Group Book Read: “Lights Out” by Ted Koppel

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In our Why Food Storage series we discuss the different reasons you may need food storage. Most people think of being prepared for a natural disaster or maybe for something more personal like a job loss. More and more it is becoming apparent that there are many other potential threats that we may face. Terrorism or acts of war are likely to affect large cities and coastal areas, but some things such as an EMP or cyberattack would drastically impact the entire country.

Ted Koppel, former host of Nightline and author of the new book Lights Out has done extensive research on the possibility of a cyberattack and how prepared (or unprepared) we are as a nation and even within the government. We had an amazing opportunity to spend a little time with Ted at a special event here in Utah this week. We helped to provide refreshments at a speech he gave and featured all foods made using food storage. To see more details about that event you can visit our Thrive Blog (you won’t believe the food spread we brought!)

Here is a video of Ted Koppel discussing Cyberattacks and his new book on CBS This Morning.


Five years ago we did a group book read on the book One Second After where we all read it at the same time and then discussed different topics covered in the book as a group. It was an incredible learning experience for everyone who joined in. We want to do the same thing with Lights Out so here is all the information you will need in order to participate with us!

Book Details

lights out Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath
by Ted Koppel

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. 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.

Group Discussion Details

  1. Purchase or borrow a copy of Lights Out this week and aim to have it read by early December. (Hopefully you can catch a little reading time over Thanksgiving break)
  2. Submit any questions you are specifically interested in discussing to us by January 4th. We will be compiling these and may use some of them as we direct the group discussion. Email them to
  3. Come back to the blog the week of January 11th and the fun will begin. We will be structuring the discussions to take place in the comments section of the blog and it will most likely span over a few days so you won’t miss out if your schedule doesn’t permit you to be there at a certain date or time. (Please note: we were originally going to do this in December but decided to give everyone more chance to read since this is a busy time of year!)

We are very excited about this event and hope it goes as well this time as last time!

  • Judy

    I just got the book yesterday and I am looking forward to joining the group book read–what a great idea!

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