As a former counterterrorism official in the Clinton and Bush administrations, Richard A. Clarke often had to imagine worst-case scenarios. His first novel — a thriller — does just that: set five years in the future, it envisions the United States on the verge of another war in the Middle East.
Former National Security Adviser Richard Clarke's novel The Scorpion's Gate has written a novel about the Mideast. It begins with the overthrow of Saudi royals. Clarke and Steve Inskeep discuss the book.