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Security Mom could not be a more timely or engaging read. As both mother and homeland security expert, Kayyem weaves together stories that any parent can relate to with a larger and essential point. It is time for Americans to take responsibility themselves for securing their homeland, doing our part as citizens to make us a self-reliant and resilient nation.” (Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO of New America and bestselling author of UNFINISHED BUSINESS)

"A unique, personal and readable story about a compelling issue that touches all American families. Whatever your views on security policy, Juliette Kayyem provides important insights into the question: 'Are we safe?'" (The Honorable Michael Chertoff, Former United States Secretary of Homeland Security)

"Insightful, honest and with no shortage of humor, Kayyem's memoir may prove -- beyond any government accounting or historical analysis -- the most lasting contribution to explaining America's security efforts and engaging our communities for the challenges we will certainly face. She brings it home for all of us." (Edward Davis, Former Commissioner of the Boston Police Department)

"[A] lively debut...Kayyem bolsters her own story with real-life case studies, from the 9/11 terrorist attacks to the Boston Marathon bombing (nearly in her own backyard), and plenty of enthusiastic 'can-do' advice...Kayyem identifies with and is a leading voice for the worry-prone parents who will most appreciate her memoir."

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About the Author

In government, academia, business and media, Juliette Kayyem is one of the nation’s leading experts in homeland security. A former member of the National Commission on Terrorism, and the state of Massachusetts’ first homeland security advisor, Kayyem served as President Obama’s Assistant Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security where she handled crises from the H1N1 pandemic to the BP Oil Spill.  Presently a faculty member at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, she also is the founder of Kayyem Solutions, LLC, one of the nation’s only female owned security advising companies. Kayyem is a security analyst for CNN, a weekly show contributor on WGBH, Boston’s NPR station, and the host of the podcast Security Mom, also produced by WGBH.  In 2013, she was the Pulitzer Prize finalist for her columns in the Boston Globe.  A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Kayyem lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and three children.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (April 5, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476733740
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476733746
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Can security be fun? It doesn't have to be boring or frightening. Kayyem's book tells the story of her reluctant pivot from civil rights law to homeland security, and then takes off as she fully embraces her destiny with wit and passion. A combination of professional knowledge and personal anecdotes make this a highly relatable and fun read. There are some great practical tips, as well as an intelligent assessment of how we all got so scared, and what we can do instead.
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From being caught on a train heading to New York on that fateful September 11 to directing the response to the BP oil spill, Juliette Kayyem's personal and insightful story takes you right to the front lines of America's reaction to every calamity imaginable. Built around the message that "Sh-t happens," Juliette demonstrates that we must all be "Security Moms" and recognize that, despite its best efforts, no government can guarantee that danger will not be visited upon any of us or our families and that we must all take our own steps to protect ourselves. Infused with great wit and humor, Juliette brings us into her world as a security expert, showing both her extraordinary qualifications and her heart as a public servant and, most of all, a mother. This is a delightful must read, not just for moms but "Security Dads" as well.
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An engaging and unforgettable read. You cannot expect less from Juliette Kayyem.
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While obviously Ms. Kayyem is accomplished in many areas, her book did little to help me accomplish the purpose of my reading it: how to make my family safe. The cover states that it is a "guide to protecting our homeland and your home". The book could have been much more useful in this area if more detail was given on how to actually do this. Sadly, this information was hard to come by in the book. I wish that Ms. Kayyem, with such a rich and expansive knowledge in this area had shared more concrete steps so that our homeland and our homes can be better prepared when sh-- happens (as she aptly puts it). I envy the preschool parents who got her preparedness memo she mentions in the book. If only she had shared that and enlarged upon it, then this book might have lived up to its title and my expectations. As it is written, I gained little on how to prepare myself and my family from security threats.
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