Below is a listing of interesting books about the various topics covered by this weblog:


Books about the NSA

- Matthew M. Aid: The Secret Sentry: The Untold History of the National Security Agency, Bloomsbury Press, June 2009 (declassified review by the CIA)

- James Bamford: The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America, Doubleday, January 2008.

- James Bamford: Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency, Anchor, 2002.

- James Bamford: The Puzzle Palace: A Report on America's Most Secret Agency, Houghton Mifflin, 1982.

Books about the Snowden Revelations

- Barton Gellman: Dark Mirror, Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State, Penguin, May 2020 (documents and cover names)

- Edward Snowden: Permanent Record, MacMillan, September 2019 (review part I - review part II)

- Timothy H. Edgar, Beyond Snowden, Privacy, Mass Surveillance, and the Struggle to Reform the NSA, The Brookings Institution, August 2017.

- Edward Jay Epstein, How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft, Knopf, January 2017.

- Ronald Goldfarb e.a.: After Snowden: Privacy, Secrecy, and Security in the Information Age, May 2015.

- David P. Fidler ed.: The Snowden Reader, Indiana University Press, April 2015 (review)

- Glenn Greenwald: No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State, Metropolitan Books, May 2014 (documents, notes and index)

- Michael Gurnow: The Edward Snowden Affair: Exposing the Politics and Media Behind the NSA Scandal, Blue River Press, April 2014.

- Marcel Rosenbach & Holger Stark: Der NSA-Komplex: Edward Snowden und der Weg in die totale Überwachung, Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, March 2014.

- Luke Harding: The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man, Vintage, February 2014.

- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick: Privacy for Me and Not for Thee: The Movement for Invincible Personal Encryption, Radical State Transparency, and the Snowden Hack, January 2014.

- Edward Lucas: The Snowden Operation, Inside the West’s Greatest Intelligence Disaster (e-book), January 2014.

Books about GCHQ

- Joel Greenberg: Alastair Denniston: Code-breaking From Room 40 to Berkeley Street and the Birth of GCHQ, Frontline Books, October 2022.

- John Ferris: Behind the Enigma - The Authorised History of GCHQ, Britain’s Secret Cyber-Intelligence Agency, Bloomsbury Publishing, October 2020.

- Richard J. Aldrich: GCHQ, The uncensored story of Britain's most secret intelligence agency, Harper Press, 2010.


Books about Signals Intelligence

- John Fahey: The Factory: The Official History of the Australian Signals Directorate, Vol. 1, Allen & Unwin, February 2023.

- John Blaxland & Clare Birgin: Revealing Secrets: An unofficial history of Australian Signals intelligence and the advent of cyber, UNSW Press, May 2023.

- Robert Dover: Hacker, Influencer, Faker, Spy, Hurst Publishers, October 2022

- Chelsea Manning: README.txt - A Memoir, MacMillan, October 2022 (review)

- James R. Clapper: Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence, Penguin Books, May 2018.

- Yasha Levine: Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet, Ingram Publisher Services, October 2017.

- Andrei Soldatov: The Red Web: The Kremlin's Wars on the Internet, Ingram Publisher Services, August 2017.

- Christian Hadan: Die strategische Fernmeldeüberwachung des Bundesnachrichtendienstes, Dissertation Universität Hamburg, June 2017.

- Fred Kaplan: Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War, Simon & Schuster, March 2017

- Gordon Corera: Intercept: The Secret History of Computers and Spies, Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2015.

- Shane Harris: @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex, Eamon Dolan/Mariner Books, 2015.

- Marc Ambinder & D.B. Grady: Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry, Wiley, April 2013.

- Peter Matthews, SIGINT, the secret history of signals intelligence, 1914-45, Stroud: History Press, 2013.

- Dana Priest & William M. Arkin: Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State, Little, Brown and Company, September 2011.

- Shane Harris: The Watchers: The Rise of America's Surveillance State, Penguin Books, January 2011.

- Patrick Radden Keefe: Chatter: Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping, Random House, 2005.

- Matthew M. Aid, Cees Wiebes e.a.: Secrets of Signals Intelligence during the Cold War and beyond, Frank Cass, 2001.

- Nicky Hager: Secret Power, New Zealand’s role in the international spy network, Craig Potton Publishing, 1996.

- Desmond Ball: Soviet Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), The Australian National University, 1989.

Books about intelligence cooperation

- Richard Kerbaj: The Secret History of the Five Eyes: The Untold Story of the Shadowy International Spy Network, Through Its Targets, Traitors and Spies, Blink Publishing, September 2022 (review)

- Michael Smith, The Real Special Relationship: The True Story of How the British and US Secret Services Work Together, Simon & Schuster, August 2022.

- Jeffrey T. Richelson & Desmond Ball: The ties that bind: Intelligence cooperation between the UKUSA countries, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, Allen & Unwin, 1985.


Books about Hacking operations

- Robert Chesney & Max Smeets (eds): Deter, Disrupt, Deceive: Assessing Cyber Conflict as an Intelligence Contest, May 2023

- Daniel Moore: Offensive Cyber Operations: Understanding Intangible Warfare, Oxford University Press, August 2022.

- Max Smeets: No Shortcuts: Why States Struggle to Develop a Military Cyber-Force, Hurst Publishers, May 2022.

- Ben Buchanan: The Hacker and the State: Cyber Attacks and the New Normal of Geopolitics, Harvard University Press, February 2020.

- Andy Greenberg: Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers, Doubleday, November 2019.

- Kim Zetter: Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon, Broadway Books, September 2015.

Books about German intelligence

- Gerhard Schindler: Wer hat Angst vorm BND? Warum wir mehr Mut beim Kampf gegen die Bedrohungen unseres Landes brauchen. Eine Streitschrift, Econ, October 2020.

- Christian Hadan: Die strategische Fernmeldeüberwachung des Bundesnachrichtendienstes, Dissertation Universität Hamburg, June 2017.

- Martin Schlüter: Nachts schlafen die Spione – Letzte Ansichten des BND in Pullach, Sieveking Verlag, München 2014.

- Erich Schmidt-Eenboom & Rudolf Lambrecht: BND – Der deutsche Geheimdienst im Nahen Osten, Herbig, München 2006.

Books about Dutch intelligence

- Bart Jacobs, Constant Hijzen, Florentijn van Kampen, Rowin Jansen (red): Uiterst vertrouwelijk, Achter de schermen van de Nederlandse geheime diensten, Uitgeverij Querido, April 2024.

- Willemijn Aerdts: Diensten met geheimen. Hoe de AIVD en MIVD Nederland veilig houden, Ambo | Anthos uitgevers, May 2023.

- Bob de Graaff, Ongekend en onderscheidend, De geheime geschiedenis van de MIVD, Boom Uitgevers, November 2022.

- Paul H.A.M. Abels, Spionkoppen, Inlichtingenleiderschap in elf portretten, Uitgeverij Prometheus, 2020.

- Constant Hijzen, Vijandbeelden, De veiligheidsdiensten en de democratie, 1912-1992, Boom uitgevers, 2016.

- Cees Wiebes, Samen met de CIA. Operaties achter het IJzeren Gordijn, Boom uitgevers,2016.

- Frits Hoekstra, De dienst, de BVD van binnenuit, Boom uitgevers, 2012.

- Chris Vos, De geheime dienst: verhalen over de BVD, 2005.

- Dick Engelen, De militaire inlichtingendienst, 1914-2000, Sdu Uitgevers, 2000.

Books about Cyber and Society

- Ben Buchanan & Andrew Imbrie: The New Fire: War, Peace, and Democracy in the Age of AI, The MIT Press, March 2022

- Ronald J. Deibert, Reset: Reclaiming the Internet for Civil Society, House of Anansi Press, October 2020.

- James Ball: The System: Who Owns the Internet, and How It Owns Us, Bloomsbury Publishing, August 2020.

- Shoshana Zuboff: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power, PublicAffairs, January 2019.

- Bruce Schneier: Data and Goliath, The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World, W. W. Norton & Company, March 2015.

Books about Cryptography

- William Easttom: Modern Cryptography: Applied Mathematics for Encryption and Information Security, Springer, December 2020.

- Simon Singh: The Code Book: A History of Cryptography, Doubleday, 1999.

- David Kahn: The Codebreakers: The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet, Scribner, 1996.

See also: Books on cryptography

Other interesting books

- Y(ossi) S(ariel): The Human-Machine Team: How to Create Synergy Between Human & Artificial Intelligence That Will Revolutionize Our World, May 2021.

- William M. Arkin: Code Names: Deciphering U.S. Military Plans, Programs and Operations in the 9/11 World, Steerforth, January 2005.

- Michael K. Bohn, Nerve Center: Inside the White House Situation Room, Brassey's Inc., 2003.

More books will be added gradually!


Kees Jan Dellebeke said...

Geen enkel boek in het Nederlands?

P/K said...

Nu wel ;-)

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