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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (454 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Bamford Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Today’s National Security Agency is the largest, most costly, and most technologically advanced spy organization the world has ever known. It is also the most intrusive, secretly filtering millions of phone calls and e-mails an hour in the United States and around the world. Half a million people live on its watch list, and the number grows by the thousands every month. Has America become a surveillance state?

In The Shadow Factory, James Bamford, the foremost expert on the National Security Agency, charts its transformation since 9/11, as the legendary code breakers turned their ears away from outside enemies, such as the Soviet Union, and inward to enemies whose communications increasingly crisscross America. Fast-paced and riveting, The Shadow Factory is about a world unseen by Americans without the highest security clearances. But it is a world in which even their most intimate whispers may no longer be private.

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  • A Washington Post Notable Book
  • Important and disturbing. . . . This revealing and provocative book is necessary reading . . . Bamford goes where the 9/11 Commission did not fully go. Senator Bob Kerrey, The Washington Post Book World
  • Fascinating. . . . Bamford has distilled a troubling chapter in American history. Bloomberg News
  • At its core and at its best, Bamford’s book is a schematic diagram tracing the obsessions and excesses of the Bush administration after 9/11. . . . There have been glimpses inside the NSA before, but until now no one has published a comprehensive and detailed report on the agency. . . . Bamford has emerged with everything except the combination to the director’s safe. The New York Times Book Review
  • Engaging. . . . Chilling. . . . Bamford is able to link disparate facts and paint a picture of utter, compounded failure—failure to find the NSA’s terrorist targets and failure to protect American citizens’ communications from becoming tangled in a dragnet. The San Francisco Chronicle
  • The bad news in Bamford’s fascinating new study of the NSA is that Big Brother really is watching. The worse news . . . is that Big Brother often listens in on the wrong people and sometimes fails to recognize critical information. . . . Bamford convincingly argues that the agency . . . broke the law and spied on Americans and nearly got away with it. The Baltimore Sun

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Charles | 2/10/2014

    " Another great book by Bamford. I read Puzzle Palace when I was in college and his subsequent books have been just as informative. For someone who's technically an "outsider" his access and knowledge of the intelligence subject is outstanding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anthony Papillion | 2/9/2014

    " While I'm still reading this book, it's a chilling account of what can go wrong when an agency with unchecked power is given everything it wants in the name of national security. It's a terrifying expose of the dangers that our very intelligence community presents to our civil liberties. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Daniel Bakken | 2/6/2014

    " For those who acquainted with recent headlines about the NSA, this book is mostly review. But it's worth reading nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Natalieb | 2/4/2014

    " I would have given it a 5, but about half way through I lost interest to more catching novels I was reading and didn't finish. What I did read was very intriguing. If you've ever been interested in what goes on behind the scenes of the intelligence community, or even more about the lead up of 9/11, read the first 100 pages or so of this book. Keep in mind when this book was written "eavesdropping on America" was illegal, but the program they're using has now been okayed through the courts (since our new president got into office) so it's a bit outdated. "

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