Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War

Written by:
Fred Kaplan
Narrated by:
Malcolm Hillgartner
Price: $19.95 $4.99

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2016
9 hours 3 minutes
As cyber-attacks dominate front-page news, as hackers join the list of global threats, and as top generals warn of a coming cyber war, few books are more timely and enlightening than Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War by Slate columnist and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Fred Kaplan.

Kaplan probes the inner corridors of the National Security Agency, the beyond-top-secret cyber units in the Pentagon, the “information warfare” squads of the military services, and the national security debates in the White House to tell this never-before-told story of the officers, policymakers, scientists, and spies who devised this new form of warfare and who have been planning—and, more often than people know, fighting—these wars for decades.

From the 1991 Gulf War to conflicts in Haiti, Serbia, Syria, the former Soviet republics, Iraq, and Iran, where cyber warfare played a significant role, Dark Territory chronicles, in fascinating detail, an unknown past that shines an unsettling light on our future.
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Herb B.

This book contains a lot of really interesting detail behind the history and development of cyber warfare. It deals more with policy, actions, and results than actual code - you won't learn how anything is done. Nor does it go into detail about the technology behind it all. But it doesn't need to - this is about the shaping of what we can do, rather than how we actually do it. If you enjoy learning how policy is made, and the people who make it, then you'll enjoy this book. However. Be warned that it jumps seamlessly from one year/story, to another year/story, because there is some point of detail that needs to be made that is relevant to the point being talked about. It's all related, and the author is just trying to keep the reader informed, but it can be difficult to follow if you allow stray thoughts. I found myself rewinding parts because of traffic issues (listening while driving)! It is also read very fast, with only very short pauses between chapters, paragraphs, sentences, passages - so pay attention or you can get lost!

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Joseph H.

really liked it! Kaplan gives a no nonsense approach the the history of cyber warfare

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