Books by Richard A. Clarke

Richard A. Clarke was appointed by President Clinton as the first National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism in May 1998, and continued in that position under George W. Bush. Until March 2003 he was a career member


Released: July 25, 2017

"Of great interest to policy wonks and would-be political analysts, perhaps less so for general readers."
Why we should heed the warnings of qualified experts and how the failure to do so in the past has led to avoidable disasters. Read full book review >
PINNACLE EVENT by Richard A. Clarke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 19, 2015

"Thriller lovers no longer need the USSR and the Cold War for a scary-good story—just lose track of a few A-bombs for an exciting and all-too-plausible novel."
A fast-moving international thriller by the counterterrorism expert and author of Sting of the Drone (2014).Read full book review >
STING OF THE DRONE by Richard A. Clarke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 13, 2014

"Well worth reading, both for its quality as a riveting tale and for the issues it exposes. Americans profile people and kill them from air-conditioned offices half a world away. Then they commute home, kiss their spouses and answer the question, 'How was your day, honey?'"
The latest thriller by counterterrorism expert Clarke is both exciting and disturbing. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 20, 2014

"Fascinating insight—though much must be read between the lines—into how the nation's data-mining apparatus works—and how it's supposed to work."
Does keeping America free from harm in the post-9/11 world require that Americans surrender their Fourth Amendment rights? The country's security apparatus behaves as if the answer is yes—the subject of this official report to President Barack Obama. Read full book review >
BREAKPOINT by Richard A. Clarke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 2, 2007

"Some may be confounded by this international cyber-maze, which reads more like a textbook than a novel."
Former presidential adviser and terrorist specialist Clarke (The Scorpion's Gate, 2005, etc.) offers a lights-and-sirens futuristic techno-fantasy. Read full book review >
THE SCORPION’S GATE by Richard A. Clarke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 25, 2005

"Short on blood and guts, yes, but long on thoughtful, prescient analysis of realignments of power."
A reverse look, in the form of an intriguing, sophisticated thriller, at the conventional view of Middle Eastern terrorist operations, from someone who should know. Read full book review >