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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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Published: Random House Publishing Group on
ISBN: 9780307425058
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An interesting book - not the tell-all it claims to be, but still quite interesting.

The author does tell a great deal about the NSA, but also about the CIA, and seems to spend a lot of time going off topic. The Liberty incident, which is covered in great detail in the book, relies a great deal on speculation - a bit too much?

Not a bad book - if only the author would stop relying on awful cliched metaphors.more
This is by far the best book thus far written about the secret world of the National Security Agency. Bramford gives readers an amazing peak behind closed doors and dives into everything about the infamous NSA, from its foundations to its modern operations.more
Bamford's "The Puzzle Palace" is not as well edited as this update, but contains more insightful information. This book felt as if at least one of the parties involved (author, publisher, etc.) realized the developing earning potential brought about by a misinformed and hungry public and decided that a newer release would strike this public as having greater historical insight. Unfortunately, due to the secret-keeping nature of our snooping institutions, the amount of facts required to make a good dense tome only add up after about 50 years or so. Read it if you just have to. Otherwise, just read "The Puzzle Palace".more
The best (by far) account of the NSA and its activities.more
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An interesting book - not the tell-all it claims to be, but still quite interesting.

The author does tell a great deal about the NSA, but also about the CIA, and seems to spend a lot of time going off topic. The Liberty incident, which is covered in great detail in the book, relies a great deal on speculation - a bit too much?

Not a bad book - if only the author would stop relying on awful cliched metaphors.more
This is by far the best book thus far written about the secret world of the National Security Agency. Bramford gives readers an amazing peak behind closed doors and dives into everything about the infamous NSA, from its foundations to its modern operations.more
Bamford's "The Puzzle Palace" is not as well edited as this update, but contains more insightful information. This book felt as if at least one of the parties involved (author, publisher, etc.) realized the developing earning potential brought about by a misinformed and hungry public and decided that a newer release would strike this public as having greater historical insight. Unfortunately, due to the secret-keeping nature of our snooping institutions, the amount of facts required to make a good dense tome only add up after about 50 years or so. Read it if you just have to. Otherwise, just read "The Puzzle Palace".more
The best (by far) account of the NSA and its activities.more
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