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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (216 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dana Priest, William M. Arkin Narrator: Dana Pries Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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About the Author
Author Dana Priest

Dana 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.