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3.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 5 3.60 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dana Priest, William M. Arkin Narrator: Dana Priest Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781611135558
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The top-secret world that the government created in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks has become so enormous, so unwieldy, and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs or exactly how many agencies duplicate work being done elsewhere. The result is that the system put in place to keep the United States safe may be putting us in greater danger. In TOP SECRET AMERICA, award-winning reporters Dana Priest and William Arkin uncover the enormous size, shape, mission, and consequences of this invisible universe of over 1,300 government facilities in every state in America; nearly 2,000 outside companies used as contractors; and more than 850,000 people granted "Top Secret" security clearance.

A landmark exposé of a new, secret "Fourth Branch" of American government, TOP SECRET AMERICA is a tour de force of investigative reporting - and sure to spark national and international alarm. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 2/12/2014

    " It gets a little dry and disconnected at times, but this is a book that every American should read. It's a frank look at the world we've created since 9/11. One critique is that by the end you're left with a mountain of problems and not much in the way of proposed solutions or even empowerment, but "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 2/11/2014

    " Excellent book. I started reading a library copy and quickly switched to Kindle version so I could take notes. William M. Arkin is a master of open source data collection and analysis. Dana Priest is an excellent author and did an excellent job gaining access to a world that is male dominated. I believe they had a point to make and attempted to support this point with facts. Ironically, shortly after finishing the book I read that a Drone had been used out West by a sherriff's department to arrest cattle rustlers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 2/7/2014

    " (Skimmed thoroughly, rather than read carefully.) Well-researched book about the mass of multiple different intelligence agencies, what they do, and how they do it. Living in the DC area, it was especially interesting to read about the sub-culture of people who work in this industry and live in the DC region and suburbs. The size and complexity of the organizations and how much is contracted out to private companies wasn't news to me but is still disturbing and something I wish received more attention. This book is a step in starting that conversation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Blumer | 2/2/2014

    " I very much enjoyed reading this book. Interesting to see how the government has added mountains of bureaucracy in its pursuit to keep us safe from terrorists and terrorism. Although much good has come from it, the effort seems redundant and costly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremiah | 1/28/2014

    " An excellent overview of America's industrial-intelligence-military complex. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 1/21/2014

    " Good book, but now I'm all angry and depressed. "

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

    " A very important book. Very enlightening if you care about the direction of this country and the security industrial complex that I believe would be equal to Eisenhower's warning of the military industrial complex. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/23/2013

    " No comments from the peanut gallery, I actually READ this one! Like, on paper! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 12/9/2013

    " I read 70 pages and put it down because I was bored. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark James | 9/23/2013

    " A must read. Ironic though, the very system installed to protect our liberty and democracy is the very system tearing it apart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nuno Almeida | 7/12/2013

    " A very good book, thoroughly enjoyable. I found it lacking focus and direction, at times, leaving the reader "alone" while narrating the meanders of Top Secret America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grayson Daughters | 3/18/2013

    " A very dense read. Acronym hell. But you must read it. Otherwise the black SUVs will come after you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 12/1/2012

    " Somewhat disquieting book but very well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Wagner | 11/12/2012

    " Well written, well researched. Just makes me SO ANGRY at all the money the country is wasting while not making us any safer!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeff | 3/5/2012

    " Read about 200 pages, somewhat uneven writing but some interesting insights into American policy. Follows from Washington Post articles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Horza | 12/10/2011

    " Staggering revelations on nearly every page. I went in from a civil liberties angle, but the sheer opaque bulk of the surveillance state, unaccountable, unintegrated, inefficient and drowning in raw data is a formidable policy failure in its own right. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D'Anne | 11/9/2011

    " Top Secret America, it turns out, is largely a bloated corpse. The number of people certified to handle classified information coupled with the insanely massive amount of information deemed secret is a recipe for failure, as this book demonstrates. Be scare, be very ascared. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 10/28/2011

    " Well written, well researched. Just makes me SO ANGRY at all the money the country is wasting while not making us any safer!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeff | 10/19/2011

    " Read about 200 pages, somewhat uneven writing but some interesting insights into American policy. Follows from Washington Post articles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grayson | 10/1/2011

    " A very dense read. Acronym hell. But you must read it. Otherwise the black SUVs will come after you. "

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About the Author
Author Dana PriestDana 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.