Lights Out

A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath
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Audio (8.17 hours)
Product Number: Z100091363
Released: Oct 27, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781101888964
Narrator/s: Ted Koppel
Publisher: Books on Tape
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In this New York Times bestselling investigation, Ted Koppel reveals that a major cyberattack on America's power grid is not only possible but likely, that it would be devastating, and that the United States is shockingly unprepared. Imagine a blackout lasting not days, but weeks or months. Tens of millions of people over several states are affected. For those without access to a generator, there is no running water, no sewage, no refrigeration or light. Food and medical supplies are dwindling. Devices we rely on have gone dark. Banks no longer function, looting is widespread, and law and order are being tested as never before. It isn't just a scenario. A well-designed attack on just one of the nation's three electric power grids could cripple much of our infrastructure-and in the age of cyberwarfare, a laptop has become the only necessary weapon. Several nations hostile to the United States could launch such an assault at any time. In fact, as a former chief scientist of the NSA reveals, China and Russia have already penetrated the grid. And a cybersecurity advisor to President Obama believes that independent actors-from "hacktivists" to terrorists-have the capability as well. "It's not a question of if," says Centcom Commander General Lloyd Austin, "it's a question of when." And yet, as Koppel makes clear, the federal government, while well prepared for natural disasters, has no plan for the aftermath of an attack on the power grid. The current Secretary of Homeland Security suggests keeping a battery-powered radio. In the absence of a government plan, some individuals and communities have taken matters into their own hands. Among the nation's estimated three million "preppers," we meet one whose doomsday retreat includes a newly excavated three-acre lake, stocked with fish, and a Wyoming homesteader so self-sufficient that he crafted the thousands of adobe bricks in his house by hand. We also see the unrivaled disaster preparedness of the Mormon church, with its enormous storehouses, high-tech dairies, orchards, and proprietary trucking company - the fruits of a long tradition of anticipating the worst. But how, Koppel asks, will ordinary civilians survive? With urgency and authority, one of our most renowned journalists examines a threat unique to our time and evaluates potential ways to prepare for a catastrophe that is all but inevitable.

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Author(s): Ted Koppel
Awards:New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: Oct 27, 2015

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Author(s): Ted Koppel
Narrator(s): Ted Koppel
Product Number DD19283
Released: Oct 27, 2015
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ISBN: #9781101888933
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Author(s): Ted Koppel
Product Number EB00598195
Released: Oct 27, 2015
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: #9780553419979

Professional reviews

"Broadcast journalist Ted Koppel explores the vulnerability of our information and electronic infrastructure through a series of interviews with a variety of individuals ranging from government representatives to survivalists and Mormons. Some are and some aren't preparing for an eventual electronic disruption and its long-term impact on our daily lives. Given his career, Koppel handles the reins of the narration reasonably well. He has good timing, and he knows how to make his key points pop for listeners. He avoids impersonations with quotes, but, in true journalistic fashion, he does announce the beginning and end of each quotation, which can get a little tedious for listeners. L.E. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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