The Shadow Factory

  • by James Bamford
  • Narrated by Paul Michael
  • 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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spine chilling

if you weren't paranoid before this book you will be after it.
this book in detail sheds light on just what lenghths the government goes to in order to collect data and erode personal privacy in the name of security. . listened to it straight through couldn't stop
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- Devon

does not work

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

nobody because it doesn't work


What was most disappointing about James Bamford’s story?

that i bought the audiobook and could not hear it


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- Johanna

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-30-2008
  • Publisher: Books on Tape