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THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLEREdward 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 downIn 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 itSpanning 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 classicTHE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLEREdward 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 downIn 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 itSpanning 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 classicTHE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLEREdward 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 downIn 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 itSpanning 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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    This has been a riveting read I fell straight into the I'll just read one chapter then I'll get back to work trapObviously 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 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 himThe 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 usThe 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 247 smartphones Above all it's hopeful of a better futureCouple 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