Book Reviews

Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Against all enemies 

ISBN 1-4193-1506-4 

By Richard A. Clarke 

Narrated by Alan Nebelthau 

9 Cassettes – 12 hours

Reviewed October 1, 2008 by Brent Herrick

The author has the credentials to give a firsthand account of the inner workings of the NSC and the white house operations relating to terrorism.  Clarke gives intimate details of conversations he had with administration officials and fellow NSC staff during each phase of the pre-911 run up and in the post 911 response.

This book is highly critical of the Bush administration.  It gives a very bitter account of the perceived deficiencies of the response to the 911 terrorist attack and points considerable guilt toward the administration for their lack of interest in Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Ladin. 

The overall tone of the book is angry has been viewed by the right as a one sided hit job against George W. Bush and his administration.  Despite this, I found the book highly informative and useful in understanding the chain of events surrounding the war on terrorism and how the failures came about.

By the completion of the book I found myself sympathizing with the author in dealing with the labyrinth of bureaucracy and myopic operatives within the White House. 

Regardless of your political views this book is a great one to get on tape, as it is a fascinating account that you can finish while driving and the narrator has a compelling voice that makes you feel as if the author is speaking to you.


Reprinted with permission given by the reviewer: Brent Herrick

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