Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes

Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes

by Richard A. Clarke, R.P. Eddy


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From President Bill Clinton's recommended reading list

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Warnings is the story of the future of national security, threatening technologies, the U.S. economy, and possibly the fate of civilization.

In Greek mythology Cassandra foresaw calamities, but was cursed by the gods to be ignored. Modern-day Cassandras clearly predicted the disasters of Katrina, Fukushima, the Great Recession, the rise of ISIS, the spread of viruses and many more. Like the mythological Cassandra, they were ignored. There are others right now warning of impending disasters—from cyber attacks to pandemics—but how do we know which warnings are likely to be right?

 Through riveting explorations in a variety of fields, the authors—both accomplished CEOs and White House National Security Council veterans—discover a method to separate the accurate Cassandras from the crazy doomsayers. They then investigate the experts who today are warning of future disasters: the threats from artificial intelligence, bio-hacking, malware attacks, and more, and whose calls are not being heeded. Clarke’s and Eddy’s penetrating insights are essential for any person, any business, or any government that doesn’t want to be a blind victim of tomorrow’s catastrophe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062488022
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/23/2017
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 187,892
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Richard A. Clarke served in the US government for thirty years, including as White House counterterrorism coordinator under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and became the first White House official placed in charge of US cybersecurity policy.

R. P. Eddy is the CEO of Ergo, one of the world's leading intelligence firms. His multi-decade career in national security includes serving as director at the White House National Security Council and as a senior U.S. and U.N. diplomat. He currently advises intelligence agencies, major corporations, and investors.

L. J. Ganser is an award-winning narrator with over 450 titles recorded to date. Prized for versatility, his projects range from preschool picture books to crime noir thrillers, from astronomical adventures (both science and sci-fi) to Arctic Circle high school basketball stories. He lives in New York City with his family.

Table of Contents

Missed Warnings

Chapter 1 Cassandra: From Myth to Reality 1

Chapter 2 The Spook: Invasion of Kuwait 19

Chapter 3 The Rebuilder: Hurricane Katrina 39

Chapter 4 The Arabist: The Rise of ISIS 57

Chapter 5 The Seismologist: Fukushima Nuclear Disaster 75

Chapter 8 The Accountant: Madoff's Ponzi Scheme 99

Chapter 7 The Inspector: Mine Disaster 121

Chapter 8 The Market Analyst: The 2008 Recession 143

Chapter 9 The Cassandra Coefficient 167

Current Warnings

Chapter 10 The Computer Scientist. Artificial Intelligence 199

Chapter 11 The journalist: Pandemic Disease 217

Chapter 12 The Climate Scientist: Sea-Level Rise 237

Chapter 13 The Weatherman: Nuclear Ice Age 261

Chapter 14 The Engineer: The Internet of Everything 283

Chapter 15 The Planetary Defender: Meteor Strike 301

Chapter 16 The Biologist: Gene Editing 325

Chapter 17 Can You Hear Her Now? 351

Acknowledgments 369

Notes 371

Index 391

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