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? ...

  • 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...

  • Karen

    This is a fascinating book. October 2019: Ghost in the Machine: How Edward Snowden found his consciencehttps://thebaffler.com/latest/ghost-i...September 2019: Trevor Noah (The Daily Show) interviewed ...

  • Betty

    So well written and absolutely riveting....

  • Kusaimamekirai

    I believe, just as those journalists believe, that a government may keep some information concealed. Even the most transparent democracy in the world may be allowed to classify, for example, the ident...

  • 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...

  • vonblubba

    Snowden is a controversial figure, if ever there was one. There's who considers him a traitor, who a hero, with very little middle ground. Despite that, there's something undeniable about him: he chos...

  • Laura Noggle

    A very spooky, real-life Halloween read.🤯👻🎃...