The Second Friday Talk be at 8 p.m. at the The Little Washington Theater. Richard Clarke will be the guest speaker. He has a new book out called Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes, which centers on whether we could have headed off a series of disasters before they hit. His talk will center on several past crises — 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Bernie Madoff, the 2008 meltdown, among them — and several future ones — climate change, hacking the electrical grid, genetic engineering. Clarke’s argument is that before every calamity, some expert spots danger and tries to sound the alarm, but most often no one takes their warnings seriously. How we can pick out those warning voices ahead of time is the subject of the talk. Clarke served as a national security honcho in four administrations (Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, W), and he wrote a #1 bestseller called Against All Enemies that was a behind-the-scenes look at counter-terrorism and how the US got involved in Iraq. The New York Times called it “a heart-stopping account of the turmoil inside the White House on the morning of September 11.” His new book has won all sorts of admiring notice. Everyone is welcome.
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