Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War
Fred Kaplan. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016. 352 pp. Notes. Index. $28.00.
Reviewed by Chris Demchak
Fred Kaplan’s Dark Territory may become a classic reference for scholars and students seeking to understand the complicated people who ushered the United States into the cyber-conflict era
and the tough decisions they made. In these pages, one finds “the interplay of politics, ideas, and personalities in modern war.” Starting with key figures in the 1960s and the subsequent thinking about computers, information connections, and their potential harm to society, Kaplan draws the reader into the present. He shows the early and ignored warnings and the in-situ contemporary decisions made at each major evolution of IT that developed its potential for use in conflict.