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TitleBody of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency
Author(s)James Bamford
ISBN0385499086
LanguageEnglish
PublishedApril 2002
PublisherAnchor Books
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Reviewer Koos van den Hout wrote:
A great book describing the history and background of the US national security agency (NSA). It reads like a very good fiction book but you constantly realize that this is about actual history as it mentions the historic events and explains the role of the NSA in it... Even with the secrecy of the NSA (parts of the book are filled with remarks "according to information released after a freedom of information act request by the author") this is a book filled with interesting facts, technical anecdotes and other interesting stuff. One wonders how much more information there is which the NSA does not want to release (yet). Even when disagreeing with the role of the NSA in spying on all other countries, I do feel respect for their technical solutions and innovations. Reading this side of historic events like the Cuba crisis do give a better insight in how events unfolded.
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The National Security Agency is the world’s most powerful, most far-reaching espionage. Now with a new afterword describing the security lapses that preceded the attacks of September 11, 2001, Body of Secrets takes us to the inner sanctum of America’s spy world. In the follow-up to his bestselling Puzzle Palace , James Banford reveals the NSA’s hidden role in the most volatile world events of the past, and its desperate scramble to meet the frightening challenges of today and tomorrow. Here is a scrupulously documented account–much of which is based on unprecedented access to previously undisclosed documents–of the agency’s tireless hunt for intelligence on enemies and allies alike. Body of secrets is a riveting analysis of this most clandestine of agencies, a major work of history and investigative journalism.

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