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Permanent Record: Young Readers Edition

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Exciting spy memoir hits digital privacy, exposing secrets.

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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.

Book Details

  • Author: Edward Snowden
  • Genre: Biography
  • Topics: Activism , STEM
  • Book type: Non-Fiction
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: February 9, 2021
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 15
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: February 22, 2021

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