America the Vulnerable: How Our Government Is Failing to Protect Us from Terrorism

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In this powerful and urgently needed call to action, national security expert Stephen Flynn offers a startling portrait of the radical shortcomings in America's plan for homeland security. He describes a frightening scenario of what the next major terrorist attack might look like — revealing the tragic loss of life and economic havoc it would leave in its wake, as well as the seismic political consequences it would have in Washington. Flynn also shows us how to prepare for such a disaster, outlining a bold yet ...

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Overview

In this powerful and urgently needed call to action, national security expert Stephen Flynn offers a startling portrait of the radical shortcomings in America's plan for homeland security. He describes a frightening scenario of what the next major terrorist attack might look like — revealing the tragic loss of life and economic havoc it would leave in its wake, as well as the seismic political consequences it would have in Washington. Flynn also shows us how to prepare for such a disaster, outlining a bold yet practical plan for achieving security in a way that is safe and smart, effective and manageable.

In this new world of heightened risk and fear, America the Vulnerable delivers a timely, forceful message that cannot be ignored.

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Editorial Reviews

Fareed Zakaria
“If officials in Washington would read just one book, this is it. It should scare us into action.”
Norman Ornstein
“America the Vulnerable will grip you, intrigue you, frighten you and inspire you. Flynn is a genuine expert.”
Gary Hart
“This book had to be written. Flynn’s threat scenarios are chillingly persuasive. His urgent prescriptions are compelling.”
Warren Rudman
“Stunningly detailed. Unsettling but necessary reading for all Americans deeply concerned about the future security of our nation.”
Jeffrey E. Garten
“A critical read for both our political leaders and every American citizen.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060571290
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/5/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 786,234
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Flynn is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He was the lead author of the task force report "America: Still Unprepared, Still in Danger," and his articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs. He spent twenty years as a commissioned officerin the U.S. Coast Guard, served in the White House Military Office during the George H. W. Bush administration,and was director for Global Issues on the National Security Council staff during the Clinton administration.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
1 Living on Borrowed Time 1
2 The Next Attack 17
3 The Phony War 37
4 Security Maturity 59
5 What's in the Box? 81
6 Protect and Respond 111
7 Mobilizing the Home Front 135
8 Fear, Paranoia, and the Gathering Storm 157
Afterword 171
Notes 179
Index 229
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2004

    Great Disappointment

    Perhaps my expectations were too high given the authors background. Spends way too much time with possible scenarios which, while interesting, don't really address the 'why' in sufficient detail. What I see in his priamry solution is changing the 'system.' What is entirely lacking is the factor of 'personal accountability.' Merely looking or attempting to change a system, if nobody is accountable, is like 'rearranging the chairs on the Titanic.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2004

    A MUST READ FOR ALL AMERICANS

    The security agency's around the country need to read this book. The author, Stephen Flynn details what we have done to improve security since the 9/11 attacks, and the mountain of reform still needed in the homeland security business. This is not a 'blame game' book.

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