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.
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Very good. A majority of the information very accurate. Good detail and intel on the straffing of the Liberty by the Isrealies, and a couple other events. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laszlo Kopec
If you can get past the author's extreme anti-Israel bias, there is a lot of interesting information in this book. Lots of great detail.Published 2 months ago by S. Cline
A well documented and a eye opener, easy to read and very relatable to today's events, but not for the obvious reasons. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Arturo Torre
If you grew up during the heyday of the Cold War this book is a must read. It goes into detail of various major events of the time. Read morePublished 5 months ago by RayT
After reading "The Puzzle Palace," James Bamford's opus about the NSA (National Security Agency), I thought I would never find anything to compare to it... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ralph E. Vaughan
A very informative book of how the NSA came into being at the end of WWII, while Harry Truman was President. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ronald K. Siewert
I like the book overall. I've read all of his books on the NSA. Unfortunately... This one also comes with somewhat of a typical 'anti' agenda. Read morePublished 9 months ago by DPD1