Warnings Finding Cassandras to stop catastrophes

Richard A. 1951- Clarke

Book - 2017

"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 others. Like her, 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 uncover a method to separate the accurate Cassandras from ...the crazy doomsayers."--

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Published
New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers [2017]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
405 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 371-389) and index.
ISBN
9780062488022
0062488023
Main Author
Richard A. 1951- Clarke (author)
Other Authors
R. P. Eddy (author)
  • Missed warnings. Cassandra: from myth to reality ; The spook: invasion of Kuwait ; The rebuilder: Hurricane Katrina ; The Arabist: the rise of ISIS ; The seismologist: Fukushima Nuclear Disaster ; The accountant: Madoff's Ponzi Scheme ; The inspector: mine disaster ; The market analyst: the 2008 recession ; The Cassandra coefficient
  • Current warnings. The computer scientist: artificial intelligence ; The journalist: pandemic disease ; The climate scientist: sea-level rise ; The weatherman: nuclear ice age ; The engineer: the internet of everything ; The planetary defender: meteor strike ; The biologist: gene editing ; Can you hear her now?
Review by Booklist Reviews

In the marketplace of social-science publishing, it's rare to find a work offering a scheme that, if faithfully followed, can literally save millions of lives. Yet this bold claim from veteran national-security advisors Clarke and Eddy underlies a surprising but plausible strategy outlined here in 17 eye-opening chapters on how to ward off natural and man-made catastrophes. Invoking the image of Cassandra, the Greek goddess whose prophecies were dismissed by those around her, the authors point out that disasters like Hurricane Katrina, the Fukushima meltdown, and even the last Great Recession were foreseen by experts who were also ignored. Having worked directly in government during 9/11 and the rise of ISIS, Clarke and Eddy first analyze the unheeded forewarnings for such crises, then offer a prescription for separating Chicken Little doomsayers from the important experts who deserve our serious attention regarding everything from earthquakes to bioterrorism. Whether the authors' clearly explained advice can work in practice remains to be seen, but the public can ill afford to remain uninformed on this front. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

From President Bill Clinton's recommended reading listPublishers Weekly BestsellerWarnings 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, the spread of viruses and many more. Like the mythological Cassandra, they were ignored. There are others right now warning of impending disasters'from cyber attacks to pandemics'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, malware attacks, 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.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

From President Bill Clinton's recommended reading listPublishers Weekly BestsellerWarnings 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, the spread of viruses and many more. Like the mythological Cassandra, they were ignored. There are others right now warning of impending disasters—from cyber attacks to pandemics—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, malware attacks, 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.