Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Lights Out

Lights Out: A Cyberattack: A Nation Unprepared: Surviving the Aftermath
By Ted Koppel
Crown Publishers, 2015. 279 pgs. Nonfiction

Disaster preparedness is not a new issue.  Hurricane Katrina brought to the headlines our nation's ability to respond to large scale national disaster.  But what happens if the disaster is not brought on by Mother Nature?  What happens if our power grid is compromised due to terrorist attack?  In "Lights Out", veteran journalist Ted Koppel explores both the possibility of this eventuality (it is scarily possible) and how long it would take for effected areas to recover (a lot longer than any of us would like to believe). 

Koppel presents a very well argued and thoroughly researched argument.  The United States is grossly unprepared to survive a cyberattack.  His message is definitely a little terrifying but he spends a good portion of the book reporting on the preparations of preppers, survivalists, and those crazy Mormons with their food storage and neighborhood emergency networks.  This is an excellent piece of investigative journalism and a timely warning to our nation, government emergency agencies, and citizens alike.


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