Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes

eBook - 2017
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From President Bill Clinton's recommended reading list

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Warnings is the story of the future of national security, threatening technologies, the U.S. economy, and possibly the fate of civilization.

In Greek mythology Cassandra foresaw calamities, but was cursed by the gods to be ignored. Modern-day Cassandras clearly predicted the disasters of Katrina, Fukushima, the Great Recession, the rise of ISIS, and many more. Like the mythological Cassandra, they were ignored. There are others right now warning of impending disasters, but how do we know which warnings are likely to be right?

Through riveting explorations in a variety of fields, the authors--both accomplished CEOs and White House National Security Council veterans--discover a method to separate the accurate Cassandras from the crazy doomsayers. They then investigate the experts who today are warning of future disasters: the threats from artificial intelligence, bio-hacking, mutating viruses, and more, and whose calls are not being heeded. Clarke's and Eddy's penetrating insights are essential for any person, any business, or any government that doesn't want to be a blind victim of tomorrow's catastrophe.

Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : HarperCollins, 2017
ISBN: 9780062488046
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Dec 01, 2017

Want to read an outstanding book? Also, the best book out there on the events of 9/11, written by aviation expert, Lynn Spencer? Called Touching History, it completely demonstrates the abject uselessness of our national so-called leaders in time of foreign attack, including Richard Clarke!

Aug 21, 2017

Don't waste your time. The two authors clearly have an agenda and appear to be showing off "We're the smartest guys in the room". Clarke, best known for his arrogance during the Bush administration, is one of the co-authors, and he continues his "I knew better" shtick.

The examples included in the book - Fukushima, Hurricane Katrina, to name but two - are covered on a surface level. In each case there's a "hero" who sounded the alarm and a whole bureaucracy who ignored him (or her). There is much more to every one of these situations than that; the authors tell a simplistic story to match their agenda.

The points that are raised are worth considering, but their authorship is not.

Aug 10, 2017

Very interesting and informative but a little unsettling. There are situations that can be prevented or at least at mitigated if we would pay attention to the experts. Rather like "climate change"!!!


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