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The Threat

How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump
Written by: Andrew G. McCabe
Narrated by: Andrew G. McCabe
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
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The instant number one New York Times best seller!  

This program is read by the author.  

On March 16, 2018, just 26 hours before his scheduled retirement from the organization he had served with distinction for more than two decades, Andrew G. McCabe was fired from his position as deputy director of the FBI. President Donald Trump celebrated on Twitter: "Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy."  

In The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, Andrew G. McCabe offers a dramatic and candid account of his career and an impassioned defense of the FBI's agents and of the institution's integrity and independence in protecting America and upholding our Constitution.  

McCabe started as a street agent in the FBI's New York field office, serving under director Louis Freeh. He became an expert in two kinds of investigations that are critical to American national security: Russian organized crime - which is inextricably linked to the Russian state - and terrorism. Under Director Robert Mueller, McCabe led the investigations of major attacks on American soil, including the Boston Marathon bombing, a plot to bomb the New York subways, and several narrowly averted bombings of aircraft. And under James Comey, McCabe was deeply involved in the controversial investigations of the Benghazi attack, the Clinton Foundation's activities, and Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.  

The Threat recounts in compelling detail the time between Donald Trump's November 2016 election and McCabe's firing, set against a pause-resisting narrative spanning two decades when the FBI's mission shifted to a new goal: preventing terrorist attacks on Americans. But as McCabe shows, right now the greatest threat to the United States comes from within, as President Trump and his administration ignore the law, attack democratic institutions, degrade human rights, and undermine the US Constitution that protects every citizen.   

Important, revealing, and powerfully argued, The Threat tells the true story of what the FBI is, how it works, and why it will endure as an institution of integrity that protects America.

©2018 Andrew G. McCabe (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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Krystal

This book has incredible insight on how the FBI is run during the most dramatic incidents in international history. It’s the memoir of a frontline worker whom rosed the ranks during the age of terrorism. This is a story of a patriot whom is speaking out in worrisome times to ensure the public that a deep state conspiracy is not the institution McCabe has devoted his life to. I found McCabe 100% credible and honest. I found his life and his stories aspiring. I found his stories regarding the Trump administration only solidifying what most news literate already know that the Trump administration has far from the “Best People” that incompetence is it’s mandate and eating up people who serve the constitution is their game.

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Well written and read. Very informative.

loved this book. really helped me to understand the way the FBI works and how criminal investigations are conducted. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn the facts.

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You will gain a better understanding of the FBI<br />

McCabe provides a first person view of his career in the FBI culminating in his experience of dealing with the current president. Unfortunately, it will confirm your worst suspicions about Trump's venality and vindictive behaviour.

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Relentlessly Honest

A Great book, well narrated by the author. I think that hearing Mr McCabe, added additional depth and emotional nuance to the book. The book explains in detail the reasoning and research that made an investigation of the "president" and his band of yes-men not only necessary, but mandatory to protect the citizens and allies of the United States.
I am thankful that men and women with the courage, intelligence and dedication of Mr McCabe and Mr Comey are doing their job and are unwilling to be sidetracked or intimidated by greedy, self serving sociopathic politicians. (For whom Donald Trump is the poster child)
I recommend this book to anyone who believes in the importance of democracy & the rule of law. And I applaud the efforts of thousands of unseen patriots, who ( like Mr McCabe ) work tirelessly, ( often at great risk to themselves and their families ) to protect their country from those who willingly conspire with known enemies, ignore and undermine the intent and letter of the law and the Constitution for the opportunity to line their pockets and satisfy their boundless ego's.
This book gives you a glimpse of the job that the intelligence services do, of the rules of law that guide them and the dedication of the people who work for them. Interesting and informative.

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what a great read

he really enlightened me on what it was like to be in the trenches. a wonderful read.

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Articulate, Detailed, and Compelling

FBI credo forms the skeleton of this book, given flesh by a clear and linear recollection of McCabe's most notable experiences within the organization.

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Thank you Andrew!

I loved this book quite insightful full of information about FBI roles and policies. It also is a candid look into Trump and his manipulative behaviour. I can only hope there are more people like Andrew McCabe, his integrity, intellect and deep commitment to his country.

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Excellent, no fluff just facts

Excellent book, some facts were surprising others not. Still this is well worth listening. Great insight into how things really work at the FBI and the tight rope the agency at time has to walk. Also a reminder that these are every day people with incredibly demanding jobs.

Looking forwards to his “next” book when Trump is no longer in office, not that the intentional lasting effects will go away with his departure!

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More FBI insights in the age of Trump

A worthwhile listen, although I confess to tiring of reading more on Trump's antics. I chose this book, as it essentially picks up where James Comey's account left off. With Comey fired, McCabe began the acting director of the FBI, but not for long. Cruelly and vindictively fired just hours before he would have received his pension, Americans have McCabe to thank for getting Robert Meuller installed as special investigator - and ensuring he couldn't be axed. Bit of a nail biter on that front. Lots of FBI and White House insights.

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Believeable Read

Saddest part is the majority of the American public who actually voted for Trump will never be able to comprehend they voted a career white collar criminal into the office of President. They’ll simply default to the old cop out that all politicians are criminals.

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  • Greb
  • 2019-02-19

The FBI & DOJ

This well-written and performed book aside from the 2016 campaign is a great look into the inner workings of the FBI, and the relationship with DOJ in cases such as the Underwear Bomber, the Shoe Bomber, the Boston Marathon, and ISIS.

2016 is a subject that will never be agreed upon and therefore it’s not what made the good impression of the book on me. I do believe Mr. McCabe and Mr. Comey.

Regardless of party affiliation, the daily assaults on American institutions such as DOJ, and FBI that require the trust of American citizens is harming our country greatly and will take a long time to repair.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-02-20

Must read!

I was expecting the usual mediocre writing and less than professional narration but I was so wrong. Andrew McCabe is an excellent writer and narrator. I am so thankful to listen to an account of Donald Trump’s campaign and presidency that is apolitical. This account is compelling and chilling without hyperbole. McCabe is candid while presenting facts that are entirely consistent with media reporting and laid out succinctly in this truly believable account. I highly recommend his book to all persons looking for objectivity in this politically charged atmosphere.

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  • John
  • 2019-02-20

great look into the fbi

McCabe obviously has a lot to say about Donald Trump, but this book goes deeper than that. McCabe was a key interrogator of the underwear bomber, was a key member of the Boston marathon bombing investigation, and several other incidents that have drifted to the background of our consciousness. this book is partly political but wholly a book about the fbi shop. he doesn't go into great detail about any one case, but does give a great overview of the work that thousands of Americans do every day for the good of the country. he is pointed with his criticisms of the trump administration, but the politics are all concerning his personal interactions, and accusations leveled against him by the president of the United states.

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  • Mdobpsych
  • 2019-03-04

Excellent, full of facts, honors the FBI.

Extensive coverage of everything from early russian mob investigation to Boston marathon bombing, Comey's firing, Mccabes firing, and the moments of courage and lack of courage by those involved. Adds integrity and honor to FBI as an institution, along with those who serve in it.

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  • KathrynVB
  • Chicago, IL USA
  • 2019-02-21

This should be read by every American

This is exactly what I expected. Concise, factual, comprehensive. I was especially happy to hear again about the FBI's evolution after 9/11 as a leader in worldwide intelligence gathering. Another fine book, The Threat Matrix, detailed then-Director Robert Mueller's insistence on legal interrogation techniques and our realization, after time, that it actually produced more useful intelligence than physical and psychological torture.

Because we live in the Trump era, you will either believe Andrew McCabe or you won't. I hope that you will. Our nation is under attack, and our president is part of the assault. Only the patriotic men and women in the FBI, and their governmental and civilian counterparts, can save us. Thank you, Mr. McCabe.

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  • Buff
  • 2019-03-01

Integrity and courage!

This an important narrative that all citizens should hear. It is told as apolitical as possible. Andrew McCabe tells us this story in an unbiased way and offers valuable insight into the role and workings of the FBI.
Anyone who wants to know the truth should read or listen to this book!

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  • Sean O'Shea
  • 2019-02-19

Truth will win out

What has been characterized as ‘McCabe’s lack of candor’ in dealing with Comey/Hillary email leaks, is put in context with the early scary era of the Trump Administration.
That context suggests that the events unfolding with the Administration were staggering, even to seasoned FBI professionals. It is staggering, now, for laymen (and women) to reconsider what McCabe and others were dealing with. Important read.

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  • Charles Meyers
  • Los Angeles
  • 2019-02-23

A MUST read!

This book is EXCELLENT! An incredible peek inside the process and cooperation within the FBI, it manages to help restore faith in the process of our federal justice department. Thank God for the men and women of the justice department who continue to dutifully fulfill their commitments, aside from their political convictions. To hear about the extreme contrast in interest and knowledge between our current administration and the past several administrations is full stop, CONCERNING. McCabe redeems his reputation and narrates an incredibly credible and informative history of his experience of his time at the FBI. Fascinating insights into Comey, Mueller, Holder and especially, Sessions. A MUST read!

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  • Thomas Graham
  • 2019-02-23

A need for an independent system of jurisprudence and criminal investigation

I have no idea if Dr McCabe lied, justifying his dismissal, only he does. The timing certainly is tainted by several Trump appointees, many of whom are being removed in ethics and criminal action.

Regardless of that, his book lays a compelling argument for ensuring that no chief executive, president, governor or jurist is above the law, and that means that they should be prosecuted in office and removed as any other citizen would be. If there is compelling evidence to investigate, indict and imprison and they are found guilty by an independent jury of their peers, they too should be remanded to jail. That does not include the senate or congress any longer. In the 70s, when Nixon was under impending impeachment,it was honest Republicans who stepped forward to force his resignation. Clinton was impeached and perhaps should have been removed for lying about sex, though the idea that is equivalent to high crimes and misdemeanors is dubious at best. In my experience, anyone who surrounds himself with as many criminals as Mr Trump has done, is not guiltless. They are complicit and under RICO act Statutes,equally guilty. We would not tolerate this in our governors, courts or legislators, they would be tried and if guilty removed and jailed. Why do we accept less from our national executive?

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  • Elisabeth Carey
  • 2019-02-28

An important look at Trump & the FBI

Andrew McCabe, at the time he Acting Director of the FBI, was fired on March 16, 2018, 26 hours before his scheduled retirement. The claimed reason was "lack of candor" in the Clinton email investigation. Even discounting McCabe's own account, it would appear that McCabe's "lack of candor" mostly consists of not being willing to pledge personal loyalty to Trump and support his preferred story in the face of the evidence, while not immediately rushing to say so while continuing to do his job properly, i.e., in compliance with the law, the Constitution, and FBI and DOJ policy, so that he could be more efficiently sidelined and forced out.

This is McCabe's story, of his career, and of the roughly the first eighteen months of the Trump administration and its scandals and creeping horrors. It's not really a book to enjoy. The sheer cruelty of firing McCabe 26 hours before his retirement--hard to defend even if the "lack of candor" ethical violations were real, given that they weren't a basis for prosecution--is just another example of who Trump is. Serious investigation of terrorism and organized crime compete for resources with Trump's attempts to use the FBI as his personal defensive operation and tool against his perceived enemies. McCabe gives us a fascinating look inside the FBI. At the same time, sometimes I was cheering him on and other times wanting to give him a whack upside the head. For instance, his own experiences ought to tell him that law-abiding citizens really do have sensible reasons for not being sanguine about federal law enforcement scooping up all of everyone's communications metadata (which is not, in fact, the content of your phone calls and messages, as he points out) or built-in backdoors to your phone and computer security software. Yes, there are times the government really does have legitimate reason to access your communications, and yes, good security hampers that, and yes, sorry, Mr. McCabe, but you were yourself struggling under the entirely legal supervision of people who should absolutely never be rusted with that kind of access. There's a real conflict between the legitimate needs of law enforcement, and the legitimate rights and concerns of ordinary, law-abiding Americans.

And that's before we even take note of the unavoidable reality that a built-in backdoor would, not might, but would be hacked by nefarious operators even if law enforcement were 100% composed of saints. Which, unfortunately, it not only isn't, but can't be. Nothing humans create is perfect.

But the meat of this book is of course the Clinton and Trump investigations, and the steadily increasing horror of fworking for a President who has no interest in and no understanding of the Constitution. It's not a fun book, but it is interesting and valuable.

Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.

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