Facts and Fears
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?

Facts and Fears Details

TitleFacts and Fears
Author
ReleaseMay 22nd, 2018
PublisherViking
ISBN-139780525558644
Rating
GenrePolitics, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, History, Biography

Facts and Fears Review

  • Bettie☯
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Dylan Tomorrow
    January 1, 1970
    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 mass surveillance of everyone in the US by the NSA. What he writes about Russian meddling in US politics might not even be lies.But I don't trust him and never will for his criminal perjury.He did not forget and he did not accidentally lie either. Those are the standard excuses politicians always use 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 mass surveillance of everyone in the US by the NSA. What he writes about Russian meddling in US politics might not even be lies.But I don't trust him and never will for his criminal perjury.He did not forget and he did not accidentally lie either. Those are the standard excuses politicians always use when caught lying.I see his book as an attempt to make people trust him again and repair his public image. I hope that attempt fails.
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  • Stephen Hughes
    January 1, 1970
    If you have any doubts that the Russians meddled in the 2016 presidential election and our Democracy, AND if you doubt that the Russians were instrumental in ELECTING DONALD TRUMP president, READ THIS BOOK!! This happened and this is why Trump is undermining the justice department, the judicial system, the free and essential press and lying repeatedly on a daily basis. We are living through the most dangerous attack on our democratic institution in history - PERIOD!
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  • Robert Yaffee
    January 1, 1970
    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 influence on that electionwas probably the decisive factor. Although Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a margin of about 3 million voters,Clapper explains how Vladimir Putin probably with his botnets probably swungthe election to Donald Trump. The Russians targeted the battleground (swing)stat 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 influence on that electionwas probably the decisive factor. Although Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a margin of about 3 million voters,Clapper explains how Vladimir Putin probably with his botnets probably swungthe election to Donald Trump. The Russians targeted the battleground (swing)states with their informational warfare so that the election was won by 80,000 votes in three states. Many voters were convinced to reject the othercandidate because of the propaganda generated by the Russians. According to Clapper, the American exposure to the Russian cyber and information warfare was much more than that. Although some people would not go so far, becauseof many other factors involved, such as the Benghazi investigation noise, Jim Comey's comments about Hillary Clinton after deciding not to file criminal charges against her. However, Clapper convincingly makes a not just a plausible, but a probable case for the notion that the election was won by a margin of 80,000 votes in three swing states, each of which was targeted by the Russians. Voter exposure to the bot amplification of propaganda was extensive enough so that I am inclined to concur with fmr. Director James Clapper on this matter. Although we can't be absolutely certain about this, yet I believe that is likely that Clapper's claim is correct. Robert A. Yaffee, Ph.D.
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  • Cathy
    January 1, 1970
    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 I never got impatient. It held my attention and I was quite eager to pick it up every day, even inpatient. And I wasn’t left with that sense of disappointment that Comey’s book left me with because his was so much less informative. With Clapper, you get details, as much as he’s able to include. And you g 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 I never got impatient. It held my attention and I was quite eager to pick it up every day, even inpatient. And I wasn’t left with that sense of disappointment that Comey’s book left me with because his was so much less informative. With Clapper, you get details, as much as he’s able to include. And you get his opinions about a lot of controversial things. It’s a quality book.It’s a memoir, it isn’t a book about politics or social justice or even the IC. Except it’s also about all of that. His writing partner, Trey Brown, did a good job of capturing Clapper’s voice. He’s such a straight shooter and it feels very genuine, clearly thought out and presented, with a lot of wry humor. Logistically, it was another larger print nonfiction books, one of several I’ve read this year. Maybe the publishers think mostly old people will read it. That’s OK with me, I’m one of them now. And also someone finally included a glossary of abbreviations! I started General Hayden’s book (not the new one, the one before that) and was annoyed that I had to make a list to keep up with him.
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  • Corinne
    January 1, 1970
    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 families to the service of our country. Service to protect us. General Clapper wrote this book and does media interviews to try to give honest information as best he can within the constraints of material being classified. He followed his father in a lifetime of protecting Americans. If you enjoy a rev 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 families to the service of our country. Service to protect us. General Clapper wrote this book and does media interviews to try to give honest information as best he can within the constraints of material being classified. He followed his father in a lifetime of protecting Americans. If you enjoy a review of out nations history, this book gives you that. When he gets to recent years, it’s not just history that we obviously can’t change. He gives us an insight of the current situation of the Russian threat to our elections - something we need to know. No matter what party you are affiliated with. We need to aggressively monitor and stop the infiltration of Russia into our US cyber soil. Thanks to General Clapper for writing this “must read” I would recommend it to anyone.
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  • Carl Nelson
    January 1, 1970
    Facts Matter and this book is full of fhemThis is the most important postTrump book that has appeared to date (5/30/18). First it contains recent interesting history of U.S. intelligence going back to the early 90 s and earlier. And it brings that history into the present in a way that makes the present moment look so ominous. If nothing else read Clapped for his own explanation of how the conclusion of the evidence is that Russian interference changed the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Electi Facts Matter and this book is full of fhemThis is the most important postTrump book that has appeared to date (5/30/18). First it contains recent interesting history of U.S. intelligence going back to the early 90 s and earlier. And it brings that history into the present in a way that makes the present moment look so ominous. If nothing else read Clapped for his own explanation of how the conclusion of the evidence is that Russian interference changed the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election.
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  • Terry Earley
    January 1, 1970
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  • Christina Knight
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 probably going to cost Hillary the election, because of their propaganda value in influencing undecided voters. Hillary lost by less than one % of the vote in the swing states that swung the election. Only a little more than half of those voters had to be swayed by the WikiLeaks releases for Hillary to lose. Keep in mind that some democratic voters were demoralized by the WikiLeaks releases and stayed home. Also, some Bernie supporters were so angered by the content of the releases, that they either stayed home, voted for Trump, or voted for a third party candidate. The James Comey letter also had a significant role in Hillary's loss, but I absolutely agree with Clapper's analysis, that the activity of Russian influence, effected the outcome of the 2016 campaign. I also believe that there was a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians, and I eagerly await the final report of Bob Mueller. I do not believe in god, but I do believe in Bob Mueller (and Trump is shaking in fear).
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