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Snowden Paperback – August 25, 2015
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"A darkly funny look at our ongoing surveillance nightmare. . . .An entertaining, exhaustive, and approachable look at an incredibly important and relevant topic, because information security affects everyone whether you like it or not." --PC Magazine
"Ted Rall's Snowden is a dramatic, evocative, thoughtful and very accessible account of one of the most important stories of the century – and one of the most ominous, unless citizens are roused to action to rein in abusive state power." —Noam Chomsky
"VERDICT Written for adults but accessible to teens and sophisticated tweens, this work belongs in all libraries and will supply focus and background—if not unanimity—to everyone interested in government oversight issues."--School Library Journal
"Ted Rall nails his accurate graphics on the door of the national security state's unconstitutional mass surveillance, blanket invasions of privacy and related illegalities against the American people—charged to the American taxpayers.
"For all self-respecting citizens pressed for time, Ted Rall's story of the heroic whistleblower, Edward Snowden, is essential reading as 'Big Brother' starts having to look over its shoulders."
“His book, at 225 pages long, is actually extremely useful even to someone who knows the Snowden story relatively well. Rall clearly lays the story out in a comprehensive, surprisingly enjoyable way, and his signature, colorfully wry figures in text-heavy panels lend a whimsy and absurdity which match Snowden’s saga.” — Steven W Thrasher, The Guardian
“Through comically drawn figures and thorough yet uncomplicated blocks of text, Rall chronicles former NSA contractor Snowden’s early life, work experience, personality and political evolution. The unabashedly pro-Snowden deep-dive serves to help answer the questions: Of the countless government employees who knew of these programs, why was Snowden the one to risk everything to uncover them? And would we have done the same had we been in his position?” — Lauren Walker, Newsweek
About the Author
Twice the winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, TED RALL is a political cartoonist, opinion columnist, graphic novelist and occasional war correspondent whose work has appeared in hundreds of publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Village Voice, and Los Angeles Times. He is the illustrator of the full-length comic in Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps, written by Greg Palast.
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Those who don't understand the technology (which might be the majority of us) behind the spying will have more knowledge after reading this book. He makes it easier for us "dummies" to comprehend.
Through his unique cartoon style, well-written text, and excellent sense of humour, Rall makes this sometimes drab topic "fun." As such, this book should be mandatory reading in every single solitary public school in the nation so kids can get a real education on the topic!
Like millions of others on the planet, I have followed the Snowden and WikiLeaks stories since they broke, have read long articles and watched documentaries regarding same. However, thus far, it is Ted Rall who puts the icing on the cake regarding this complex topic.
No holds are barred when Rall writes honestly about the likes of President Barack Obama, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Senator Dianne Feinstein and other politicians.
For the visually impaired (like me), the Kindle version works out great because it is easy to zoom in on some of the smaller graphics and documents presented in the book.
Kudos to Ted Rall for creating this book that even someone like me with only a high school education can understand!
Even though I have followed the Snowden story closely via print media, Rall's book gave me additional information about the circumstances of Snowden's life and about certain of the details of the Gov't's. spying. There is no index but details are easily found anyway. I intend to buy several more copies of <Snowden> and distribute them to persons I want to be sure have the opportunity to read it.
Even if <Snowden> shows the subject in a better light than exists, (and I have no reason to believe that the author has done this), there is still plenty revealed here to be of value to a wide range of readers. Also, <Snowden> is backed up by 20 pgs. of notes. I recommend Rall's book, <Snowden>.
Snowden broke bones in both feet in training for a military career. This cartoon is better than Alice in Bed by Susan Sontag, but the similarity to how philosophy has more pleasure than Adolf Hitler ever got from Martin Heidegger was never on Letterman either.
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Very High Integrity.