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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 eve n 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 US 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
The costs beyond compression , internal power struggles, who controls the seperate power angencys of America congress, the president or no one.Published 13 months ago by arthur thexton
'Body of Secrets' must surely be the ultimate work of reference, both for current employees of the NSA and as a valuable source of informed knowledge for those seeking employment... Read morePublished on 10 April 2010 by Christopher jj Clark
For those who are interested in the ways of the Intellignce world this is an excellent read.Published on 4 Mar. 2010 by P. Waller
Generally a fairly dry and relatively neutral history of the NSA. It should be noted there is very little in the way of description of GCHQ except for passing references to... Read morePublished on 23 Sept. 2009 by SmokeNMirrors
Having an interest in intelligence matters and knowing nothing about the activities of the United States' National Security Agency, I really wanted to like this book. Read morePublished on 1 July 2008 by Tristan Martin
A book like Body of Secrets is impossible to rate accurately this soon after publication. If its claims were all true, it would deserve beyond five stars. Read morePublished on 8 July 2004 by Donald Mitchell
A truly captivating book. Fantastically well researched. The book flows more like a novel than an extended piece of research. Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2003