Top Secret America by Dana Priest
The Rise of the New American Security State

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6 Critic Reviews

While “Top Secret America” gives us a sense of the scale of the Intelligence Community, it doesn’t help us understand why it’s a problem, how it became a problem, or even what regular people could possibly do about it.
-Columbia Journalism Review

Synopsis

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 a book sure to spark national and international alarm.
 

About Dana Priest

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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. William M. Arkin has been a columnist and reporter with The Washington Post since 1998. He has worked on the subject of government secrecy and national security affairs for more than 30 years. He has authored or co-authored more than a dozen books about the U.S. military and national security.
 
Published September 6, 2011 by Little, Brown and Company. 338 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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All: 6 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
on Aug 28 2011

A mixture of investigative reporting and advocacy journalism that shines light in dark corners...

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LA Times

Good
on Oct 17 2011

Priest and Arkin explain better than Congress ever has the staggering waste and ineptitude that inevitably has followed.

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Denver Post

Good
on Oct 30 2011

Because Priest and Arkin lack security clearances, part of the interest of their book is how they acquired so much secret information.

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Columbia Journalism Review

Below average
on Jul 22 2010

While “Top Secret America” gives us a sense of the scale of the Intelligence Community, it doesn’t help us understand why it’s a problem, how it became a problem, or even what regular people could possibly do about it.

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PBS Parents

Above average
on Jul 19 2010

Missing in “Top Secret America” is the sense that the demand for intelligence products has grown far more rapidly than its size.

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Helium

Above average
on Jul 19 2010

...the intelligence community is afraid of the Top Secret America report...If enough people find out...the possibility exists that voters may pressure political leaders to take action to bring American intelligence under scrutiny.

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