Facts and Fears by James R. Clapper

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 C...

Details Facts and Fears

TitleFacts and Fears
Release DateMay 22nd, 2018
GenrePolitics, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, History, Biography, Audiobook, Literature, American, Government, Biography Memoir

Reviews Facts and Fears

  • Tony
    FACTS AND FEARS. (2018). James R. Clapper. ****.This is one of those books that is a must-read for most all American citizens. It is a well-written expose of the life and activities of our former Director of National Intelligence. In it, he not only reviews the significant historical events surrounding America during the last 55-years (his length of service in the government), but provides his personal beliefs on the potential and real effects of...
  • Trish
    James Clapper has had a very long career in intelligence collection and he goes through it all for us here. He’s had practically every job out there in leadership in this field, capping his career as Director of National Intelligence. The DNI serves as head of the now seventeen U.S. intelligence collection agencies, and advises the National Security Council which advises the president. Listening to Mark Bramhall narrate the audio of this autobi...
  • Corinne
    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 li...
  • Dan Graser
    This memoir from former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, is a mixed bag but quite revealing mainly as to the actual function (or lack thereof) of the person occupying the DNI chair.At a time when blanket cynicism is ruling people's view of intelligence work, mainly because the dolt in charge of our executive branch has decided they are our enemy, it is always welcome news to hear such a full-throated, historically grounded, and e...
  • Marks54
    This is a well written and timely memoir of the former director of the Office of National Intelligence under Obama and a veteran of over 50 years of service. It is a detailed accounting of his work at various agencies, his service to multiple Presidents, his testimony to Congress at different times, and most recently his involvement in learning about and documenting the Russian interference in the 2016 elections. This book is comparable to Michae...
  • Robert Yaffee
    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, with his botnets, probably swungthe election to Donald Trump. The Russ...
  • Cathy
    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,...
  • Christina Knight
    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 reme...
  • Dylan Tomorrow
    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. Thos...
  • Jenn
    Mr. Clapper dedicated his life to military and public service. This is a story of his life, but more importantly, a recollection of the intelligence community and everything for which it stands. He served our country with integrity and truth. This book explained so much about what happened over the last 50 years in government. But more importantly, he dissects the infiltration of our government by foreign adversaries. Regardless of your political...
  • Rachel Brune
    There are many people to whom I’d like to recommend this book (and some I’d like to smack with it, any way of getting the message across.) This is an incredibly insightful and candid behind-the-scenes look at a career spent in service to the US in a field where failures are public and successes may never be truly known. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone with an interest in how the intelligence community serves the nation.
  • Carl Nelson
    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 c...
  • Robert
    Good, thought provoking and possibly illuminating. While this is at least in part an explanation / expiation from someone whose job it is to speak truth to power and speak not at all in the public sphere the book provides a clear picture of what Jim Clapper would like us to see and what kind of pressures, limitations, risks and restrictions his role in the intelligence community played and how some occurrences were likely misinterpreted by the me...
  • Matt Heavner
    Amazing career - I’ve always liked and respected Clapper, this book only made it more so. Important perspective on where we are now.
  • Barry Bozeman
    The truth about Bengazi and other mysteries revealed. An excellent account from an insider.
  • Joseph
    This book is quite simply the best memoir I have read in at least a decade. Jim Clapper collaborated with Trey Brown to put the book together. The book covers Clapper’s military service from his commissioning in 1963 to his retirement in 1995. It picks up again when Clapper returns to government service in 2001 until his departure from being the Director of National Intelligence in January of 2017.The first half of the book focuses on Clapper...
  • J.
    This is an excellent book and a fun and fast read at least for me it was fun. I’m often a fan of history and not usually as appreciative of contemporary history readings. Nevertheless, in this case I enjoyed Jim Clappers memorable memoir in which he takes the reader through his 55 years of service primarily in government from basically a Private in the USMC to a LTG USAF General Officer, then finally a Political Appointee in both the W. Bush an...
  • Priscilla
    Clapper has lived a very interesting life, most of it serving our country in the field of intelligence. I learned a lot about the intelligence services which is way more than the CIA, NSA, and FBI; and I enjoyed his perspective. The book is not about the Trump administration until the last two chapters, in which he goes into detail about how the Russians have been meddling in our society for generations, until they've become successful beyond the...
  • Kate T
    The first half of the book sets up how James Clapper started his life long career in intelligence. The second half kept me awake thinking about what I just read. Be warned that once you start reading, you can’t unknow the things in these pages. Reguardless of your political views, this book should be a wake up call to all Americans about how long Russia has tried to interfere in our Democracy (and it’s not a recent thing). I felt this was a f...
  • Bill Curtin
    Very interesting account of a national leader in the intelligence community. He ended his career as the Director of National Intelligence for President Obama. He also served under President Busch. He meet with Trump in the Trump Tower before the inauguration regarding the Russian interference in the election and also the Steele Dossier. He is very alarmed about the presidency of Trump and the and the various false and untruthful negatives that ar...
  • Heather Klein
    It was an easy read that gave some front line insight into the history of intelligence in some of the major points in history. The book is written in a forced objective manner that you can expect from someone with the background of Director Clapper, but you can read a little bit that through some of the life events he chooses to highlight that he has trended towards being socially liberal and progressive while not officially mentioning any party ...
  • Tom Walsh
    A remarkable account of a remarkable life spent in the service of the US Intelligence Community. Clapper details the arduous life of a young boy fascinated by codes and secrets who embarks on an amazing series of twists and turns and fortunate breaks leading to his rise to the position of DNI. He tells his stories, admits his mistakes and fears, gives credit to his associates and subordinates and casts a spotlight on the importance and difficulti...
  • Laurie
    Retired as Director of National Intelligence, Clapper gives an overview of his life of service to our country - about 55 years worth - and the agencies, people, and presidents he's known. I feel (and he's admitted in the book) this book was written with the last chapter in mind. With the Trump administration and the Russian interference investigation taking our democracy toward an unknown direction, James Clapper wanted to get his thoughts, facts...
  • Matt Papes
    Most of the folks I know do not have time to cover this 400 page book much of which is more than you ever wanted to know about Clapper's 55 year career in public service (admirable as it has been). But I highly recommend you read the chapter on Benghazi, as well as the final two chapters. You come away from this book with a comprehensive understanding of what the Intelligence Community (IC) does, as well as what a threat Russia is to the United S...
  • Genie
    Interesting memoir of former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. A long time public servant, I appreciated his telling of his career as the intelligence field changed and grew. Other interesting chapters- the Edward Snowden affairs and its impact and his views on Donald Trump. Clapper is known for his plain speaking and his views in Trumps’s penchant for lying are clear. To learn more about the role of intelligence today, definitel...
  • John Killian
    The first half of the book is difficult to get through due to the "alphabet soup" of government agencies. It is hard to follow. Then, in the second half, he spends more time on ongoing events. Most of this is information that is known if you follow the news carefully. There are some new and interesting bits of information that make the reading more interesting.
  • Dawn Myrix
    The decency and integrity of the man shines through. And his concerns for the basis of true democracy are a clarion call to this and successive generations. I had the privilege of actually serving with this man. He is all he represents. A fine, clear read.
  • Barbara Lovejoy
    This book was extremely enlightening for me.