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The Puzzle Palace by James Bamford
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The story Bamford tells us really quite amazing. And despite the fact that the book came out in the early 80's, everything sounds all too familiar and is relevant to current events.

The book's weakness is that it has some painfully boring passages that, for example, bother to briefly touch on where hundreds of different men went to college, and the color of their hair.

And, of course, plenty of "windowless rooms."

I really want to read Bamford's later book, Body of Secrets.

The Puzzle Palace is very dry reading. But if you are interested in how the NSA affects our lives, I recommend reading it anyway.
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Reading Progress

June 22, 2015 – Started Reading
June 22, 2015 – Shelved
June 24, 2015 –
page 64
9.76%
June 29, 2015 –
page 112
17.07%
June 30, 2015 –
page 124
18.9%
July 2, 2015 –
page 158
24.09%
July 5, 2015 –
page 224
34.15%
July 11, 2015 –
page 306
46.65%
July 11, 2015 –
page 318
48.48%
July 17, 2015 –
page 395
60.21%
July 21, 2015 –
page 420
64.02%
July 24, 2015 –
page 468
71.34%
July 25, 2015 –
page 482
73.48%
July 28, 2015 – Finished Reading

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