The Secret Sentry: The Untold History of the National Security Agency

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Jul 1, 2009 - History - 432 pages
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In February of 2006, Matthew Aid's discovery of a massive secret historical document reclassification program then taking place at the National Archives made the front page of the New York Times. This discovery is only the tip of the iceberg of Aid's more than twenty years of intensive research, culled from thousands of pages of formerly top secret documents. In The Secret Sentry, he details the untold history of America's most elusive and powerful intelligence agency, the National Security Agency (NSA), since the end of World War II. This will be the first comprehensive history of the NSA, most recently in the news with regards to domestic spying, and will reveal brand new details about controversial episodes including the creation of Israel, the Bay of Pigs, the Berlin Wall, and the invasion of Iraq. Since the beginning of the Cold War, the NSA has become the most important source of intelligence in the US government: 60% of the president's daily briefing comes from the NSA. Matthew Aid will reveal just how this came to be, and why the NSA has gone to such great lengths to keep its history secret.

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User Review  - JDR82 - LibraryThing

Starting with the early years of the AFSA and other organizations, the book is structured chronologically through the last half century, revealing NSA's contributions to national security, military ... Read full review

THE SECRET SENTRY: The Untold History of the National Security Agency

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The full history of an ultra-secretive government agency.The National Security Agency was most recently in the news in 2005 when it was revealed that the agency had been eavesdropping on citizens ... Read full review


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Matthew Aid is a leading intelligence historian and expert on the NSA, and a regular commentator on intelligence matters for the New York Times, the Financial Times, the National Journal, the Associated Press, CBS News, National Public Radio (NPR) and many others.

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