Permanent Record - Edward Snowden

Permanent Record

By Edward Snowden

  • Release Date: 2019-09-17
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 135 Ratings

Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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.

Reviews

  • permanent record

    5
    By john harbour
    an excellent book-- although i am older than the author, i also enjoyed the world that he grew up in, video games to computers to the internet and on-- yes, 9/11 changed all and we became fractured in our demand for an impossible return to normality-- edward saw the darkest side and thankfully he didn't keep it to himself-- an excellent writer-- i look forward to further works--
  • Incredible book

    5
    By cdransf
    An incredible account by an incredible individual -- we're all indebted to Ed for the risk he took and the unjust consequences he continues to face. In a rational world he would be welcomed home to a parade, acclaim and a pardon. A hero and an American Patriot by any real definition.
  • Permanent Record

    5
    By dinhr
    Fascinating read by a true hero. Thank you, Ed Snowden.
  • Permanent Record

    5
    By SoarLikeAnEagle
    Incredible account by an incredible person. We need more of those ...