Ted Koppel will discuss Lights Out: A Cyberattack, a Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Ted Koppel, veteran news journalist, will be In Conversation with Vivien Jennings about his New Hardcover Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath.  Presented by Rainy Day Books & The Kansas City Star.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Ted Koppel, a 42-year veteran of ABC News, was anchor and managing editor of Nightline from 1980 to 2005. In 2012 New York University named Koppel one of the top 100 American journalists of the past 100 years.  He has won every significant television award, including 8 George Foster Peabody Awards, 11 Overseas Press Club Awards, 12 duPont-Columbia Awards and 42 Emmys.  Since 2005 he has served as Managing Editor of the Discovery Channel, as a News Analyst for BBC America, as a special correspondent for Rock Center, and continues to function as Commentator and Non-Fiction Book Critic at NPR.  He has been a Contributing Columnist to The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal and is the Author The New York Times Bestseller Off Camera.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  In this tour de force of investigative reporting, 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.

DATE & TIME:  Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT:  Ted Koppel will be In Conversation with Vivien Jennings, Founder and President of Rainy Day Books about his New Hardcover Lights Out.  A Booksigning will follow the Presentation.  A Stamped Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $26.00 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes One Autographed Hardcover of Lights Out, One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket, and One Guest Admission Ticket (if needed).  It's your choice for the same price.

ONLINE ORDERING IS NOW CLOSED. Walk-Ins are welcome. Purchase Admission Packages at our Sales & Service Table in the lobby of Unity Temple beginning at 6:15 PM.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Publication & Sale Date for Lights Out is Tuesday, October 27, 2015.  All Orders will be processed immediately.  Books and Tickets will be available for In-Store Pick-Up beginning Tuesday, October 27, 2015.  We will automatically have your Admission Packages held at the Will-Call Table of this Event if you are unable to pick them up ahead of time.


Your Order will ship within a Day or two of the Event.  All Books are packed in bubble wrap and shipped in boxes.  International customers, E-mail Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a shipping quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary
707 W. 47th Street
Kansas City, MO 64112
SKU: A9780553419962

AUTOGRAPHED BOOK ONLY: Includes One Author Autographed Hardcover of Lights Out by Ted Koppel.

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