The Puzzle Palace: inside the National Security Agency, America's Most Secret Organization

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    James Bamford

    Publisher: Penguin Books

    Year: 1982


    Size: 653 pages


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The Puzzle Palace is a book written by James Bamford and published in 1982. It is the first major, popular work devoted entirely to the history and workings of the National Security Agency (NSA), a United States intelligence organization. The title refers to a nickname for the NSA, which is headquartered in Fort Meade, Maryland. In addition to describing the role of the NSA and explaining how it was organized, the book exposed details of a massive eavesdropping operation called Operation Shamrock. According to security expert Bruce Schneier, the book was popular within the NSA itself, as "the agency's secrecy prevents its employees from knowing much about their own history".

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Book Details

Author: James Bamford
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0-14-006748-5
Size: 653 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books
Year: 1982

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