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  • Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Dana Priest, William M. Arkin
    • Narrated By Dana Priest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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. Award-winning reporters Dana Priest and William Arkin here uncover the enormous size, shape, mission, and consequences of this invisible universe.

    Toombs says: "Excellent, detailed account of a secret world"
    "Fascinating and maddening"
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    What did you love best about Top Secret America?

    The information Dana Priest reveals through her relentless journalistic efforts is not found elsewhere (at least compiled so completely).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Top Secret America?

    Learning about the addition of 30+ new and specific intelligence agencies within months of 9/11, and scores more in the decade since, and how this information is barely known by anyone, including the taxpayers paying for them.


    Have you listened to any of Dana Priest’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've heard Dana Priest being interviewed before (on The Diane Rehm Show, for example), so her delivery of her own material was consistent with her style and fine with me. She speaks slowly and deliberately, which apparently bothered other listeners, but it didn't bother me much.


    Any additional comments?

    I found this book intersting from beginning to end. The material Dana Priest uncovered is also profoundly frustrating. There's got to be a better way for America to stay safe.

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