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Little was known about the agency's confidential culture until veteran journalist James Bamford blew the lid off in 1982 with his bestseller The Puzzle Palace. Still, much remained in the shadows. In Body of Secrets, Bamford throws much more light on his subject--and he reveals loads of shocking information. The story of the U-2 crisis in 1960 is well known, including President Eisenhower's decision to tell a fib to the public in order to protect a national-security secret. Bamford takes the story a disturbing step forward, showing how Eisenhower "went so far as to order his Cabinet officers to hide his involvement in the scandal even while under oath. At least one Cabinet member directly lied to the committee, a fact known to Eisenhower." Even more worrisome is another revelation, from the Kennedy years: "The Joint Chiefs of Staff drew up and approved plans for what may be the most corrupt plan ever created by the U.S. government. In the name of anticommunism, they proposed launching a secret and bloody war of terrorism against their own country in order to trick the American public into supporting an ill-conceived war they intended to launch against Cuba."
Body of Secrets is an incredible piece of journalism, and it paints a deeply troubling portrait of an agency about which the public knows next to nothing. Fans of The Sword and the Shield will want to read it, as will anybody who is intrigued by conspiracies and real-life spy stories. --John J. Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Scattershot, rudderless effort.
Steeped in the typically deluded, double standard infused, Leftist perspective.
Extremely interesting book about NSA and it's roots. Having been part of that program back in the 60's while serving with the USAFSS made it pretty fascinating reading, learned... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Canonguy
The book presented some very interesting information, and some incredibly boring information. The information that I bought the book for was explained thoroughly. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dan
This book is rather out dated and while it reads well until the final portion (epilog) when the author launches some gratuitous barbs against Pres Bush and to a lesser extent... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Howard Rensin
Every American should read this book. You will be SHOCKED to know the extent to which the government is abusing its power and violating the rights of Americans with complete... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Thom
Ponderous book. Does give insight but it's now 15 years old. Get a book called "The Silent War" by John Pina Craven for true inside info.Published 3 months ago by Paul K. Williams
Ok, so I've got a couple gripes about this book. First off, the title: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tyson Smith