- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press (December 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0300080794
- ISBN-13: 978-0300080797
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
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Secrecy: The American Experience
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I simply cannot recommend this book too highly. I doubt Moynihan, as a younger scholar, ambitious government servant, cabinet member or senator could or would write such a book, but an older, wiser Moynihan could and did. And thank goodness! This book can change your thinking. You won't be able to put it down!
At one end, Secrecy is a reasonable tactic for protecting We, the People from our enemies - War, etc..
At the other end, Secrecy is a weapon used selfishly by government bureaucracies against one another and/or We, the People.
I think that the lesson/moral of the book is that We, the People are not properly served when Secrecy takes on a life of its own.
Finally, I found the book quite informative, but it was a stubborn read. While the info is terribly interesting, it was difficult to read much at any one time, even though, I was quite familiar with many of the incidents described.
Other books have expanded this area since it's publication, but history students concerned about how the internal government disputes regarding secrecy have evolved should have this book.