Facts and Fears offers a privileged look inside the United States intelligence community and addresses with the frankness and professionalism for which James Clapper is known some of the most difficult challenges in our nation's history.
James Clapper served as the fourth United States Director of National Intelligence--the United States' top intelligence officer and President Obama's senior intelligence advisor--from 2010 until 2017. Beginning his career as an enlisted Marine Corps reservist in 1961, Clapper eventually became a three-star Air Force lieutenant general and director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, retiring from uniformed service in 1995. In 2001 he returned to service, becoming the first civilian director of the National Imaging and Mapping Agency just three days after 9/11. In 2007 he was appointed the Pentagon's top intelligence official, serving as an appointee for both the Bush and Obama administrations before President Obama appointed him as DNI. Trey Brown is a 1997 graduate of the US Naval Academy who started his career as a helicopter pilot and was twice deployed to the Persian Gulf before returning to teach at his alma mater. After serving as a US Navy spokesman from the Pentagon, he joined the Office of the DNI, where he began writing speeches in 2011. He has written hundreds of speeches, eight which were published in the world's top speechwriting journal, Vital Speeches of the Day, and was James Clapper's speechwriter for his final three years as DNI. Clapper's speech to Morehouse College, "Why Black Lives Matter to US Intelligence" received the grand prize of the 2017 international Cicero speechwriting award.
"James Clapper has written the best book on intelligence in a
generation. . . . At a critical time in our nation, [Clapper]
offers a crucial insight into the threat we face. . . . His great
sense of humor also makes the book a pleasure to read."
"James Clapper might just be the nation's most experienced intelligence officer ever. . . . Facts and Fears does more than simply tell Clapper's own story. . . . Instead, he's written a book that stands with the likes of Robert Gates' first memoir, From the Shadows. . . . Clapper's book tells the first, thoughtful, in-depth history of the rise of the American intelligence community as a semi-united entity. . . . Readers of this memoir will find a more complex and nuanced portrait than they might expect. The James Clapper who comes across in the book possesses a self-deprecating charm and a wry sense of humor. . . . Every chapter of the book offers hard-earned lessons for our modern moment."