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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2004

    Absolutely amazing

    Stock full of an exorbitant amount of insider insights, from a bi-partisan mentality, I might add. Anyone who would recommend you not reading this book is clearly trying to salvage the blind faith of their brutal fraternity.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2014

    Liberal propoganda

    LEAVE BUSH ALONE! Will you stop saying bad things about him? WMDs in iraq would be a serious threat. Also notice how no attacks on american soil have been carried out since 2003.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2014

    Deeply Inside the Government's Response to 9/11

    No one provides Richard Clarke's insight into how we functioned on 9/11.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    An Eye Opener

    Whether you are a Democrat or Republican, this is a must read for any American that wishes to have an opinion on our country's handling of terrorism. A lifelong Republican, Richard Clarke gives his first-hand account of our country's handling of terrorism. Serving 5 presidents Clarke reveals why he believes Clinton did the best job trying to prevent more terror; and why G.W. Bush's invasion of Iraq has set America back a generation for ending global terror.

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  • Posted August 23, 2012

    this is a great read for anyone that wants to know ( politically

    this is a great read for anyone that wants to know ( politically) about
    911 --- this was my first read after the horro --- clarke is well
    qualified with a blow right to the gut ( he doesn't play around). clear
    cut read without the BS.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

    This book makes you wonder...

    The book is pretty good. If you think it is all fact based, it gives a lot of inside information in the workings of the US Government.

    It is simply appalling what Bush and his croonies got away with. They declared war on Irak for no reason, other than distract americans from the real dangers of terrorism. Irak had nothing to do with 9-11 nor with al Qaeda.
    Where is all this nonsense going to?

    I recommend this book if you want background info into the reasons for 9-11.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2009

    NOT a Bedtime Story

    It is 1990. Bush 41 is President. Mikhail Gorbachev is Premier of the Soviet Union. A group of Islamic fundamentalists have just defeated the world's No. 2 superpower in a ten-year war in Afghanistan. A year later, the Soviet Union collapses. The same Islamic fundamentalists figure they can accomplish the same thing with the No. =1= superpower.

    In a hair-raising 300 pages that read like a Tom Clancy novel, but which in fact are the pages of =history= book, 30-year National Security Council veteran and National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism for Presidents Clinton and Bush 43, Richard Clarke, details why - and shows us =how= - Osama bin Laden and the rest are doing so.

    Published in 2004, =Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror= is the single most compelling and disturbing spellbinder I have encountered since Morris and Denton's =The Money and The Power=. While the implications of the latter book are =very= disturbing; the implications of the former are downright horrifying.

    Clarke is no ideologue. He is a can-do pragmatist. He ran the entire United States government from the command center in a nearly empty White House for 30 hours on September 11 and 12, 2001. He is no blamer. His orientation is simply, "Here's what happened; and here's what resulted from it, for better or for worse." Republican and Democratic administrations, the CIA, the FBI, the Departments of Defense and State are all praised and blamed equally.

    The reader - if he can put the book down every now and again to get some sleep - will almost surely come away with a detailed grasp of the entire epic that has transpired since the Shah of Iran was deposed by the Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini in 1979. Worse, that reader will come away realizing that the vision Clarke laid out in 2003 and 2004 is almost exactly what the Islamic fundamentalists have managed to accomplish.

    The Middle East is =not= Vietnam redux. It is much, =much= worse.

    The reader may also come away with a bad case of anxiety. This is not a work of fiction. And it is not for the squeamish. Read it at your own risk. But for your sake as an informed voter, do =read= it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2009

    Eye opening

    The attack on 9/11 was decades in the making. It was the result of opportunities taken and opportunities missed, both on the parts of the terrorists and of our foreign policies. This was an excellent 30- year look into national security.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2009

    Against All Enemies

    Absolutly enlightening.

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    Continuity is Key.........,

    Either fight or scuttle. <BR/>It is not (and should not be) `Business as usual' anymore. <BR/><BR/>Those who advocate resignation in the face of the different facets of ` international threats - disguised as promotion of science and technology' tend to exaggerate. <BR/>If you give up as The World Power (bound to play an important role) you will, in that case, be abdicating your responsibilities. <BR/>Then you will lack a sense of measure and will lose to some demented and screaming `gangsters' labelling themselves as `leaders'. <BR/>Panic can give way to submissive fatalism as happened to you in many countries in the Middle East and even in Somalia and Kenya wherefrom unfortunate events sounded like a work of fiction but indeed they led to real-life drama in which there were `many heroes'. <BR/>It was your fault to let the gathering clouds coming from small countries to herald worldwide storms that overtook (because they misinterpreted) your delay in taking immediate action. <BR/>Now you are acting differently. <BR/>But, would countries in Asia learn the lesson and take heed that America is now more serious than before; at least you've wiped-out the sense of defeatism. <BR/><BR/>Perhaps the scenario of deliberations between your two main `rival' parties should be tightly knit to become acceptable to the world ears so that future course of action can `pass' without qualms. <BR/><BR/>Continuity is Key....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2006


    Mr. Clark gave his all and caveat's to try to alert the people that should no better about the pending doom. I just finished reading The Looming Tower subtitle 'Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9-11' Written by Lawrence Wright. According to his fine research there was two very vocal people in the country in 1998 who were screaming about the threat of terrorist. Richard Clark and John O'Neill, former FBI Agent who died at the World Trade Center. They were acutely aware of the pending danger and Alqaeda and Osma Bin Laden. President Clinton did what he could but the subsequent administration closed the door on any pending threats. That threat is worst today then it was before we went into Iraq. We could have won this war if we had stayed in Afganistan, but this little cabal of civilians thought they knew best and as a consequence, were in dire trouble. Just today I heard three General's testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, it was ugly, they all have been or have been involved with the Iraq Theater. And yet, the people of this country are not being told the truth and as Richard Clark so predicted, we are in harms way. This did not have to be and as the General's so pointed out, Rumsfeld has to go. And now we have Bob Woodward's book, State of Denial. I fear many Americans' have their head in the sand and we need to move forward and save not only this country, but our Democracy. Thank you Richard Clark for being one of the first to bring this to our attention and your courage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2006

    Is Clarke Credible? Richard Miniter Thought So.

    In AAE's, Richard Clarke paints a portrait of the GW Bus Administration as being so preoccupied with Saddam Hussein that they ignored the threat posed by Al Qaeda, until 9/11 forced them to finally sit up and take notice. If you question Clarke's credibility, consider this: Clarke was one of the main sources in conservative author Richard Miniter's own book, Losing Bin Laden. Miniter NEVER Questoned Clarke's Crediblity in LBL-Not Once. Consider also that, while the Bush Adminstration made a lot of GENERAL criticisms of Clarke, not a single participant has personally denied the SPECIFICS of his recollections of the events in question. Consider finally that Clarke served in the administrations of three Presidents, both Republican and Democrat. Whether or not Clarke's memory is 100% accurate on every detail-which he himself admits it may not be-his many years of public service has earned him the right to tell his story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2006

    Mixed review

    I gave it a 4 star rating because I think that the book well illustrates the level of incompetence that our elected officials can show in the spirit of competition between departments. It also illustrates the level of naivete' the government and the rest of us felt and seem to be feeling again with repsect to our vulnerabilities and thoughts that we are invincible as a nation. However, it seemed the author was often tooting his own horn. It almost read like it was written by a certain national cyndicated talk radio personality that claims to be 'all knowing'. This author comes from the left, rather than the right wing. Its political, obviously biased towards the previous administration, and at times self agrandizing, but I think the author's indignation is, at times, righteous. It must have been extremely frustrating to deal with the weak commitment and half &^%ed attempts to address terrorism that, if properly dealt with, could have prevented 3500 dead on 9-11.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2005

    I Learned A Lot

    Clarke has written an excellent chronological history of our terrorist efforts. Learned a great deal about behind the scenes preparation & reaction to terrorist events. Must reading for anyone who wants to understand how the United States reacts to terrorism.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2005

    Richard Clarke writes a phenomenal book, that depicts President Bush and his faction's thrist for war in Iraq.

    Richard Clarke writes a extraordinary book. It stupefies the reader, by explaining how Bush and his cronies perceived the 9/11 attack. How Bush and his faction wanted to connect the attacks on the World Trade Center with Iraq, detailing how this administration pushed for a war in Iraq. Furthermore, he writes of the mendacities by the entire Bush administration for their plan to invade and occupy a foreign country under the guise of democracy. Clark also illuminates his discussions with President Bush how Bush was completely uninterested in the truth he wanted only associations to Iraq, so there could be an invasion. Moreover, he writes that Bush and his faction looked for ways to manipulate or lie about the facts to justify a war and an invasion to the American people and more important Congress. In addition, Clarke had information that he tried to give to Bush almost a year in advance, but this was to no avail.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2004

    We have met the enemy and they are us!

    This is a very well told story of Richard Clarke's experiences working in Washington D. C. during four presidencies (Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush). Except for having to wade through all the acronyms (and I often had to go back and remind myself what they stood for), Richard Clarke tells of his experiences, thoughts, frustrations, and finally, disillusionment with Washington bureaucrats and the apparent lack of priority and understanding that 'terrorism in America' is present. And this was long before 911. Richard Clarke pulls no punches. I couldn't put it down. It was like reading a suspense novel -- except it actually happened and is continuing to happen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2004

    Take notice

    It is the responsibility of every American to pay attention to elected officials. When people like Richard Clarke, who has devoted his career to national security issues, feels strong enough about the direction the Bush administration has taken to speak out, people need to pay attention. Read this book but don't stop there. Read all you can on this administration and the big picture will become clearer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2004

    Very informative but also very inadequate

    Against All Enemies has two themes: (A) Al Qaeda, how US security agencies gradually became aware of it, bin Laden¿s role in it, and the Bush administration¿s disregard of Al Qaeda before 9/11; and (B) Iraq, particularly the Bush Administration¿s obsession with deposing Saddam Hussein. Clarke discusses (A) extensively and provides wonderful insights into how the security agencies dealt with terrorism during the Clinton years, but for all the venom he expends criticizing Bush for focussing on (B), he really says very little about how he personally would have handled Iraq. His bitterness about the failure to prevent the 9/11 attacks is unmistakable, and rightly so, but this is no substitute for an adequate plan of how Iraq should have been dealt with. Against All Enemies is a godsend for people who like to hate President Bush and don¿t want to exert themselves by thinking realistically about Iraq. If you read only this and other books of a similar bent, you will have no choice but to hate Bush even more than you already do. It is only by reading books that seriously discuss Iraq that you become aware of how grossly inadequate Clarke¿s book is. I would recommend Kenneth Pollack¿s book The Threatening Storm, written before the invasion of Iraq, and his article in Jan 2004 issue of The Atlantic. Clarke asserts, correctly I think, that Al Qaeda was the more immediate threat before 9/11 and remained the more immediate threat up to the invasion of March 2003. But Al Qaeda will probably never have the means to produce a nuclear bomb itself. It can only obtain one from another source. Clarke says nothing to justify his belief that Bush could have let Saddam off the hook in 2003 and still have kept Iraq under control via sanctions and inspections. All the evidence points the other way. The sanctions regime was crumbling because of increasing Iraqi trade and smuggling with Iran, Jordan, Turkey, Russia and France. I have yet to read an analysis that discusses that trend on a serious adult level and still conclude that Saddam would not become a far greater security threat to the US than Al Qaeda over time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2004

    wonderful and fun!!!

    I just loved this book. I feel like I just understand so much more and it was an easy book to understand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2004

    Inside Story From Counterterrorism Professional

    Clarke does excellent job of a concise and readable history of rise of terrorism from the 80s to now. He analyzes every president since Reagan on their actons that effected terrorism. He focuses on Clinton and Bush II. This is not an attack book on Bush II. He criticizes Clinton as well and most of the book is about Clinton's counter-terrorism efforts. I thought it was very telling his description of Clinton with his drive to understand issues staying up to 2 or 3 AM with Bush in bed by 10pm looking for the bumper sticker solution. Also very telling about his consideration of airplane attack for 96 Olympics. Another good lesson was Clinton's difficulty in getting Dept of Defense or CIA to get bin Ladin. He could not make the beaucracy move. For those of you who are rational analtical people who are not blindly partisan this is a must read prior to November.

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