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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, May 2014: In May of 2013, Edward Snowden, a young systems administrator contracting for the National Security Agency, fled the United States for Hong Kong, carrying with him thousands of classified documents outlining the staggering capabilities of the NSA.’s surveillance programs--including those designed to collect information within the U.S. There Snowden arranged a meeting with Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald, and so began the most explosive leak of classified material since the Pentagon Papers, over 40 years ago. No Place to Hide opens with Greenwald’s tense account of his initial cloak-and-dagger encounters with Snowden, then transitions into descriptions of the NSA’s vast information-collection apparatus, including a selection of the “Snowden files” with commentary on the alphabet soup of agencies and code names. And--in typical Greenwald style--the book is packed with his opinions on government snooping, its legality, and the impacts on our Constitutional freedoms. Whether you consider Snowden a whistleblower crying foul on government overreach, or a self-aggrandizing traitor who put national security at risk, Greenwald’s book is thrilling and enlightening, a bellwether moment in a crucial debate. --Jon Foro
"Impassioned . . . gripping . . . Greenwald amplifies our understanding of the N.S.A.’s sweeping ambitions . . . and delivers a fierce argument in defense of the right of privacy."
—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"Rings with authority . . . vital for anyone interested in civil liberties . . . this book is an antidote to the common public perception that government spooks are only interested in ‘bad’ people."
"Incisive, slashing . . . Greenwald’s pugilistic skills are on full display . . . If you want to get a handle on what was at stake when Snowden downloaded the government’s most precious secrets onto a thumb drive, this book is your primer."
"Provides an excellent overview of the NSA’s still-classified activities and lack of legal controls, putting the pieces together in a way that daily journalism cannot."
"A vital discussion on Snowden’s revelations."
—Los Angeles Times
"Reads like a thriller . . . With heart-pounding suspense, John le Carre-like intrigue and Jeffersonian fidelity to the principles of human freedom . . . No Place to Hide is also a morality tale about the personal courage required of Snowden and Greenwald and his colleagues to expose government wrongdoing and the risk to their lives, liberties and properties in doing so."
—Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, FOX News
"Shocking . . . It is hard to argue with Greenwald’s contention that ‘the NSA is the definitive rogue agency.’"
—The Christian Science Monitor
"A fascinating read that adds much to the debate on national security and privacy."
—Los Angeles Review of Books
"A smart, impassioned indictment of what Greenwald calls ‘fear-driven, obsequious journalism.’"
—San Francisco Chronicle
"A compelling narrative that puts the most explosive revelations about official criminality into vital context . . . The book ends with a beautiful, barn-burning coda in which Greenwald sets out his case for a society free from surveillance. It reads like the transcript of a particularly memorable speech—an ‘I have a dream’ speech; a ‘Blood, sweat, toil and tears’ speech. . . . It's a speech I hope to hear Greenwald deliver himself someday."
—Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
"Eloquent . . . powerful . . . Greenwald makes a persuasive case that this is a battle that has engulfed us all, and one that has not yet ended"
Bought it for my husband for christmas. He hasnt put it down since it came in the mail.Published 17 hours ago by shanna smith
This just shows how far out of touch we've become from our representatives in this Constitutional Republic - and how far they've fallen from their oaths to uphold and defend the... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Frederick P. Blume
This book is a great book if you like non-fiction books.... It is very slow but at the same time very thoughtful and informative.......Published 2 days ago by Jassel Corella
I wanted to know whether we should praise Snowden or lock him up, and picked this book to decide. First, the book review. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Cap'n Doc
Easily the most enjoyable part of this history is the minute by minute description, with highs and lows, of the first meeting of Greenwald and Poitras with Snowden. Read morePublished 4 days ago by William V. DePaulo
Chapter 3 can be eliminated and it would still be a good book. The other chapters give insightful thoughts to the surveillance state and what we can do to fix it. Good read.Published 6 days ago by Julian Douglass