- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Faber and Faber; Main edition (6 February 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1783350350
- ISBN-13: 978-1783350353
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.6 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,23,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Snowden Files Paperback – 6 Feb 2014
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Description for The Snowden Files
The saga of Edward J. Snowden, the man whose leaked documents revealed the Orwellian dimensions of the National Security Agency, reads like a le Carré novel crossed with something by Kafka - at least it does in Luke Harding's new book, The Snowden Files ... But the book still gives readers, who have not been following the Snowden story closely, a succinct overview of the momentous events of the past year. And if it leans toward dramatizing everything in thrillerlike terms, the book also manages to leave readers with an acute understanding of the serious issues involved: the N.S.A.'s surveillance activities and voluminous collection of data, and the consequences that this sifting of bigger and bigger haystacks for tiny needles has had on the public and its right to privacy. (Michiko Kakutani New York Times)
Luke Harding's breathless page-turner ... reads more like a spy thriller than a piece of dry political analysis ... this is a riveting read and it unravels the mystery better than anything that's been published so far. (David Runciman The Guardian)
The Snowden Files - as the iPhone episode suggests - is a super-readable, thrillerish account of the events surrounding the reporting of the documents, with a few interludes sketching out what some of the stories have revealed ... Harding has done an amazing - and speedy - job of assembling material from a wide variety of sources and turning it into an exciting account. (Daniel Soar London Review of Books)
'Harding's account of how the leaks came to be published is thrilling, full of intrigue, last-minute flights, secret meetings and heroic hacks and editors ... it is a vital account of the story of the decade and the issue of our age: when our lives are lived on wires, how safe are we from those who would use our private information against us, whether criminals, foreign agents or our own governments? (Padraig Ready The Irish Times)
Without one man's courage and a life-altering decision, millions would never know about this most secret abuse of power by the intelligence agencies. This is the story of our age, brilliantly told. (Henry Porter)
In The Snowden Files, Luke Harding tells the story of Edward Snowden and the individuals behind the biggest leak in history.See all Description for The Snowden Files
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Harding treats Snowden and individual privacy as the subject of his own PhD thesis. After the initial pacy thriller like section on how Snowden did what he did, the book degenerates into a discussion on data privacy and how US intelligence/ NSA did what it did (i.e. spy on the world). There are interesting tidbits here and there including the spirited fight between a committed journalist cadre and US/ UK intelligence to keep the Snowden revelations in the public domain but such sections get lost between reams of explanations of technical nuances of the spying.
I was expecting much more from the book, especially since I am very particular about checking Goodreads ratings of unknown authors before buying them. Goodreads has failed me terribly, perhaps for the first time. Hope this is not the start of a trend.
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