James Bamford, bestselling author of The Puzzle Palace, has written a fascinating, unrestricted, and controversial look into the secretive, powerful, and massive National Security Agency.
This scrupulously documented account of the NSA’s tireless hunt for intelligence dissects an organization that monitors enemies and allies alike–a leviathan whose influence has both prevented and provoked world conflict. Relying on testimony and documents never meant for the public eye, Bamford reveals espionage activities and profiles the commanders and the soldiers responsible for the covert activities performed by this clandestine agency. A major work of history and investigative journalism, Body of Secrets is a riveting analysis of this powerful agency’s history and its future.
“An extraordinary work of investigative journalism, a galvanizing narrative brimming with heretofore undisclosed details.”–The New York Times Book Review
“A magnificent achievement and a compelling read for anyone interested in espionage.”–The Baltimore Sun
“Part history, part expose, Body of Secrets is an anatomy of NSA, seeking to strip away the myth surrounding it…authoritative and engaging.”–The Wall Street Journal
“Crisply written and prodigiously researched…. It is the most detailed picture yet of the activities of the world’s largest intelligence agency.”–The Washington Post Book World
“Body of Secrets is one fascinating book…chock-full of juicy stuff…. Interesting to read,well-written and scrupulously documented.”–Salon
“An engaging and informed history…. Bamford weaves a narrative about the NSA that includes…many heretofore undisclosed tidbits of information.”–The Nation
“James Bamford, who wrote one of the really good books about American intelligence twenty years ago…has now done it again…. Body of Secrets has something interesting and important to add to many episodes of cold war history…[and] has much to say about recent events.”–The New York Review of Books
“At times surprising, often quite troubling but always fascinating…. Writing with a flair and clarity that rivals those of the best spy novelists, Bamford has created a masterpiece of investigative reporting.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Body of Secrets adds fresh material about the world’s nosiest and most secret body…. Will fascinate anyone interested in the shadow war.”–The Economist