The Secret Sentry by Matthew M. Aid
The Untold History of the National Security Agency

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In February of 2006, Matthew Aid's discovery of a massive secret historical document reclassification program then taking place at the National Archives made the front page of the New York Times. This discovery is only the tip of the iceberg of Aid's more than twenty years of intensive research, culled from thousands of pages of formerly top secret documents. In The Secret Sentry, he details the untold history of America's most elusive and powerful intelligence agency, the National Security Agency (NSA), since the end of World War II. This will be the first comprehensive history of the NSA, most recently in the news with regards to domestic spying, and will reveal brand new details about controversial episodes including the creation of Israel, the Bay of Pigs, the Berlin Wall, and the invasion of Iraq. Since the beginning of the Cold War, the NSA has become the most important source of intelligence in the US government: 60% of the president's daily briefing comes from the NSA. Matthew Aid will reveal just how this came to be, and why the NSA has gone to such great lengths to keep its history secret.

About Matthew M. Aid

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Matthew Aid is a leading intelligence historian and expert on the NSA, and a regular commentator on intelligence matters for the New York Times, the Financial Times, the National Journal, the Associated Press, CBS News, National Public Radio (NPR) and many others.
Published July 1, 2009 by Bloomsbury Press. 433 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, War, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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The National Security Agency was most recently in the news in 2005 when it was revealed that the agency had been eavesdropping on citizens without warrants, an episode that highlighted the NSA’s mysterious role as the linchpin of the American intelligence apparatus.

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In this provocative survey, intelligence historian Aid (The Secret Sentry) offers “a snapshot of the U.S. intelligence community” since Barack Obama came into office.

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For several chapters thereafter, Aid provides us with blow-by-blow descriptions of the role the NSA played in various international crises, such as the ill-fated Gary Francis Powers U-2 flight in 1960, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Gulf of Tonkin affair.

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The New York Review of Books

“Many,” the NSA report reveals, “undoubtedly perished.” It added, “Their story is yet untold.” Then again in 1973, as in Korea and Vietnam, the NSA warned that Egypt and Syria were planning “a major offensive” against Israel.

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