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No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State
No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State
by Glenn Greenwald
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No Place to Hide is a groundbreaking look at the NSA surveillance scandal, from the reporter who broke the story Investigative reporter for The Guardian and bestselling author Glenn Greenwald, provides an in-depth look into the NSA scandal that has... (read more)

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The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames
The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames
by Kai Bird
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Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield
Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield
by Jeremy Scahill
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In Dirty Wars, Jeremy Scahill, author of the New York Times best-seller Blackwater, takes us inside Americas new covert wars. The foot soldiers in these battles operate globally and inside the United States with orders from the White House to do whatever... (read more)

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The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man (Vintage)
The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man (Vintage)
by Luke Harding
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Foreword   Edward Snowden is one of the most extraordinary whistleblowers in history. Never before has anyone scooped up en masse the top-secret files of the world’s most powerful intelligence organisations, in order to make them public. But... (read more)

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Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power
Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power
by Rachel Maddow
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"One of my favorite ideas is, never to keep an unnecessary soldier," Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1792. Neither Jefferson nor the other Founders could ever have envisioned the modern national security state, with its tens of thousands of "privateers"; its... (read more)

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The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book
The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book
by Peter Finn
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PETER FINN is national security editor for The Washington Post and previously served as the Post’s bureau chief in Moscow.   PETRA COUVÉE is a writer, translator, and teacher at Saint Petersburg State University.... (read more)

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The Making of the Atomic Bomb
The Making of the Atomic Bomb
by Richard Rhodes
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andlt;Bandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Awardandlt;/Iandgt;andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;TWENTY-FIVE YEARS after its initial publication, andlt;Iandgt;The Making... (read more)

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All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror
All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror
by Stephen Kinzer
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Half a century ago, the United States overthrew a Middle Eastern government for the first time. The victim was Mohammad Mossadegh, the democratically elected prime minister of Iran. Although the coup seemed a success at first, today it serves as a... (read more)

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Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance
Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance
by Julia Angwin
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An inside look at whos watching you, what they know and why it matters We are being watched. We see online ads from websites weve visited, long after weve moved on to other interests. Our smartphones and cars transmit our location, enabling us to know... (read more)

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The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth
The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth
by Mark Mazzetti
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A Pulitzer Prizeand#150;winning reporterand#8217;s riveting account of the CIAand#8217;s transformation after 9/11 and the new American way of war The most momentous change in American warfare over the past decade has taken place in the corners of the... (read more)

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Within Arm's Length: A Secret Service Agent's Definitive Inside Account of Protecting the President
Within Arm's Length: A Secret Service Agent's Definitive Inside Account of Protecting the President
by Dan Emmett
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A rare inside look at the Secret Service from an agent who provided protection worldwide for President George H. W. Bush, President William Clinton, and President George W. Bush Dan Emmett was just eight years old when President... (read more)

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The Making of the Atomic Bomb
The Making of the Atomic Bomb
by Richard Rhodes
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A gripping, authoritative account of the men, women, science, drama and intrigue behind the single most important event of the century: the discovery of nuclear energy and construction of the atomic bomb. 32 pages of black-and-white photographs.... (read more)

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Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters
Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters
by Kate Brown
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While many transnational histories of the nuclear arms race have been written, Kate Brown provides the first definitive account of the great plutonium disasters of the United States and the Soviet Union. In Plutopia, Brown draws on official records and... (read more)

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The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic (American Empire Project)
The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic (American Empire Project)
by Chalmers Johnson
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"Impressive . . . a powerful indictment of U.S. military and foreign policy." -Los Angeles Times Book Review, front page In the years after the Soviet Union imploded, the United States was described first as the globe's "lone superpower," then as a... (read more)

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The Nsa Report: Liberty and Security in a Changing World
The Nsa Report: Liberty and Security in a Changing World
by Richard A. Clarke
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"The Review Board's recommendations on protecting the civil liberties of non-US persons--a relatively new aspect of the policy discussion--are incredibly welcome."--Jennifer Granick, Stanford Center for Internet and... (read more)

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Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety
Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety
by Eric Schlosser
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The author of Fast Food Nation blends a riveting minute-by-minute account of an H-bomb accident with a chilling assessment of the grave threat we face from nuclear weapons. At the height of the cold war in the American heartland, a combination of human... (read more)

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The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth
The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth
by Mark Mazzetti
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A Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter’s explosive account of the transformation of the CIA and America’s special forces into competing covert manhunting and killing operations — the new American way of war. Osama bin Laden’s... (read more)

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Operation Shakespeare: The True Story of an Elite International Sting
Operation Shakespeare: The True Story of an Elite International Sting
by John Shiffman
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A Pulitzer Prize finalist presents the rare and intimate narrative of a daring national security sting designed to protect US soldiers, sailors, and pilots from the greatest danger they face on the battlefield—an enemy equipped with American-made... (read more)

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The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA's Clandestine Service
The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA's Clandestine Service
by Henry A Crumpton
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A legendary CIA spy and counterterrorism expert tells the spellbinding story of his high-risk, action-packed career Revelatory and groundbreaking, The Art of Intelligence will change the way people view the CIA, domestic and foreign intelligence, and... (read more)

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Prophets of War (10 Edition)
Prophets of War (10 Edition)
by William D. Hartung
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When President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his famous warning about the dangers of the military-industrial complex, he never would have dreamed that a single company could accumulate the kind of power and influence that is now wielded by Lockheed Martin... (read more)

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