By James Bamford
The nationwide protection employer is the world’s strongest, so much far-reaching espionage. Now with a brand new afterword describing the protection lapses that preceded the assaults of September eleven, 2001, Body of Secrets takes us to the interior sanctum of America’s secret agent global. within the follow-up to his bestselling Puzzle Palace, James Banford unearths the NSA’s hidden position within the so much unstable international occasions of the earlier, and its determined scramble to satisfy the scary demanding situations of at the present time and tomorrow.
Here is a scrupulously documented account–much of that's according to unparalleled 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 such a lot clandestine of businesses, an important paintings of background and investigative journalism.
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