Cyber War - Richard A. Clarke & Robert Knake

Cyber War

By Richard A. Clarke & Robert Knake

  • Release Date: 2010-04-20
  • Genre: Political Science
Score: 3.5
From 106 Ratings


An essential, eye-opening book about cyberterrorism, cyber war, and the next great threat to our national security.  

“Cyber War may be the most important book about national security policy in the last several years.” –Slate

Former presidential advisor and counter-terrorism expert Richard A. Clarke sounds a timely and chilling warning about America’s vulnerability in a terrifying new international conflict. Cyber War is a powerful book about technology, government, and military strategy; about criminals, spies, soldiers, and hackers. It explains clearly and convincingly what cyber war is, and how vulnerable we are as a nation and as individuals to the vast and looming web of cyber criminals.

Every concerned American should read this startling and explosive book that offers an insider’s view of White House ‘Situation Room’ operations and carries the reader to the frontlines of our cyber defense. Cyber War exposes a virulent threat to our nation’s security.


  • Excellent book

    By dhfkaf
    This is an excellent book and I feel indicates that there is a real opportunity for students to enter into the study of computer science and hopefully prevent future cyber wars and make our world a safer place for all mankind.
  • Cyber war:A fascinating read

    By The-Bear
    Richard Clarke has written a classic on a topic that will continue to be talked and written about for decades. I found the "behind the scenes" conversations and decisions by three presidents and many high-ranking government leaders perhaps the most valuable contribution by Clarke. Also, this treatise does a thorough job of analyzing strategy in a world increasingly dependent on the Internet. Finally, Clarke goes out on a controversial limb with a number of recommendations he calls "the triad". Clarke is clearly not a technologist. Unfortunately, some of his examples are exaggerations or just plain wrong. For example, he tells us that power generators run at 60 Mhz. They run at 60 hertz, instead. The SQLSlammer did not cause the 2003 Blackout (Clarke implies that it could), nor have logic bombs ever killed anyone (as far as we know). Wall Street excesses have done far more damage to the financial sector than any cyber attack, and more damage is done by drunken drivers on our highways than black hats. The Cyber Security Institute data suggests that cyber exploit damages have declined since 9/11, and the FBI data claims average damages due to cyber crime is approximately $500 per incident. Bad, but hardly a disaster! Nonetheless, Cyber War shows what might happen if we do nothing. And as Clarke laments, our leaders are as naive about the potential for cyber disaster as they were about terrorism on 9/10/01. Better to act now than wait for the Big One.
  • Don't bother

    By L.A.Rankin
    Dry, simplistic and b-o-r-I-n-g. Nothing like his previous best seller.
  • Pay Attention!

    By A Lert Citizen
    Here find action items worthy of consideration and discussion, then dissemination. A call for awareness and in support of too-long-ignored warnings of potential devastation of critical components of economies, even societies as we know and understand them today.
  • Must Read!

    By tfurbay
    An eye-opening education of the vulnerabilities our nation, it's industries and population face in cyberspace. God willing our political leaders will read this book.
  • Interesting, but tough to read

    By Vtxman
    Despite some of e negative reviews, i think that the author does bring up some valid points regarding cyber security. However, the book is written in a way that is very boring and requires a lot of patience to get through. I would recommend this book for someone researching cyber security as the author clearly has decades of experience at the highest level of government dealing with these issues, but an average reader will quickly bore and give up.
  • FUD

    By Code24
    Clarke writes "cyber security" in a way that only a career bureaucrat given memos from real experts that he obviously didn't understand, could. While there is a real threat from cyber attacks, Clarke's take on it has more to do with sensationalism, and spreading fear to make a quick buck, than to actually educate. While I would not doubt his credentials on traditional terrorism and security, it's obvious that he lacks any understanding of this more modern threat.
  • Wrong in many ways

    By Chayak
    There are a lot of things wrong with the content of this book. The author is wrong in many areas and draws conclusions about things he really doesn't know about. There are errors in terminology such as calling backdoors trapdoors. Then he draws conclusions about events he really knows nothing about and is making wild assumptions. Anyone actually involved in the subject would regret ever buying this book.
  • Cyber War

    By Rastau
    This guy is good at predicting the past and discussing already public information a way that positions his subject(s) as "not as smart as me", yet he seems totally incapable of convincing anyone of anything. If he is really so smart......