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No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State Hardcover – May 13 2014
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• "If you can only read one book during the dog days of summer, this is it." Toronto Star
• "A monumentally important book.... No Place to Hide makes a robust, convincing argument for why we should care about the surveillance state." Globe and Mail
About the Author
GLENN GREENWALD is the author of several best sellers, including How Would a Patriot Act? and With Liberty and Justice for Some. Acclaimed as one of the 25 most influential political commentators by The Atlantic and one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy for 2013, Greenwald is a former constitutional law and civil rights attorney. He was a columnist for The Guardian until October, 2013, and is now building a new media organization. He is a frequent guest on CNN, MSNBC and various other television and radio outlets. His NSA reporting in 2013 has won numerous awards, including the top investigative journalism award for the 2013 Online Journalism Association, the Esso Award for Excellence in Reporting (the Brazilian equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize), and the 2013 Pioneer Award from Electronic Frontier Foundation. He is also the recipient of the first annual I.F. Stone Award for Independent Journalism in 2009 and the 2010 Online Journalism Association Award for his investigative work on the arrest and detention of Bradley Manning. He is a frequent guest lecturer on college campuses and his work has appeared in many newspapers and political news magazines, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The American Conservative.
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That being said, I find that Greenwald tends to demonize his opponents without being able to sympathetically articulate their position and fears.
In terms of content, Greenwald's coverage of Snowden's documents, reveals massive government corruption and misleading statements, if not outright lying, to the public by the so called leaders of the free world. For that alone, this book is a gem and I am grateful for the exposure of these transgressions.
However, Greenwald has an annoying tendency to try to force the reader to adopt his assessment of Snowden, as an altruistic do gooder for free speech, rather than letting the reader come to that conclusion on their own.
In a similar light he paints the government agencies' attempts to lessen the damage from these leaks (unknown as to what extent at the time) as mean and vindictive. It seems that Greenwald lives in a world where "journalists" would never leak military secrets (e.g. technology secrets that the Chinese or Russians might want) or lists of operatives in foreign countries (whose lives' may be henceforth in jeopardy). If the government knows there is a major leak of material, but does not know exactly what it involves, does it not make sense that they would do everything within their power to find out what just might be leaked in order that operatives and their contacts who lives' would be endangered could be extracted where possible? It's actually what I would expect government agencies to do, act so as to protect lives at risk, even if at the core the government is also trying to hide its wrong doing on various fronts.Read more ›
If it is supposed to be about the 9/11 attack then when the airplane came into sight of the Trade Towers that fateful day, they should have had the Defence Airplanes fly to protect themselves. Everybody was sitting and waiting, I just hated that. They didn't have an automatic defence. There seems to be some problem with the government to me. In the Soviet Union, they have those defence planes up in that restricted air space very fast, when they are needed. I think I remember China's defense too, the same.
So Edward Snowdon is branded as a criminal. In God we trust and justice needs protection. We are all subject if it is otherwise. This book is important in that respect, I think.
Greenwald's principle motives are to "keep government honest" (the role of the Fourth Estate, as enshrined in the US Constitution) and to demonstrate that real journalism can still be done.
News is now "produced" by corporations, and Greenwald argues that the only kind of reporting that a "corporation" will do is favourable to the existence of corporate values and corporate allies. The Newspaper is dying and Television and Radio are beguiling advertising-delivery systems. Investigative journalism requires courage but it also needs funding.
The Fourth Estate may survive if it can use the Internet as a private, inexpensive means to communicate. The privacy and security of the Internet are the very notions that Greenwald and Snowden hope to protect.
Snowden is a highly intelligent young man with supreme courage. He will be remembered as an American hero. He expresses himself extremely well, articulate and philosophical beyond his years. Americans will be proud of him. I am proud of him.
Greenwald is an easy writer, passionate, a wonderful read. He too is a hero as well as Laura Poitras. We are so fortunate to have them.
I will support any effort to back up Snowden. It is extremely sad that he has No Place to Hide. Our Prime Minister does not have the courage or backbone to speak up, but then we are the mouse to the American elephant..
I strongly recommend getting this book and reading not once but over again. And recommending to all your friends.
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Great book, gives another insight into the hidden governements projects.Published 5 months ago by michel morin
My initial thoughts of Edward Snowden was to put him so far behind bars, they'd have to pump air to him. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mianke
Intriguing, a definitely interesting read. Would strongly recommend for anyone interested in journalism, especially investigative journalismPublished 8 months ago by Matthewbarker
This is an important book. Cudos to Snowden and Greenwald for their courage.Published 11 months ago by JVW
Starts off well. Loses traction in the middle when it starts explaining the different programs that NSA uses to spy on the world. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Nat Hawthorne
I'm glad Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald were brave enough to expose this total and unacceptable disrespect of an individuals privacy and basic human rights. Read morePublished 14 months ago by RiverPro
A very good book chronicling the NSA whistle blower Ed Snowden. Well worth the read. Sad that this surveillance continues today ... Read morePublished 14 months ago by John Galea
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