Body Of Secrets

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Random House, Sep 4, 2008 - Political Science - 736 pages
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The NSA is the largest, most secretive and most powerful intelligence agency in the world. With a staff of 38,000 people, it dwarfs the CIA in budget, manpower and influence. Recent headlines have linked it to economic espionage throughout Europe and to the ongoing hunt for the terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. James Bamford first penetrated the wall of silence surrounding the NSA in 1982, with the much-talked-about US bestseller THE PUZZLE PALACE. In BODY OF SECRETS he offers shocking new details about the inner workings of the agency, gathered through unique access to thousands of internal documents and interviews with current and former officials. Unveiling extremely sensitive information for the first time, Bamford exposes the role the NSA played in numerous Soviet bloc Cold War conflicts and discusses its undercover involvement in the Vietnam War. His investigation into the NSA's technological advances during the last 15 years brings to light a network of global surveillance ranging from on-line listening posts to sophisticated intelligence-gathering satellites. In a hard-hitting conclusion, he warns the NSA is a double-edged sword: while its worldwide eavesdropping activities offer the potential for tracking down terrorists and uncovering nuclear weapons deals, it also has the capacity to listen in on global personal communications.

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User Review  - gregorybrown - LibraryThing

This was a frustrating book to read at times! Body of Secrets is a strangely two-tone book: the first 60% or so is historical, covering the National Security Agency's involvement in conflicts past ... Read full review

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User Review  - KirkLowery - LibraryThing

Be prepared to keep track an incredible array of organization names; the NSA is the archtypical bureaucratic labyrinth. The author relates the history of the NSA from its origins in the 1930s up to ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

James Bamford is the author of The Puzzle Palace, a bestseller in the US when it was first published, and now regarded as a classic. Formerly Washington Investigative Producer for ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, he has written investigative cover stories for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine and The Los Angeles Time Magazine, and won the National Magazine Award in 2006 for his piece ‘The Man Who Sold The War’, published in Rolling Stone.

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