Author: Luke Harding
Rating: 3 Stars
Review By: Shana
Solid journalistic recounting of Edward Snowden's exposure of extralegal surveillance by the NSA. The book reads well and offers some perspective that was not possible to get in real time as one headline after another assaulted the world. While the author sometimes seems a bit dramatic (which can color the objectivity of certain passages), overall the facts and events are recounted with a fair amount of balance.
Because the book was written after most of the repercussions had time to play out, the author has the chance to highlight where government explanations and excuses did not completely line up with the data provided. A bonus in the book, at least for readers not entirely familiar with law, journalism, and freedom of press in the UK (which I, admittedly, was not), is a comparison of the relationship of government to the press compared and contrasted in the US and the UK.
All in all, a readable overview of Snowden, with the end (i.e., Snowden's ultimate fate) yet to be written. With the intervening four years and Snowden still in Russia, it would be interesting to see an updated version covering additional fallout and, with added perspective on Putin, the potential consequences of Snowden being at Russia's disposal.
My love of reading was sparked in 3rd grade by the promise of personal pan pizzas via the BOOK IT! Program. Hmmmm... any chance that someone might give adults free food for reading? Asking for a friend...