Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National by James Bamford

By James Bamford

The nationwide safeguard service provider is the world’s strongest, so much far-reaching espionage. Now with a brand new afterword describing the safety lapses that preceded the assaults of September eleven, 2001, Body of Secrets takes us to the internal sanctum of America’s undercover agent international. within the follow-up to his bestselling Puzzle Palace, James Banford unearths the NSA’s hidden function within the such a lot unstable global occasions of the earlier, and its determined scramble to satisfy the scary demanding situations of this day and tomorrow.

Here is a scrupulously documented account–much of that is in keeping with remarkable entry to formerly undisclosed documents–of the agency’s tireless hunt for intelligence on enemies and allies alike. physique of secrets and techniques is a riveting research of this so much clandestine of organizations, an incredible paintings of background and investigative journalism.

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