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"One of the many strengths of Top Secret America is that Priest and Arkin take nothing for granted. They ask basic, even faux- naïve questions about the purpose, accountability, and effectiveness of the acronym soup of covert programs, companies, and Pentagon commands created or expanded after September 11. Their analysis is neither naïve about the threat posed by al-Qaeda and similar groups, nor credulous about the generals, spies, and bureaucrats who have so dramatically expanded the country's defenses in response to September 11." (The New York Review of Books Steve Coll)
"Priest and Arkin fully flesh out how the Byzantine security maze actually works, breaking down its components....The authors' arguments are compelling." (Washington City Paper Lydia DePillis)
"Despite the sobering subject matter, Top Secret America makes for lively reading....[and is] full of the authors' remarkable insights, anecdotes and encounters." (The Secrecy Blog of the Federation of American Scientists Stephen Aftergood)
Dana Priest is an investigative reporter for The Washington Post. She has won numerous awards, including the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for public service for "The Other Walter Reed" and the 2006 Pulitzer for beat reporting for her work on CIA secret prisons and counterterrorism operations overseas. She is the author of The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America's Military.
William M. Arkin has been a columnist and reporter with The Washington Post since 1998. He has worked on the subject of government secrecy and national security affairs for more than 30 years. He has authored or co-authored more than a dozen books about the U.S. military and national security.
The book begins and continues throughout with egregious errors, The authors write: "JSOC's first overseas mission in 1980, Operation Eagle Claw, was an attempted rescue of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by DEG
If recommend this for anyone who wants to know how things really work In the national security and intelligence arena.Published 9 months ago by Jason Luedeman
Just a summary of general information that anyone who worked in Washington could have written! An amateur read to be enjoyed by the uneducated lay person!Published 15 months ago by Edward K.
A damning portrayal of what happens when price is no object, secrecy is the watchword, and everyone wants their piece of a rapidly growing counter-terrorism budget. Read morePublished 15 months ago by K. Small
Extremely informative. Well written. A real eye opener about what our government is doing. This is the second book I've read by Priest. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Steve L. Hampton
Whether or not you think you agree with the truly explosive growth of the intelligence-industrial complex after 9/11, you need to read this book. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Beau Yarbrough