The Puzzle Palace: A Report on America's Most Secret Agency

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Penguin Books, 1983 - History - 655 pages
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 In this remarkable tour de force of investigative reporting, James Bamford exposes the inner workings of America's largest, most secretive, and arguably most intrusive intelligence agency. The NSA has long eluded public scrutiny, but The Puzzle Palace penetrates its vast network of power and unmasks the people who control it, often with shocking disregard for the law. With detailed information on the NSA's secret role in the Korean Airlines disaster, Iran-Contra, the first Gulf War, and other major world events of the 80s and 90s, this is a brilliant account of the use and abuse of technological espionage.

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Review: The Puzzle Palace: Inside the National Security Agency, America's Most Secret Intelligence Organization

User Review  - Patrick Rooney - Goodreads

Very interesting book. Describes the use of cryptography in a manner that is understandable to a layman reader. I was fascinated by the examples describing how US and British cryptographers used ... Read full review

Review: The Puzzle Palace: Inside the National Security Agency, America's Most Secret Intelligence Organization

User Review  - Sebastian Dörner - Goodreads

Some interesting facts and background knowledge on past cases that have become public. However, large parts of the book are just about eg who was director at the NSA at a certain time and are enormously long and boring. Read full review

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James Bamford's The Puzzle Palace was a national bestseller when it was first published and now regarded as a classic. He was until recently Washington Investigative Producer for ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings and has written investigative cover stories for the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times Magazine.

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