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Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency from the Cold War through the Dawn of a New Century

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2004

    Truly Pleasant Surprise

    This book was assigned for my US defense policy class, and I was expecting the typical dry defense text. I was completely surprised to find that Bamford has written a gripping spy-thriller. This book is a collection of true stories as told by former NSA operatives in personal interviews. It covers the vast span of time from the eve of World War Two to 9/11, as rudimentary military intelligence coalesced into the National Security Agency, the world's most advanced Signals Intelligence clearinghouse. Not only is the book chock-full of information on the workings of the NSA, but there are truly thrilling moments that place you at key moments in Cold War history. You can feel the decks rock during the sneak attack of the USS Liberty by Israeli warplanes in the Six Day War. The tension is palpable as the USS Pueblo is captured and boarded by North Korean forces. And the panic is intense as NSA operatives listen in on the death throes of the US embassy in Saigon. I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone with an interest in espionage or the Cold War.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    Excellent for those who are intelligent.

    This book is is a very good book for those who want the unabridged truth about the capabilities and previous action of our most technologically advanced spook agency. Great history, present and future capabilities are explained in a very entertaining method.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2010

    What you didn't know

    This book covers the NSA from the beginning and gives a thorough account of the operations and methods they used. I was very interested in the content and the writing style is easy to read. The timing jumps around a little but that actually makes sense as you read it. You will learn things that you didn't know unless you are part of the intelligence community. A very secret world, sometimes not for the better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    Excellent reading

    Great book describing some of the history of NSA and containing quite detailed information of its operation, including during WWII and dark times of Cold War. I never realized there was so much to it before reading the book.

    If you ever wondered what was going on during that time, this book would be an excellent mean of going back in time and following many bright and dark moments in the life of our and other countries.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

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    Provocative

    An eye opener for the novice and veteran, worth the time to read.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    OK.

    Lot of research and very biased.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2010

    A thought provoking read!

    Body of Secrets prosimes (and delivers) an inside look into the history and workings of the National Security Agency (NSA or No Such Agency) In these pages the reader will have reason to applaud and cheer the NSA and question or even fear the NSA. Well documented and annotated this book is sure to be the topic of discussion wherever world politics and conspiracy theories are tossed about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2007

    Should be manatory reading in college.

    A wonderful history of what it takes to keep this county free. This is a important book for every American citizen!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2004

    Great expose but do yourself a big favor...

    ...The print size in this paperback edition is so small that you'll need at least 15-15 vision to read it. Lesson learned: go to the bookstore and check out a book before you buy it! B&N has hardcover editions. Go for that instead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2001

    BETTER THAN THE BAMFORD'S PREQUEL, PUZZLE PLACE!!!

    I share the other reader's outrage at Israel's apparent murderous conduct on the crew of the USS Liberty and join others in the call for immediate, extensive and open Congressional Investigations into this 'covered up' incident. Body of Secrets is useful to anyone interested in becoming informed about, rather than intimidated by, the NSA. It is apparent from the book that both the NSA and the public have suffered from NSA's hyper secrecy, lack of oversight, lack of restraints, and in some cases lack of support (of course it is hard to support what you haven't been informed about:).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2001

    Good but not as comprehensive

    This is a broader overview of NSA but not as comprehensive as Bamford's 'The Puzzle Palace'. Perhaps the one thing more troubling than abuses documented in this book is abuses becoming more possible among the private sector with the advent of consumer-oriented 'spy gear'. One of the more disturbing elements in this book is the preoccupation of NSA with the sex lives of potential or existing employees, even down to whether a candidate has 'too much' or 'too little' sex and specifically what their preferences are. This suggests a subtle but devious intent to manipulate employees at the most base level. Another area overlooked is the role of NSA in having established contacts with Education Testing Service for exams for candidates. The implications of this are far reaching and might make one wonder how much impact NSA has on other testing mechanisms, like the SATs or computer certifications prevalent through CompTia or Sylvan prometric. Or does NSA also work through professional organizations, like NAPM ,IEEE and so on? And what is the linkage between NSA and economy, as NSA can introduce technology into the market and almost overnight render whole product types obsolete. Not enough consideration is given on how integrated NSA objectives and the telecommunications and high tech industries are or if individuals may be barred from entry into the best of these companies or industries unknowingly because of NSA ties to them. Another aspect is how NSA can be persuaded to use its tremendous powers to conduct surveillance by politicians or other agencies, such as the FBI, etc. 60 Minutes did a piece where it was discussed how NSA can skirt domestic surveillance prohibitions through reciprocal agreements with sister agencies in friendly foreign governments like Britain, Canada, Australia and more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2001

    The Price for Liberty is paid with blood.

    John Bamford's book is just another revealing story of the power of money in politics. You can expect attacks from the Pro Israeli groups. Pro Americans should begin to stand up. Enought is enought .The price in blood that was paid by the members of the crew of the USS Liberty , 8 June 1967 was too high for politicial reasons and is a stain on our country's honor. It is past time for the U.S.Congress and the President to review the truth, tell it to all Americans and review all commitments .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2001

    Excellent research done for the book

    The book is a great work by a author that know the NSA and how operations work there. His book is an honest look at some events in history that are still in question.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2001

    Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency from the Cold War through the Dawn of a New Century

    This new book by James Bamford is dynamite. He does a great job at telling how the Intelligence Community works and operates. Much of this material you will not find anywhere else. This is a must read for everyone considering in being in the Intel-community.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2001

    Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency from the Cold War through the Dawn of a New Century

    This book is a must for those in the Intelligence Community. It describes how the NSA operates from inside the headquarters to the satellites to the listening posts all around the world. You will be amazed if at the technology at the NSA's fingertips. 'Enemy of the State' does not compare to the capability in that our government has which is mentioned in the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2001

    Bones will Surface

    You can only keep bones buried so long. Mr. Bamford quoted excerpts from my recent article in Troika on-line magazine, titled: Thirteen Days: The Real Story, which is an excerpt from a book that I wrote with my son, W. Craig Reed titled: Crazy Ivan: A True Story of Submarine Espionage. We are saying the same thing. It is time that the NSA and the CIA stop falsifying history in the name of specious national security. I worked 11 of my 20 years in the military for the NSG and the NSA. I've been down that road, and James Bamford has it right. Five Stars any day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2001

    A real eye-opener

    This book is an astonishing volume. Particularly fascinating is the account of the attack on the USS Liberty by Israeli forces during the Six-Day War, an appalling slaughter of American servicemen. Bamford's detailed and well-documented account sheds new light on this incident, making it abundantly clear that the attack could not have been an accident. This is an excellent and eye-opening book, and I join the author in calling for a fair, non-partisan Congressional investigation of this appalling and still-unexplained American tragedy.

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