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Books on Edward Snowden

Redigerat: dec 21, 2016, 1:59pm

The 2016 Oliver Stone movie Snowden is partly based on a Russian book, The Time of the Octopus, by Anatoly Kucherena. Has anyone heard if that book will ever be translated into English? If not, perhaps it will be published as an E-book, since some E-book readers provide translation options.

My favorite book on Edward Snowden so far is The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man, by Luke Harding. The Whistleblower's Dilemma is a well-researched comparison/contrast of the challenges and choices facing both Edward Snowden and Karen Silkwood. Glenn Greenwald's book is also worth a read: No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State.

nov 6, 2016, 5:57pm

Thanks for the info on the Snowden books. I have not read anything on him.

Redigerat: maj 13, 2020, 4:55pm

US reporter Barton Gellman is writing a book on Snowden, which will be published on May 19, 2020:

Wednesday, May 13th: The publisher's website says that the author, who is a reporter for the Washington Post newspaper, is now on tour, discussing this new book.

nov 10, 2016, 11:24am

I received No Place to Hide as a SantaThing gift last Christmas.

Redigerat: nov 19, 2016, 6:04pm

Daniel Estes, that is so cool! The most important thing I know about the American viewpoint on Snowden is that, some years back, the NYTimes editorial board *unanimously* said that Snowden is not a traitor, but a whistleblower. The 2nd most important Snowden factoid is that here is his most in-depth interview to date:

nov 19, 2016, 7:48pm

Snowden in the news this week, reacting to UK surveillance bill:

Redigerat: dec 21, 2016, 1:26pm

Just published in the United States is Bravehearts: whistle-blowing in the age of Snowden. The sole author is Mark Hertsgaard, a widely published journalist who is the environment correspondent for The Nation magazine. This book looks in depth at the US security establishment roles of three people: Edward Snowden, his NSA predecessor and earlier whistleblower Thomas Drake, and a former senior Pentagon official "who comes forward in this book for the first time to describe how his superiors repeatedly broke the law to punish Drake -- and unwittingly taught Snowden how to evade their clutches." (This quote is from the inside cover of the hardcover edition.) Book description from the publisher's website:

Redigerat: okt 20, 2020, 12:06pm

January 2018 interview with Edward Snowden by WikiNews:

Snowden's comments about the human need for individual privacy are eloquent. I agree with him, and that's why I continue to lodge protests with the American Library Association and individual libraries about the dismissal of reader privacy rights in library contracts with e-book publishers.

Also from 2018: Discussion between Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg, originally published in The Guardian:

Redigerat: maj 13, 2020, 4:57pm

Former Guardian publisher Alan Rusbridger, now with Reuters, is the author of a book published September 1, 2018 in the UK. Edward Snowden has a brief endorsement of this book on the UK publisher's book page:

The US publisher is Farrar, Straus, & Giroux: Breaking News: the remaking of journalism and why it matters now

Redigerat: jun 26, 2020, 5:41pm

Sept. 2, 2019: Later this month, a book written by Edward Snowden will be published in the US, the EU, and elsewhere. It is titled Permanent Record, and is now touchstoning on LT:

Permanent Record

sep 18, 2019, 12:35pm

Wednesday, September 18, 2019: Edward Snowden's latest book Permanent Record is the #1 bestseller on the Amazon website.

Redigerat: maj 13, 2020, 4:59pm

Several years ago, I asked here whether there is an English language translation of the Russian book Time Of The Octopus. Now there is. The English language version is published by Glagoslav publications B.V. in paperback, 256 pages, $23.99, in Barnes&Noble bookstores and on their website. The full title is Time of the octopus: based on the true story of whistleblower Edward Snowden. Its author is Anatoly Kucherena, the Russian lawyer who represented Mr. Snowden in hearings at the Moscow airport in 2013.

Barnes&Noble is also selling a Nook book edition of the Snowden book, Everything You Know About The Constitution Is Wrong.

Good news: There is *finally* a forthcoming publication date on Dark Mirror, by Barton Gellman, reporter at the Washington Post newspaper: May 19, 2020. Its subject is the surveillance state first uncovered by Edward Snowden. It is 496 pages long and will be published in hardcover and E-book editions:

sep 18, 2019, 5:29pm

The US government is suing to prevent Snowden from being paid royalties for his new book. The net effect is to advertise the hell out of it.

Redigerat: maj 13, 2020, 4:46pm

The NYTimes just published a review of Dark Mirror. Here is a book review from Publishers Weekly:

The book's official publication date is still May 19th. $30 in hardcover, and there is an E-book edition. Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State. Author: Barton Gellman

Redigerat: okt 20, 2020, 12:07pm

After doing a 2nd, slower reading of Gellman's new book Dark Mirror, my conclusion is that all of Gellman's findings about the US national security establishment and its automated technology are on very solid ground. Also be aware that the book's Notes section (pp. 361-411) is well worth reading on its own.

(In addition, the Apple iPhone's latest operating system (version #14), which is soon to be released, offers a number of privacy-enhancing new features.)

After reading Snowden's autobiography, Permanent Record, I found it to be highly credible as well. The Time of the Octopus, however, not so much; frankly, I now view The Time of the Octopus as a work of fiction ... its "revelations" do *not* stand the test of time.