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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: Paul Michael Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele Weiner | 2/19/2014

    " The NSA and the internet. You ought to know that your e-mails are being saved, though not read. Too much information prevents the NSA from finding the real criminals and terrorists "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christopher Rex | 1/31/2014

    " This book sucks. For a topic that could be very interesting, Bamford turns it into a real snore-a-thon. He opens with a complete rendition of the gov't theory on 9-11, complete w/ all its holes, contradictions and problems. He never once entertains the idea that the scumbags in the NSA could've assisted in carrying out the attacks. He then proceeds to bore you to death for the rest of the book. Don't bother. Go read about 9-11 instead. Regardless of any of that, Big Brother is watching - that's for sure. Scumbags. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 1/27/2014

    " Paints bleak picture of Bush era NSA sucking up tons of data and skirting the 4th amendment while trying to catch terrorists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thad | 1/17/2014

    " Fascinating book, highly recommended if you're interested in reading about tech/privacy issues and nat'l security. Especially relevant with the recent news that Obama administration wants the internet to be subject to wiretap authority. Gets insanely detailed/inside baseball at times, but it would be impossible to explain these complicated issues without doing so. Bush loyalists will probably consider Bamford biased; I actually would say he does a good job of being as fair as possible to NSA chief Hayden, et. al., in terms of showing what a difficult spot he found himself in post-9/11 (though Bamford doesn't let them off the hook for warrantless wiretapping/data mining). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/3/2014

    " A fascinating disection of how and why the dots didn't get connected before 9/11. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 1/2/2014

    " a must read to understand the "security" apparatus pre and post 9-11. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike | 12/28/2013

    " Save yourself the hassle of reading this book by watching PBS Frontline episode with the same name. The book started out good and then wandered all over creation losing any hint of cohesiveness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony Papillion | 11/15/2013

    " 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 Daniel Bakken | 11/15/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Gleason | 11/13/2013

    " Interesting read for sure. There were some redundant parts and some highly technical aspects that seemed to drag on a bit but overall very enlightening. Big Brother is listening! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 9/12/2013

    " Good insight into the NSA and it's operations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 8/16/2013

    " Scary! Big brother is watching! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 7/16/2013

    " this book is also too old for me. and it became sort of boring in the middle, so i didn't finish it the first time i read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tyler | 6/7/2013

    " Quite an eye-opener of the power of government "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barrett Brown | 3/8/2013

    " I don't know where to begin. This will be far too technichal and drab for most people, but Bramford's style has certainly gotten more friendly since Puzzle Palace. I'm now a little scared. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 3/19/2012

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 3/5/2012

    " Good book. A little too in-depth at times regarding the technical aspects of electronic surveillance, but worth reading. I wish there was a little more about the pre-911 history of NSA. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 2/18/2012

    " I really wish I could but no comment! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ella | 4/23/2011

    " Really dense to read, but a terrifying look inside the illegal mess going on inside the US. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike | 1/23/2011

    " Save yourself the hassle of reading this book by watching PBS Frontline episode with the same name. The book started out good and then wandered all over creation losing any hint of cohesiveness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 10/4/2010

    " Ai, yi, yi. Must read about US Intelligence both foreign and domestic; the NSA; the telecoms; the foreign hardware/software companies involved. Whew. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeni | 6/14/2010

    " It's actually firghtening. Worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ella | 2/23/2010

    " Really dense to read, but a terrifying look inside the illegal mess going on inside the US. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 11/13/2009

    " Scary! Big brother is watching! "

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About the Author
JAMES BAMFORD, the author of the bestsellers Body of Secrets and The Puzzle Palace, has written extensively on national security issues, including investigative cover stories for the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times Magazine. Formerly the Washington investigative producer for ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and a distinguished visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, he lives in Washington, D.C.
About the Narrator

Paul Michael is an Audie Award-winning narrator. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy (or Nellie) and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code, winning more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.