Permanent Record

Permanent Record Review

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.

Title:Permanent Record
Edition Language:English

    Permanent Record Reviews

  • Caspin

    The guy’s a genius with a selfless heart of gold. He gave up a $250,000 a year job in Hawaii, left his family, friends, country....his whole life, to share truth of the United States’ masses havin...

  • Michelle

    Edward Snowden has no new bombshells in this book, but "Permanent Record" is still full of surprises in some ways. Far from the low-level IT drone depicted in most early press accounts, and even furth...

  • Kelly

    This is so weird!I did not rate this book, but I see that "I" gave it 2-stars on August 27. It seriously looks like my account was hacked in order to give a book 2 stars! Who does that? ...

  • Manuel Anto

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.DNS over HTTPS (DoH): "Permanent Record" by Edward SnowdenThe minute some politico starts banging on about that we need to restrict somethi...

  • Bradley

    This is a highly-readable and thoroughly fascinating account of Snowden as a child, his ethical foundations, computer ethos, and his original desire always do the right thing.For any of you who don't ...

  • Denise

    I think it's been fairly well established by now where my views on Edward Snowden fall in the traitor vs. hero debate, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that I was very excited to read his story as t...

  • Laura Noggle

    A very spooky, real-life Halloween read.🤯👻🎃"The freedom of a country can only be measured by its respect for the rights of its citizens ... Ultimately, saying that you don’t care about priv...

  • Karen

    This is a fascinating book. Late October 2019: Recode Decode podcast interview with Edward Snowden (thanks to Michael Perkins for the heads up https://www.goodreads.com/author/show... )https://podcast...

  • Betty

    So well written and absolutely riveting....

  • Flaviu Vescan

    To me, what Snowden did was a heroic sacrifice for the sake of free speech and democracy. It shows that even in this century of "the many", individual action can matter just as much as collective acti...