Book Review: Lights Out

Extended periods of darkness, longer and more profound than anyone not living in one of America’s great cities has ever known.
As power shuts down there is darkness and the sudden loss of electrical conveniences. As batteries lose power, there is more gradual failure of cell phones, portable radios, and flashlights.
Emergency generators provide pockets of light and power, but there is little running water anywhere…Emergency supplies of bottled water are too scarce to use for anything but drinking, and there is nowhere to replenish the supply. Disposal of human waste becomes an issue within days…

Thus begins Ted Koppel’s book Lights Out. Throughout the course of the book, Koppel brings to light the very real chance that a large scale cyber attack could shake America to it’s core. Small scale attacks have been carried out successfully. Those who work in the industry don’t even really have confidence in their own ability to bring back servers after a mass blackout. This is not a feel good book. This is for the part of you that wants to buy a bomb shelter and six months of food and be prepared for anything that comes your way.

This book might make you a little paranoid. You may put it down and quickly order yourself a battery powered radio. But, it’s on the bestseller list for a reason, and that reason is that it has thought provoking content.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.