Contemporary Historians Series - Top Secret America: A Short History of the New Security State Created After 9/11
Book signing begins at 6:30pm.
Lecture begins at 7:00pm.
Now in its third season, the Contemporary Historians at the Presidio series features nationally renowned historians exploring themes in American and world history. The Contemporary Historians series is part of the Presidio Heritage Program, which offers immersive, informative, and emotionally engaging experiences revealing the Presidio’s rich and ever-evolving history.
Top Secret America: A Short History of the New Security State Created After 9/11
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. What kind of government have we created to defend us against terrorism? What have been the costs and trade-offs getting there? Are we safer? Dana Priest takes a critical look at America's security more than a decade after the 9/11 attacks.
Dana Priest is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and national security expert for The Washington Post. She was the newspaper’s intelligence and Pentagon correspondent for over a decade. She has received every major journalism honor, including the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for "The Other Walter Reed" about the neglectful care of wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for uncovering the CIA’s secret prisons and counterterrorism operations overseas. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Priest documented the largest covert action program in the CIA’s history as well as the unprecedented growth and use of the military’s clandestine special operations forces around the world. Recently she chronicled the proliferation of counterterrorism agencies in a series of articles and in the best-selling book Top Secret America: The Rise of the National Security State (Little Brown, 2011).