So .. how do I put this nicely . This book , for all intents and purposes , MAY appear , a relevant read to understand , the "contemporary" international politics and its exchanges with the public in general , with questions on nationalism , country etc , since Julian Assange and Edward Snowden are put so deliberately into context . But , you will be disheartened , disillusioned , halfway through the book .
Reason : For most part , Arundhati Roy , although it was not her place , plays the deliberate , self-entitled role of the "voice" of the book . Her overindulgent , authoritative caricature often leaves the main context to gyrate around her OWN VERSION of anti-country propaganda , just for a pittance of relevance , to the point that it vexes and amuses John Cusack .
Overused , cliche keywords like Burkha , Muslim , Radical , Islam , bombing , genocide , hiroshima were often used intentionally to put "some" things into perspective and keep the ACTUAL CONTEXT aka whistle-blowing & Right to information (RTI) vs National+International Security away .
By the end of the book you are ended up with a Bourgeois Baloney - Bourgeois in Flair but Baloney contextually . If you are hyped up about some radical Arundhuti Ray , forget it .
There are SOME perspective discussed about the construct of a country and criticisms about its actions or inactions to preserve its own existence . A simpleton mind may find that radical in concept ( Probably this book is aimed at such people ) but this book is neither a critical essay of essence nor an apt , inquisitive glance into whistle-blowing issue
BTW You can read this book freely in huffington post , legally ..