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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"
Snowden's initial email says it all - "I AM A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY." He is NOT a senior member of ANYTHING. He didn't even go to college! LOL. Read morePublished 3 hours ago by A customer
Excellent analysis of the extent of surveillance within the US. Greenwald has an engaging writing style and the early chapters on his meeting with Edward Snowden are gripping.Published 11 hours ago by Susan Bell
Since published in May, not only is this a best seller, it is a must read for all people, where ever you live. Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Cali Flower
FIVE STARS ONLY BECAUSE I HOPE OTHERS READ THIS REVIEW. The book is an interesting real-life 'spy' story of how Ed Snowden got info out re: US Gov't overprotective surveillance. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by RawHoney
Journalist Glenn Greenwald gives a detail account of his encounter with whistleblower and American expatriate (not by choice) Edward Snowden. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by augie
It is a rather short book. The early part before Snowden n Greenwald met was quite interesting with cloak and dagger suspense. The interview with Snowden is also informative . Read morePublished 1 day ago by Yip LIU
A very important book. It gives you an understanding of how Edward Snowdon could reveal highly classified US-documents. Read morePublished 1 day ago by ANilsen
A very well written and informative story. It presented another side of the Snowden story that changed my thinking about him. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Harry H.
A essential read. Greenwald gives us an engrossing account of the lead-up and background to Edward Snowden's defection. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Brian from Oz