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“Congressman Mike McCaul has become one of our nation’s leading experts on homeland security.  This excellent book gives us a very us a very useful analysis of dangers we face and the things we must do to prepare ourselves for the challenges presented to us.”
—Rudy Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York City
 
"A critically important book that every American should read.  Congressman McCaul has captured the very real threats facing our Homeland, the factors that have contributed to them, and, most important, what we should do about them.  A work of non-fiction, the book reads like a spy thriller.  A reader will not be able to put it down.”
–Michael Morell, Former Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and author of The Great War of Our Time
 
“Threats to the homeland didn’t end with 9/11. To stop future threats, you have first to envision them. Chairman McCaul does that vividly.”
– Richard Clarke, Former National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism
 
“Chairman Michael McCaul shows in careful detail how the evil that still exists in the world can quickly and stealthily visit destruction on the United States, its people and its friends.  With its eight frightening (but very plausible) scenarios, Failures of Imagination should be must reading for anyone responsible for or just concerned about American security in a turbulent time.”
–Michael Hayden, General, USAF (retired), Former Director of CIA and NSA

“Wow! Scared straight is a phrase I would use to describe Failures of Imagination. If lack of imagination failed us on 9/11, 2001, this book, Failures of Imagination, should make all of us sit up straight and take stock in what we are failing to do against, what I personally know is a vicious assault on our way of life. Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul’s book fills an important gap in the threats to our homeland better than all of our intelligence agencies and law enforcement services combined. The threats and scenarios presented are real and they are here in our country. Take notice, danger ahead.”
– Michael T. Flynn, Lieutenant General, United States Army (Retired), Chairman & CEO of Flynn Intel Group, Inc. 

About the Author

Congressman MICHAEL MCCAUL represents the state of Texas as a Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives. Born in 1962 and raised in Dallas, he served in the U.S. Department of Justice for over a decade and was the Chief of Counterterrorism and National Security in the U.S. Attorney's office in Texas. He was elected to Congress in 2005, and then appointed the chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security in 2013. He currently lives with wife Linda and five children in Austin, Texas.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Forum (January 12, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1101905417
  • ISBN-13: 978-1101905418
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Buxman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 12, 2016
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Some readers might criticize this book for giving ideas to our enemies, but that criticism would be misguided. Nothing described in Failures of Imagination can't be found in the public domain, and we can be assured that terrorists and state sponsors of terrorism are already exploring these avenues. As such, Mr. McCaul is doing our nation a great service by highlighting the need for the civilized world to think outside the box when it comes to terrorism. The format of this book is unusual but gripping. Each of the 8 scenarios is described in a compelling and often frightening fictionalized narrative, followed by a detailed analysis of the facts behind the story. The story telling aspects of the book are truly entertaining, but the explanation of the facts that give rise to the story is often quite disturbing. This is a book that our leaders and security experts should study. Although I received it late in the evening, I couldn't put it down.
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Failures of Imagination is written by a foremost authority in national security, Congressman Michael McCaul. His writing is informative, insightful, and enlightening. With national security and the threat of terrorism being the number 1 concern of Americans, this book is a must read for knowledge and to be prepared. Both interesting and necessary information for Americans!
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This sobering book details 8 possible scenarios of attacks on the US, the most terrifying of which is a smallpox attack by Islamic fundamentalists that begins in Disney (google "Operation Dark Winter" for this already gamed out scenario and its horrific ramifications).

While our government assures us we are dealing with a "jv" team, our enemies make plans to decapitate the US and this book describes how they could go about it.

The 9/11 commission called the attacks of that day “a failure of imagination”.

This book, written by U.S. House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, picks up where the commission left off revealing just how vulnerable we are to a myriad of threats, including bioterrorism, nuclear attack, cyber warfare and threats to our NATA alliances among others.

These types of attacks are not only plausible, they are probable and the foundations for the scenarios in this book all have basis in fact, detailed in the book as well as steps we can take to mitigate them.

More on “Operation Dark Winter” here:
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Wow! This is an incredible book. I'm not through with it yet, but I'm ordering another one for my daughter. The book is very well written. Michael McCaul really gives us an inside view of what is going on in the world. I love the scenarios of what could happen. Then how there is already the capabilities to pull them off. I consider myself a real news junkie, but had no idea of what's really going on behind the scenes. Great book! Every American ought to read it.
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Failures of Imagination is an important book for all Americans to read. U.S. House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul wrote this book in order to remind us of the terrorist threats we face, and to urge us to be vigilant and better prepared. This book is a must read for the intelligence community, national security professionals, first responders, Capitol Hill staffers, and other patriotic Americans who work to keep our country safe.
It is also a must-read for presidential candidates, who are vying to be the next commander in chief. The scenarios outlined in this book are plausible, frightening, and preventable - if we take the necessary steps to take these threats more seriously, and to combat them.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about the threats our country faces, and how to thwart them. As the 911 Commission noted, the government's failure to prevent the 911 attacks was in part a "failure of imagination" - in other words a failure to imagine scenarios that terrorists might have been plotting. This book is an attempt to get our government, and its leaders, to think imaginatively and creatively so that we can predict and prevent the next 911 from happening on American soil.
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The author points out the neglect and lack of leadership over the past seven years. He highlights the importance of true national security policy and action for the ultimate safety of American citizens and our friends and allies.
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A thoughtful and in depth look at how America must be prepared for the worst. A gripping read, and a call to action for our government.
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This book really captured the fears that many of us have when it comes to our ability to protect the homeland. I applaud Rep. McCaul for taking the time to prepare the American public on the very real dangers that we face. All too often we get caught up in the 24-hour news cycle and don't realize that attacks are happening in our country every single day. This book helped to reignite a desire to see homeland security policy on the forefront of every elected official's national agenda. I really enjoyed the book and plan to buy copies for many of my friends and family. It's a "must read!"
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