Permanent Record by Edward Snowden

Permanent Record

Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intelligence establishment and revealed that the United States government was secretly pursuing the means ...

Details Permanent Record

TitlePermanent Record
Release DateSep 17th, 2019
PublisherMetropolitan Books
GenreNonfiction, Biography, Politics, Autobiography, Memoir, History

Reviews Permanent Record

  • Caspin
    The guy’s a genius with a selfless heart of gold. He gave up a $250,000 a year job in Hawaii, left his family, friends, country....his whole life, to share truth of the United States’ masses having their constitutional rights violated by the NSA.The founding fathers are smiling down from Heaven....and at the same time are staring in disbelief and disappointment at the false patriotism of the ignorant who condemn this man for his sacrifice.
  • Michelle
    Edward Snowden has no new bombshells in this book, but "Permanent Record" is still full of surprises in some ways. Far from the low-level IT drone depicted in most early press accounts, and even further from the naive double agent trashed by his critics, the narrator of this book is a thoughtful, painfully self-aware intelligence professional who found himself forced to confront and expose the reality of mass surveillance -- and the immense power...
  • Kelly
    This is so weird!I did not rate this book, but I see that "I" gave it 2-stars on August 27. It seriously looks like my account was hacked in order to give a book 2 stars! Who does that?
  • Manuel Antão
    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.DNS over HTTPS (DoH): "Permanent Record" by Edward SnowdenThe minute some politico starts banging on about that we need to restrict something because we need to "protect the children" you can be absolutely sure that they mean to prevent the people having the same access to information as they do. Or they have been caught with their trousers down. And I am not talking about defence relat...
  • Bradley
    This is a highly-readable and thoroughly fascinating account of Snowden as a child, his ethical foundations, computer ethos, and his original desire always do the right thing.For any of you who don't know his name, you'll find a thousand accounts that turn him into a hero and a thousand that turn him into a traitor. I totally recommend reading his own words. He was always careful and thoughtful and did what he did for what he thought was the very...
  • Denise
    I think it's been fairly well established by now where my views on Edward Snowden fall in the traitor vs. hero debate, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that I was very excited to read his story as told in his own words. Since following his disclosures back in 2013, I have unabashedly admired what he has done and what he stands for, as well as the courage required by his actions. Reading this book has, if anything, strengthened my impression of ...
  • Karen
    This is a fascinating book. Late October 2019: Recode Decode podcast interview with Edward Snowden (thanks to Michael Perkins for the heads up ) 2019: Ghost in the Machine: How Edward Snowden found his conscienceThis is a fascinating book. Late October 2019: Recode Decode podcast interview with Edward Snowden (thanks to Michael Perkins for the heads up https:/...
  • Betty
    So well written and absolutely riveting.
  • Laura Noggle
    A very spooky, real-life Halloween read.🤯👻🎃
  • Flaviu Vescan
    To me, what Snowden did was a heroic sacrifice for the sake of free speech and democracy. It shows that even in this century of "the many", individual action can matter just as much as collective action and that gives me a great deal of hope. People like him give me hope, but they also show that the liberties we currently have are very much being taken for granted. Democracy, free speech, privacy were not just hard earned through countless deaths...
  • Kusaimamekirai
    I believe, just as those journalists believe, that a government may keep some information concealed. Even the most transparent democracy in the world may be allowed to classify, for example, the identity of its undercover agents and the movements of its troops in the field. This book includes no such secrets. To give an account of my life while protecting the privacy of my loved ones and not exposing legitimate government secrets is no simple tas...
  • vonblubba
    Snowden is a controversial figure, if ever there was one. There's who considers him a traitor, who a hero, with very little middle ground. Despite that, there's something undeniable about him: he chose to throw away a reasonably comfortable life for something he believed in. It was a completely selfless reason, made without any personal agendas whatsoever. That is something that I personally respect and admire. This biography is a very interestin...
  • Claudia
    They own your every secret, your life is in their filesThe grains of your every waking second sifted through and scrutinizedThey know your every right. They know your every wrongEach put in their due compartment - sins where sins belongThey know you. They see all. They know all indiscretionsCompiler of your dreams, your indignationsFollowing your every single moveThey know youNo, these words are not from the book; they are part of Meshuggah’s ...
  • Venky
    In her bestselling book, “Surveillance Capitalism”, author Shoshana Zuboff while making reference to the insanely popular virtual game, Pokémon Go, writes, “players think they are playing one game – collecting Pokémon – while they are in fact pawns in an entirely different one.” Beneath the seemingly innocuous exterior of a task involving ‘collection’ of creatures hidden in various nooks and crannies both indoors and outdoors, l...
  • Thorkell Ottarsson
    This book is excellent. The chapters about Snowden's childhood are rather pointless (should really have been skipped) but everything after he enters the army and then starts working for the government is fantastic. Edward Snowden is a better thinker than a writer and it is when he starts discussing the implication of mass surveillance and what it can lead to that the book really delivers. An important book from one of our greatest heroes.
  • Michael
    Most people who follow me online will have grown-up around the start of the World-Wide-Web. And that is where this book begins. That nostalgic, online, open, free and anonymous space, full of potential and filled with people chatting in rooms. Computing was stepping up, computer consoles were becoming more common place, and PCs were just still out of the reach of every home.Edward Snowden was born within our same generation, but whereas we remain...
  • nashvillebookgirl
    Whatever you believe or choose to believe - read this one. We are all humans after all.
  • Manny
    This is a long awaited book for me. Some people may disagree with him. IMHO I consider him a true hero. He outed the corruption at the very top. This has not stopped and has actually increased. The saddest thing about the entire situation as that we all know the NSA is watching everything we do and we the people have done nothing. We have become a bunch of complaisant drones of the government. This book covers more of his upbringing and what brou...
  • Ewa
    It’s not perfect but it’s important
  • David
    People are going to love this book -- it's a tantalizing look behind the curtain in exchange for accepting Snowden's personable, but self-serving, white-washed, martyr drama.Snowden reportedly stole over a million classified documents, of which an unknown percent have been distributed to an unknown number of parties, and about 10,000 have been publicly published. He claims in the book that he can no longer reconstruct the documents, that he didn'...
  • Ashley
    Oddly I found myself losing sympathy for Snowden the more I read. Perhaps my cynicism conflicted too greatly with his high-minded sense of idealism.
  • Sharon
    Hello CIA!
  • Nicholas
    Snowden's autobiography highlights a deeply flawed narrative and character regarding his disclosure of classified intelligence programs in 2013.The first several chapters describe Snowden's childhood and the early part of his career before he joined the intelligence community. The anecdotes about life as a child in the 1990s may be interesting for people who did not grow up during that time period, but as somebody who did, I did not find them rev...
  • Jason
    While I can relate nearly 100% with the way Edward Snowden grew up (it was eerily similar)... that doesn’t mean I enjoyed reading it. I’d give this book 2 stars if it wasn’t for the utmost respect that I have for the author and the sacrifices that he made to get the truth out there. There is a lot of internet infrastructure terminology used throughout, which is explained in ways that make it very easy to understand. However, since my profes...
  • Liam
    I am the first to admit that I am horribly, disgustingly under-informed on most current events, which leads to me being horribly, disgustingly under-informed on past current events. So when I saw Permanent Record on the shelf, other than being struck by the cover, I looked at the author and thought "Oh that's that Wikileaks guy, isn't it?" No. No it isn't.Permanent Record is the story of Snowden's life - from his childhood through his adolescence...
  • Mona
    Disclaimer - I do not support governmental or any other institution survailance of private entities. I read this book with a great interest, hoping to learn some new perspectives on the story which had been told many times already and is probably known to most people in the US. This is a memoir of whisleblower Edward Snowden,  heavily tinged with anti governmental ideology, so if you are not favorable towards that kind of things, you may consid...
  • Athan Tolis
    Unlike Edward Snowden, I don’t accept axiomatically that it’s wrong for a well-meaning government to collect my data. Rather, I hold that belief for some of the same reasons I don’t like the death penalty: first, I don’t want to have to trust my government with infallibility; second, it freaks me out that, once it’s established the government can do it, the private sector might get a look-in (which for data it already does, of course; p...
  • Sreeraag Mohan
    To refuse to inform yourself about the basic operation and maintenance of the equipment you depended on was to passively accept that tyranny and agree to its terms: when your equipment works, you’ll work, but when your equipment breaks down you’ll break down, too. Your possessions would possess you.Think about a day in your life, where you're cut-off from the internet world: maybe your phone is broken, or global servers have been attacked, re...
  • Fatima M. Nabil
    four stars for the book and added a fifth for Snowden, watched his movie a couple of years back and now this book, and i am obsessed with his story and more importantly overwhelmed by the facts he confirmed and revealed, the end of this book has a paragraph that will make u paranoid for a while though...but we forget, i don't know how but we do forget and move on despite our knowledge that we are that exposed and violated, maybe because it feels ...