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Permanent Record

Lu par : Holter Graham
Durée : 11 h et 31 min
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An NPR Best Book of the Year - 2019

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, 29-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 to collect every single phone call, text message, and email. The result would be an unprecedented system of mass surveillance with the ability to pry into the private lives of every person on earth. Six years later, Snowden reveals for the very first time how he helped to build this system and why he was moved to expose it. 

Spanning the bucolic Beltway suburbs of his childhood and the clandestine CIA and NSA postings of his adulthood, Permanent Record is the extraordinary account of a bright young man who grew up online - a man who became a spy, a whistleblower, and, in exile, the internet’s conscience. Written with wit, grace, passion, and an unflinching candor, Permanent Record is a crucial memoir of our digital age and destined to be a classic.

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Very interesting and enjoyable. Excellent narration.

I thoroughly enjoyed this glimpse of Edward Snowden’s life and am very happy that people like him exist and are willing to accept such enormous sacrifices in order to act upon their conscience.
Even though abusive bulk data collection no doubt continues in the US, the Uk and other “Five ls” countries, his brave actions have at least revealed the some of the abuses of our intelligence communities, forcing our governments to communicate their position.
We may continue to be under constant surveillance, and regularly make myriad mistakes, but his revelations have increased the availability of tools to help us preserve a little privacy.

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  • VR
  • 02/12/2019

Snowden's story

I really enjoyed reading Snowden's account of his story, especially the details regarding his revelation and subsequent "escape" to Russia. His telling is extremely believable and being born around the same time and having seen the boom of internet, his quick professional ascension and the time the institutions took to catch up (relying on young unexperienced but tech-savy kids) is very real. That's how it went around.

That said, I'd like to research a bit further the chronological line and some facts, but mass surveillance does exist and the line between national security and individual privacy can be very thin. I think this subject should be discussed openly and citizens should be informed and have a saying in the way their data is collected and processed.

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  • Ryan L
  • 22/09/2019

Great (if incomplete) account

I don't agree with everything Snowden did, and I don't know how complete this book is about his motivations and actions, but even with those caveats, it's an excellent book.

The most interesting aspect for me was not the factual description of what he did (although there are some never-before-read details), but his mindset and motivation to choose to betray the NDAs and chain of command while (possibly) honoring the oath of service. The technical details about his archiving system (it basically crawled a bunch of the published-within-IC sources and then indexed them, republishing for internal use, which allowed him perfect cover for exfiltration...) were still interesting, of course. That NSA had incredibly lax internal security and compartmentalization in the 1993-2013 period (due to losing all the cold war people and replacing them with...a specific demographic profile), CIA and State's technical incompetence, etc. are all pretty well supported by evidence. (Incidentally, the technical jack of all trades at CIA job sounds pretty amazing.)

Least expected angle was just how impressive his wife is. NSA's initial angle was "stripper", which brings a whole set of assumptions. However, this was pretty clearly inaccurate -- she's an intelligent and thoughtful person (although not involved in Snowden's exfiltration of data or escape), and based on actions since the incident (moving to Russia, marrying Snowden a year later, ...), seems

His descriptions of contracting culture and the gov/contractor split, hypertrophy and metastasis of the IC and contractors, etc all are strongly supported by evidence (and my personal experience as a contractor with the government for several years).

What is missing, and calls into question the veracity of the whole account, is the exact process of deciding to do all of this. In the book, it was that he accidentally saw a STLW (Stellar Wind) document, related to one of the most morally and legally questionable programs post-Church conducted by the USG (and for which individuals should be prosecuted and likely hanged), then just started searching for and consuming information for his own education (to see if these programs really existed), and only then decided to leak. That's possible, but it's not strongly supported. The mysterious occurrence of epilepsy around this time which motivated him to spend time on self-reflection and switching to a role with less of everything except access to this data, etc. seems a bit too convenient. This is the one area where I'm still a bit suspicious of the whole affair (either that an external power was involved, or that other NSA insiders supported him), but the story as told could also be the truth -- it's just difficult or impossible to validate.

Overall, one of the best books about the complex and evolving interplay between young, relatively powerless individuals who have technical competence and thus effective technical control over large institutions like government vs. the official power structures, the failures of USG/IC, and one of the biggest news stories in civil liberties since the 1970s.

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  • Franklin S Werren
  • 20/09/2019

Who should read

Every American should read this book and see what our secret agencies are doing. Edward Snowden is a hero in my eyes and people who lie should not even be in government. Some should be in jail for their lies to Congress.

Thank you Ed Snowden, an American Patriot!

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  • Linda
  • 01/10/2019

BRILLIANT

Mr Snowdon’s courage is by itself impressive, and his eloquence and explanations are as well. I wish this could be mandatory reading for every high school/ college student. Also, if i had a zillion dollars i would stand on the street in DC, where i live and hand a copy to everyone! Thank you for sharing your narrative! (PS I am 75 years old..)

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 19/09/2019

A Snowden always answers the call of duty

Edward Snowden has always preferred the life of relative anonymity, but in this book, he really goes into great detail about the fascinated life he has lived and what led up to the biggest intelligence scandal in history. The book is divided into 3 parts, Part 1 is his childhood, how he got interested in technology and how he used his brain to do as little school work as possible, part 2 is professional life, his short army career and how he got to learn about the U.S mass surveillance as early as 2009, and part 3 is about his life on Hawaii and what led up to and his life after turning whistleblower. An operation that may or may not has involved the Rubix cube on his desk. The book narrator the incredible Holter Graham does an amazing job bringing his words and stories to life and I really started to feel Snowdens paranoia and techno-skepticism when he went on about smart-fridges, credit cards, phones, and traffic cameras, how all the metadata can be used to track you and how most of society is completely okay with it because "They have nothing to hide". The book takes a deep-dive in the societal contract of surveillance we have all agreed to and makes clear that it's only going to be worse unless we start dealing with the problem. Snowden tells his side of the story with wit, profound thoughts and a self-awareness most of us can only dream of. Reading the book makes it becomes painfully clear that he is one of our greatest martyrs against the powers of corporate and governmental espionage, and makes you wish that there were more people like Snowden out there willing to answer the call of duty, even when the enemy is less traditional than the ones we read about in history books.

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  • Rick
  • 20/09/2019

good but short

it was a little bit too truncated for me. I really would have liked to know what happened with him and his wife since he's been in Russia

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  • Lisa
  • 20/09/2019

A Must Read!

Couldn't recommend this book more strongly. Well written and most interesting and full of stuff we all need to know and be aware of. Eternally grateful to Mr.Snowden for his sacrifice.

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  • Raul Duran
  • 20/09/2019

Amazing book!

Amazing book! Each chapter better than the last. I admit my eyes got teary on the last chapter. Hope to one day see you and thank you for your sacrifice!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18/09/2019

REAL American Patriot

Excellent story, he captures nuanced life as well as technical detail. God bless Edward Snowden.

liberty == privacy

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  • Ginny
  • 18/09/2019

Verified and congrats

While Snowden was active I was living a parallel life with similar understandings of privacy invasions by government, corporation, and rich individuals. Taking my own steps to secure privacy on a global scale for everyone. I refused getting gov't clearance many times so I never saw the stuff that he directly observed but that I knew existed, because I could directly observe the tell-tale signals that it did exist. I can say with great confidence that I believe Snowden is a patriot and has served the United States Constitution well. It is sad that so many people do not understand how the United States came to be. I highly recommend George Washington's Last Farewell to anybody who wants to understand just how well the country's founders knew what they were doing. George Washington gave us four things not to do, and now, and now, we persist in doing them all. Snowden should be seen as a light of reason in a digital world of unfettered deceit about constitutionally protected invasions of privacy we have long known are essential to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I thank him for this book as his permanent record.

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  • Dan - Atlanta
  • 18/09/2019

Picked up the book to support Snowden

General speaking the media and the government get it wrong. Hero? I'd like my privacy back.... They tend to kill the messenger prior to naming streets after him. How many MLK and Kennedy BLVD's do we have in America? Buy the book it's a good read and a vote in dollars for a man who has courage. I respect him he deserves support.

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  • Camila
  • 30/09/2019

Must-Read Book

Great book, every aspect of it! Informative, interesting, exiting, even romantic and funny. Everyone should read it.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 02/12/2019

Insgesamt Klasse!

Kindheit- und Jugendphase fand ich etwas ausführlich. Ich bin jedoch drangeblieben und habe es nicht bereut. Wem es anfangs etwas langweilig ist empfehle ich, einfach das entsprechende Kapital zu überspringen.

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  • Valérie Leandre
  • 16/01/2020

Riveting.

I'm happy that I finally read this important book. I hate gettitng forced to write the minimum of 15 words to be able to post my review. I just wanted to say that this is a great read.

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  • Heike Knorz
  • 12/10/2019

Amazing story. Tough to listen to the speaker.

The story is very well written. Gives great insights ti the man Edward snowden.. My hat is off to him and his courage. I found the speaker exhausting... Most of the time he emphasized every word and made it hard to listen to. Wish i would have bought the German version (heard a sample of it and the speaker is much better.

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  • Lisa Maria
  • 01/07/2020

Tércio Lucas

A very technically informative book in a very digitally dynamic world! It creates a new perspective on the way we view and judge data.

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  • John Moore
  • 01/07/2020

A true patriot.

I Know. Thank you for being braver than I. The world needs you, Stay safe.

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  • ~~~
  • 15/05/2020

impressing

Ed is an astonishingly good stoyteller und a VERY smart and self-reflective guy. A "Must Read"!

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  • Jan
  • 25/01/2020

wichtiges Zeitdokument

sehr interessant, viel neues gehört und gelernt. Empfehlung!
für IT- ler wie sucht nicht IT ler

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  • Ingo Guenther
  • 16/01/2020

Intelligent, self reflective and emotional

The book doesn't give many new insights on the mass surveillance performed by the U.S. government, but instead shows us the person behind the "leaks" (including a short, entertaining deviation pondering the negatively flavoured naval terms used for this kind of actions).

This intelligent, self reflective and emotional description of his way from a struggling teenage computer nerd to one of the most wanted enemies of the government, just because actually believing in the ideals of the Constitution of the United States and consequently following them, is a recommended read for anyone advocating the "Nothing to hide argument".

Narration: Perfect reading by Holter Graham!

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  • Roman
  • 13/01/2020

touching!

A very touching story about the human being behind the name of Edward Snowden. Well written, well performed this book tells about the development and coming to be of Edward Snowden due to the technological advances during his childhood and beyond and how he perceived those in technical, emotional and ethical regards.
This book leads the listener/reader through the timeline;-) from his youth followed by the several governmental and non-governmental employments and ending in his decisionmaking the following through of his disclosures and the consequences thereof.
Thank you.