All tolled, he describes an American experience, one that is familiar to me when I consider the stories I heard from my own father, a veteran of two wars. Our country is great due to many people such as these and James Clapper lays out his story to help us all understand how we have achieved our greatness.

Hygelac ,

Still lots of unanswered questions . . .

Fantastic book.
At last, a chance to get answers to so many questions about important events over the decades, direct from someone in the midst of it all.
The Russian U.S. election campaign overview was fascinating. I read the news every day and had no idea the extent of things they were doing to our U.S election. The IC's alert to the American public was indeed buried in all the noise at the time.
Still lots of unanswered questions . . .
1. Comey coming out with his letter days before the election seems a double agent type of thing to do. James analysis letting Comey off for doing the right thing (although Clinton probably should have not even been in the race after the Wasserman fiasco - there really were top secret documents on Anthony Weiner's laptop that had not been handed over to the FBI, apparently e-mails that Hillary had failed to make sure were erased) but still he fails to mention it was against the FBI's official policy to send such a letter. (see Mukasey memo.)
2. Also, dismissing the annexation of Crimea simply as something the U.S could not have predicted, and not have stopped, even though they were well aware of Russia's military buld up on the border, does not make sense, as after reading the Pentagon Papers, you would realize the IC's deep analysis and preparation that goes into all the protocols for handling each possible scenario. My guess is the U.S. wanted to allow that to happen. (Maybe for a good reason.)
Thank you James Clapper for writing this great book, and allowing an official glimpse into what's been going on in the world.

Thanks for practicing truth to power, (and promoting facts.)

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