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James Bamford

James Bamford is the author of Body of Secrets, The Puzzle Palace, and A Pretext for War, and has written on national security for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times Magazine. His Rolling Stone article "The Man Who Sold the War" won the 2006 National Magazine Award for reporting. Formerly the Washington investigative producer for ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings and a distinguished visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Bamford lives in Washington, D.C.

James Bamford is available for select readings and lectures. To inquire about a possible appearance, please contact Penguin Random...

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Body of Secrets
Written by James Bamford
Anchor | Trade Paperback | April 2002
$18.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-49908-8 (0-385-49908-6)

The National Security Agency is the world’s most powerful, most far-reaching espionage. Now with a new afterword describing the security lapses that preceded the attacks of September 11, 2001, Body of Secrets takes us to the inner sanctum of America’s spy world. In the follow-up to his bestselling Puzzle Palace, James... Read more






A Pretext for War
Written by James Bamford
Anchor | Trade Paperback | May 2005
$15.95/19.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3034-7 (1-4000-3034-X)

A Pretext for War reveals the systematic weaknesses behind the failure to detect or prevent the 9/11 attacks, and details the Bush administration’s subsequent misuse of intelligence to sell preemptive war to the American people. Filled with unprecedented revelations, from the sites of “undisclosed locations” to the actual sources of America’s...

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The Puzzle Palace
Written by James Bamford
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | September 1983
$20.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-006748-4 (0-14-006748-5)

In this remarkable tour de force of investigative reporting, James Bamford exposes the inner workings of America's largest, most secretive, and arguably most intrusive intelligence agency. The NSA has long eluded public scrutiny, but The Puzzle Palace penetrates its vast network of power and unmasks the people who control it, often with... Read more






The Shadow Factory
Written by James Bamford
Anchor | Trade Paperback | July 2009
$17.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-27939-2 (0-307-27939-1)

James Bamford has been the preeminent expert on the National Security Agency since his reporting revealed the agency’s existence in the 1980s. Now Bamford describes the transformation of the NSA since 9/11, as the agency increasingly turns its high-tech ears on the American public.

The Shadow Factory reconstructs how the NSA missed... Read more





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