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

Reviews Facts and Fears

  • Montzalee Wittmann
    Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence by James R. Clapper is a book I had heard a lot about and wanted to read but really I was worried it was going to be dry and boring, boy was I wrong. He looks so calm and ... sorry, but drab, I know that exciting story is he going to tell me? Well, I need to eat that piece of humble pie now, even this man's childhood was exciting! His life would make a great movie! This book talks about lif...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jean
    This is the memoir of James Robert Clapper (1941- ). Clapper is a retired Lieutenant General of the United States Air Force. He was Director of National Intelligence (2010-2016), Director of Defense Intelligence (1992-1995), Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (2001-2006), Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (2007-2010).Clapper wanted to attend a military academy but he failed to meet the vision requirements. He joined...
  • 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...
  • Mahlon
    While it's really an overview of James Clapper's career, Facts and Fears also serves as a history of the IC because James Clapper was there for almost every significant event of the last 50+ years. A very important book to read especially now.
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Book
    Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence by James R. Clapper and Trey Brown“Facts and Fears” is a compelling memoir of the intelligence community. Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI), James R. Clapper shares his vast experiences as a public servant in a rather candid and methodical manner. This frank 431-page book includes the following twelve chapters: 1. Born into the Intelligence Business, 2. Command and Controve...
  • Aaron Million
    President Barack Obama referred to the job of Director of National Intelligence as the second most thankless job in Washington. After reading James Clapper's memoir, it would be hard to argue that point. Clapper recounts his life from birth up to the present day, but certainly the bulk of the book concerns his six and half years as DNI. One has to wonder what impulse of sadism possessed Clapper to take this high profile, high responsibility, yet ...
  • 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...
  • Chris Brimmer
    This is the book Comey could have written, no this is the book that Comey should have written. James Clapper in over 400 dense, dry, taciturn pages explains more about how the intelligence community works and how it fails than I think I have ever seen from any other source. At the same time, agree with him or not, you get the impression of a man with little ego, tremendous integrity and genuine humility who attributes his success to strong women ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Mary Thompson
    A must-read for anyone who cares about the future of our democracy. I highly recommend reading the whole book because it elucidates what the IC does and why. But if you are short on time or attention span, you must read the last two chapters on the election, Russian interference, and the danger the ongoing Russian campaign poses to our country.
  • 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.
  • Sassan
    James Clapper is a lifelong public servant who has sacrificed his life for the safety and security of America. He is a lifelong public servant that has always been non-political and first was enticed with the intelligence business following his father who was an intelligence analyst for the military. As a young kid under the age of 12, he used his grandparents black and white television, was able to hack into the Philadelphia police department, a...
  • Tadas Talaikis
    It has been 1939 days since James Clapperlied to Congress and the American people.What a piece of propaganda, this time from "democrat's" side: "Russia is existential threat". Oh my Caesar, what a game in this circus trying to get attention.What really matters:1) No one gives a sh*t about you, they care about their own games.2) As a consequence, doesn't really matter, Russia, America, China, everyone are are dangerous crocodiles.3) Only those cro...
  • 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...
  • Mike Maurer
    Beging someone who is deeply interested in all things spying, I grabbed Director Clapper's book. Here is tells his story of service in the Intelligence Community for 50 years. He was a 3 star general in the Air Force, plus lead US intelligence agencies leading up to being the DNI for seven years. Director Clapper doesn't pull any punches and is clear about what is before us.His stories are fun to read. I bet there is a lot more he could tell, but...
  • Madelon
    Curious about US intelligence services? James Clapper takes us through his life as the son of a military intelligence officer through his own career as the same. I loved the anecdote of how he spent his summer vacation as an eleven year old. He, in his own words, "hacked" the local police radio feed using a tv and some toothpicks. Remember, this is back when tuning your television to a particular station required you to turn the dial by hand. He ...