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Permanent Record

Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.

In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intelligence establishment and revealed that the United States government was secretly pursuing the means to collect every single phone call, text message, and email. The result would be an unprecedented system of mass surveillance with the ability to pry into the private lives of every person on earth. Six years later, Snowden reveals for the very first time how he helped to build this system and why he was moved to expose it.

Spanning the bucolic Beltway suburbs of his childhood and the clandestine CIA and NSA postings of his adulthood, Permanent Record is the extraordinary account of a bright young man who grew up online―a man who became a spy, a whistleblower, and, in exile, the Internet’s conscience. Written with wit, grace, passion, and an unflinching candor, Permanent Record is a crucial memoir of our digital age and destined to be a classic.

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Anonymous says:

INFORMATIVE ENJOYABLE READ Edward Snowden is an exceptionally polarizing person. Some view him as a hero. Others view him as a traitor to our country. These two positions exist in my own household and are defended vehemently.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…

Anonymous says:

Good on the technical, poor on the prose Firstly, I’m an admirer of Snowden and think what he did was a great service to the whole world. His book, not so much. Snowden is not a professional writer and it shows. Snowden is at his best when writing technical journals and less so when writing prose. I thought that his attempts at humor mostly fell flat. The first 82 pages recounted his unremarkable childhood which was little different than yours or mine which to me anyway was a bit boring, just like ours. A good editor could have…

Anonymous says:

Enlightenment from Snowden

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