Deep State, Inside The Government Secrecy Industry by Marc Ambinder and D.B. Grady
Deep State by Marc Ambinder and D.B. Grady is a very detailed up to date history of the transition of the NSA and other government agencies into the “Big Brother” surveillance machine that is currently shredding our Constitution.
This book is very insightful into the politics and bureaucracy of our government as it relates to intelligence. This very detail might bore some readers, but it is a worthwhile read to understand this dangerous explosion of government power. They seem to be fairly empathetic to government concerns yet still touch on how the government is out of control and shredding our Constitutional protections. In other words authors work to present a balanced presentation. They also get into how the modern digital world makes it much more difficult to keep secrets and easier for leakers and whistle blowers to expose secrets. Their approach is somewhat pragmatic versus the standard I would prefer which is measuring all government actions against the Constitution as the standard for legality. This book could certainly improve with discussion on the details of how the government is ignoring our Constitution and breaking our laws but it was not intended to be such a discussion as much as a detailed modern history of the organizations and how they work.
If you are a voracious consumer of books this is a worthy read, however if you only read one book on this topic it may not be the end all be all source for you. So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!