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Permanent Record Kindle Edition
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The world's most famous whistleblower ― Guardian
Fascinating ― Observer
A riveting account . . . Reads like a literary thriller ― New York Times
Gripping ― Washington Post
His disclosures of mass surveillance and bulk collection of personal information are as relevant now as they were in 2013 ― Guardian
Full of surprises . . . A deeply reluctant whistleblower . . . he deserves our thanks ― The Nation
Well-written ― The Economist
A very significant figure in the history of intelligence ― Sunday Times
Thriller plot ― London Review of Books
A thoughtful and elegantly written book -- Steven Poole, New Statesmen --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07VXVB3LN
- Publisher : Macmillan (18 September 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 3829 KB
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- Print length : 289 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 77,457 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But finally the real story, background and reasons for his actions straight from the horses mouth.
The tussle between authoritarian governments and libertarians is probably the defining topic of humanity in the last fifty years and this book presents the viewpoint of one man who risked everything to show just how authoritarian western governments have become.
His story is well worth reading.
It gets me a little bored going through his childhood but I guess later on it tells me how he became such a righteous and intelligent man.
If you are ever concerned that the Authorities may be doing something behind your back, read this. It’ll most likely prove you right.
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Obviously the initial pull to read the book is the NSA stuff, and the great chase which culminates in Snowden's refuge in Russia. But the book is so much more than that. His recounting of his childhood, and the joys of dial-up modems and irritating siblings, is wonderful nostalgia but always laced with his discomfort and struggle with the social structures around him.
The book's natural progression of explaining how the internet has changed in function, as he lived through those changes, unrolls as a beautifully written discussion of how we've reached the state of the Net we have today. It's easily light enough for non-techies to understand, but the insight and narration really opens up the questions of what we (society) demanded of the internet, and what it's done to us.
The book doesn't meander. There's no padding. But by the time you reach the releasing of the files and the round the world escape, it's very natural. Reading it, the chase is as engrossing to read as his thoughts on the Commodore 64. It's a great book, perhaps made all the greater if you can nod along with remembrances of life before 24/7 smartphones. Above all, it's hopeful of a better future.
(Couple of notes as a UK reader: The book is written in universal English, there's no bewildering US slang used. The book doesn't go into American politics or deep into American terms. There are a couple of pages of US history, mainly early on about Snowden's family tree, but it's not a diversion. It doesn't read like an American book, aimed at American readers, and leaving everyone else bewildered.)
I view him as a hero, a man who gave up life as he lived it to provide the American public and the world with the truth. This is a man who truly made a difference with his life.
This book, written by Snowden himself, is well written, intelligent, informative, and entertaining. It reads like you're sitting down listening to your best friend tell his life's story.
Either way, there’s no doubt in my mind that Edward Snowden will one day be recognised as an American hero. He has the Constitution firmly on his side, besides.
“No Place to Hide” I read as soon as it came out, and I even caught the Oliver Stone movie on the plane, but horse’s mouth turns out to be better than both.
My first reaction when I read the Greenwald book was “omigod, a 29-year-old with no college education can look up all data on the planet; the Russians must have their pick from 10,000 underpaid Federal agents to find out anything they want” and as the CIA went on to lose all its agents in China I allowed myself to think we might come to our senses and turn the whole thing off.
I was wrong on all counts, it turns out. First of all, duh, we ain’t turning it off. But the better part of the story, the one I came to appreciate by reading “Permanent Record,” (and yes, I know, the movie made the same point, but not as well, so I did not “buy” it) is that Edward Snowden is a rather unique guy.
So yeah, it’s true he had clearance to look at all information ever created on planet Earth, and it’s true he never went to college, but somebody’s got to have the clearance and you could not want for a better candidate: leaving his undisputed technical skills to one side, he’s Mayflower stock, his parents both served in the intelligence community, he wrote to the CIA as a kid to tell them he’d hacked their website, he enlisted as a private after 9-11 and, hell, he’s a patriot.
So I’m relieved. And I was entertained. His life may not have been remarkable or exciting, but you’re invited to find out about it through the eyes of a kid that loves to examine everything and hack everything and loves to brag about how he did it (a quality he sees in others but fails to identify in himself, incidentally).
Bottom line, the book would be worth reading even if it wasn’t about the whistleblower who uncovered the biggest and most unconstitutional government secret of the past half-century.
Except it is, and that makes it a total must-read.
Come on Elizabeth Warren, pardon the man. I really hope his chances are better than he intimates on page 271!