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The Shadow War: Inside Russia's and China's Secret Operations to Defeat America Kindle Edition
Are we losing a war few of us realize we’re fighting?
Jim Sciutto, CNN’s Chief National Security Correspondent, reveals the invisible fronts that make up 21st century warfare, from disinformation campaigns to advanced satellite weapons.
Poisoned dissidents. Election interference. Armed invasions. International treaties thrown into chaos. Secret military buildups. Hackers and viruses. Weapons deployed in space. China and Russia (and Iran and North Korea) spark news stories by carrying out bold acts of aggression and violating international laws and norms. Isn’t this just bad actors acting badly?
That kind of thinking is outdated and dangerous. Emboldened by their successes, these countries are, in fact, waging a brazen, global war on the US and the West. This is a new Cold War, which will not be won by those who fail to realize they are fighting it. The enemies of the West understand that while they are unlikely to win a shooting war, they have another path to victory. And what we see as our greatest strengths—open societies, military innovation, dominance of technology on Earth and in space, longstanding leadership in global institutions—these countries are undermining or turning into weaknesses.
In The Shadow War,CNN anchor and chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto provides us with a revealing and at times disturbing guide to this new international conflict. This Shadow War is already the greatest threat to America’s national security, even though most Americans know little or nothing about it. With on-the-ground reporting from Ukraine to the South China Sea, from a sub under the Arctic to unprecedented access to America’s Space Command, Sciutto draws on his deep knowledge, high-level contacts, and personal experience as a journalist and diplomat to paint the most comprehensive and vivid picture of a nation targeted by a new and disturbing brand of warfare.
Thankfully, America is adapting and fighting back. In The Shadow War, Sciutto introduces readers to the dizzying array of soldiers, sailors, submariners and their commanders, space engineers, computer scientists, civilians, and senior intelligence officials who are on the front lines of this new kind of forever war. Intensive and disturbing, this invaluable and important work opens our eyes and makes clear that the war of the future is already here.
About the Author
Jim Sciutto is CNN's Chief National Security Correspondent and CNN Newsroom Anchor based in Washington, D.C. He reports, anchors. and provides analysis across the network's programs and platforms on all aspects of U.S. national security, including foreign policy, the military, and the intelligence community. Prior to joining CNN, Sciutto served as ABC News' senior foreign correspondent.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
“For many years Russia and China have fought a war in the shadows to undermine the United States from the outer reaches of space to the deep seas of the Arctic. Sciutto’s excellent portrayal of those conflicts will keep you up at night.” -- Peter Bergen is the author of Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad
“Jim has done a superb job capturing the current and future space and cyber threats to our national security. More importantly, he describes what the resulting vulnerabilities mean to the average citizen. This book should serve as a wake-up call for all of us.” -- General William Shelton (ret.) is the former Commander of US Air Force Space Command
“The Shadow War is a clanging alarm, urging us to recognize and prioritize the threats we’ve ignored for too long. In crisp and elegant prose, Sciutto masterfully lays out how we got here and what we can do to deal with the asymmetrical challenges posed by Russia and China. The Shadow War is as alarming as it is necessary.” -- Julia Ioffe, foreign policy correspondent for GQ
“We are all vaguely aware that America and the West have been challenged recently in new and unusual ways—from tampering with elections to misinformation to cyberattacks. Jim Sciutto puts it all together and helps us understand the new ‘Shadow War.’ This is a timely book, defining for us the nature of international conflict in the foreseeable future. Sciutto is a highly intelligent, determined, and hardworking reporter, and it shows. The book is deeply reported, crisply written, and thoroughly engaging.” -- Fareed Zakaria, author of The Post-American World --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B07CRJ5QRH
- Publisher : Harper; Reprint edition (May 14, 2019)
- Publication date : May 14, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1261 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 316 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #544,055 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I am no great war hawk, but Jim Sciutto spells it out loud and clear that we are already at war with both China and Russia, and have been for some time now. We might have wished and believed they had rational intentions of being part of a new international order, but anyone who thinks so hasn't been paying attention to Xi and Putin's words and actions.
Read the book...some of this will raise your hair.
It reminded me a lot of Michael Lewis’s The Fifth Risk. That was an examination of Executive branch departments, this is more national security and defense, primarily in relation to China and Russia, but they both use stories and the people who lived them to highlight overlooked and important parts of our government. Parts that most people are unaware of but are critically important and may be failing in certain ways (mostly from the top, the people doing the work are great).
He had so many stories and details I did not know anything about. One example was the section about The Air Force Space Command, almost entirely unknown to me, despite laughing a little at Trump’s Space Force decision. Trump was probably right in the long term. It keeps getting more differentiated from what The Air Force does; it’s already so different, they do need their own focus, budget, skills, soldiers, etc. Perhaps it would have felt less laughable if the new logos and uniforms weren’t so based on pop culture.
But...but...holy cannoli did this book’s editors need to be better. There are so many annoying repetitions, then a lack of reminders of who people are when we actually need them. I haven’t been this annoyed by this kind of thing since my last Laurell K. Hamilton Anita Blake book.
Nevertheless, if I was to recommend 10 must-read books for the last few years, this would definitely be on the list. I’m usually ready to move on to a next book by the end of nonfiction books because my to-read shelves are overflowing, but I was disappointed to be done with this. I would love more chapters from him about how our military, government and politics work.
There’s quite a bit of parallel in human behavior at every level. What happens at the interpersonal level is also played out on world politics: desire to control, desire to expand, desire to regain lost territory, jealousy, envy, competition, the vying for superpower, passive-aggressive move, overt aggression, transgression of boundary, etc…all of which has the potential to cause out-of-control conflict.
The outstanding part to me was the Russian involvement in Ukraine; the secrets stolen by the Chinese spies. even making money selling them to their government; the disturbing cyber war; the race in space; and finally today’s lack of rules of war (with exception to the sea).
In his apolitical book, Sciutto shows extensive knowledge of foreign politics from his experiences, which are supported by professional quotes.
My only disappointment came when I reached the Epilogue. I didn’t want to stop reading!
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Noi europei abbiamo vissuto questo evento come una sorta di fine definitiva della seconda guerra mondiale, illudendoci che non ci siano più rischi di conflitti, se non quelli provocati dalla minaccia islamica.
Questo libro aiuta invece a capire il nuovo assetto mondiale, i nuovi conflitti tra le superpotenze e le nuove minacce.
Quindi Guerra Ombra anziché Guerra Fredda, con gli Stati Uniti poco consapevoli e divisi, e l'Europa non pervenuta.
Critics may see that the author works for CNN, but all his points should be appreciated by all political stripes.
In my opinion, a must read.