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The Shadow Factory by James Bamford
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Jun 07, 10

it was amazing
bookshelves: espionage, military, politics, read-in-2010, terrorism
Read on June 07, 2010

This is a truly great book about sigint in the 9/11 era, but it gets impossibly dull toward the end during the speculation about what the NSA's capacity will be in ten years. Or maybe I was just ready for it to be over; it is long and very dense. Nonetheless, a great reference for anyone interested in signals intelligence or politics, and personally I'm pretty sure it will be helpful if I ever write an espionage novel.

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Seth Yeah, I felt the same way, really. There was a LOT of speculation at the end there. It felt a little like there were two books - one for the first half and one for the second. They just had very different styles.

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