A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Raises questions about privacy, patriotism, and government overreach. Should the government be able to spy on its citizens?
It's sometimes necessary to serve justice by breaking the law. A single individual can effect major change.
Positive Role Models
Edward Snowden portrays himself as a well-intentioned whistleblower, ready to defend the Constitution, even if he may well go to jail.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Permanent Record: Young Readers Edition is a memoir by National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden. At age 29, Snowden released top-secret documents proving that the U.S. government routinely and illegally spied on private citizens. His actions led him to political exile in Russia. Unlike a James Bond movie, there is no sex, violence, smoking, or drinking in this tale of espionage.
Is It Any Good?
It may be tempting to gussy-up a tale of espionage with false hype, but this thoughtful memoir portrays the real-life perils of working against your own government. Whistleblower Edward Snowden doesn't indulge in self-pity or false modesty, but sets out the step-by-step path he took from being an ambitious and dedicated CIA employee to deciding to abandon life in the United States and alert the world to the covert surveillance conducted by the CIA, the NSA, and others. For readers interested in protecting their privacy, Snowden offers some useful tips. Permanent Record offers much food for thought and tells an important story for anyone who uses a smartphone.
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