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Permanent Record

Permanent Record

Written by Edward Snowden

Narrated by Holter Graham


Permanent Record

Written by Edward Snowden

Narrated by Holter Graham

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5/5 (480 ratings)
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11 hours
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Released:
Sep 17, 2019
ISBN:
9781250622686
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Description

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 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.

Publisher:
Released:
Sep 17, 2019
ISBN:
9781250622686
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Edward Snowden was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and grew up in the shadow of Fort Meade. A systems engineer by training, he served as an officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, and worked as a contractor for the National Security Agency. He has received numerous awards for his public service, including the Right Livelihood Award, the German Whistleblower Prize, the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling, and the Carl von Ossietzky Medal from the International League of Human Rights. Currently, he serves as president of the board of directors of the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

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  • (5/5)

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    Opens up another world , a world of technology and secrecy .

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  • (5/5)

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    a hero, a survivor, a fighter, someone to look up to. a human being.

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  • (5/5)
    Well, it seems that after hearing this book, the NSA will know that I exist. So be it, this kind of text should be mandatory for everyone in order to build a more informed and demanding society and less domesticated. Thanks Ed.
  • (5/5)
    While the story was great, the narrator added much to it.
  • (5/5)
    Proclaiming Snowden is a hero is an oversimplification. He is at once both more and less than that. Less, because he is simply a person who acted on his conscience, and more, because the environment in which he did so regards his virtue as an anomaly, requiring a complete sacrifice of all things we perceive as securities. Truly gratifying and inspiring.
  • (5/5)
    Just listening to what Snowden did and how he came to his conclusions is not only entertaining but also frightening. Clearly we are still in the throes of the Big Brother watching our every move and now with the “cancel culture” we are returning to the days of McCarthyism.
  • (5/5)
    Must listen to book. Whether you agree or disagree with what Snowden did.
  • (5/5)
    A must read for all, but especially for those who haven't yet understood that without taking measures to protect their data that they remain easy targets for government, corporations et al.
  • (5/5)
    My very first audiobook. Love it. Learned a lot from the book.
  • (5/5)
    knowledge the curse of curiosity, better to remain ignorant as it truly is a blessing.
  • (5/5)
    Snowden presents the facts and details of his journey to commit the crime of revealing the biggest conspiracy against the citizens of the world by the intelligence community of the United States. His words are carefully chosen and thoughtful, delivering a story that will connect with your intellect as well as your heart. I recommend this book to be placed in your permanent library as it marks a serious turning point in history into the Information Age.
  • (5/5)
    Thanks Ed Snowden for doing the work to uncover mass surveillance and for risking everything to expose it.
  • (5/5)
    Having followed along intently since the story of Edward Snowden first unfolded I thought this book had little to offer me, but after the insistence of numerous friends I finally got around to reading it, and I must say that this is a must read for anyone even remotely interested in surveillance, politics or tech. I could get into details about why this book is so important, but it would take too long, so instead just take my word for it, you will not regret reading this book.
  • (5/5)
    This is an important memoir of an unequivocal hero that details the clandestine NSA mass surveillance program that was exposed in 2013.

    The story gives us great insight into the important events of Snowden's childhood and adult life that led right up to his decision to become a whistleblower.

    The aftermath of his decision is summarized in a way that gives the reader/listener satisfying closure to a story that reads like something out of a science-fiction thriller.

    I highly recommend the audio version, as it makes for an even more compelling experience-- the narrator even sounds like Ed Snowden himself.

    Permanent Record has given me all the more reason to reflect on and admire Snowden's heroism and sacrifice for the public good. He is a true patriot.
  • (5/5)
    Heartbreaking story of a very courageous young man who sacrificed so much for the rest of us. Reading it will make you never feel the same about the devices we pour our data into - and what happens to it then.
  • (5/5)
    Very visual and informative. Also interesting to know the details missing on the Movie or on the documentary films about him.
    I recommend this book for all the person that is concert about the Human Rights.
  • (5/5)
    Edward Snowden is an American hero. He does a great job in this book communicating complex technology to the average person. Edward describes his emotional war with himself in the time leading up to his whistle blowing. There is even excerpts from his wife’s diary describing her mindset during it all. The book is very detailed and informative. The U.S. gov is now confiscating proceeds from this book. ...unbelievable.
  • (5/5)
    Very well written. I couldnt put it down. Good arguments justifying his actions. A hero, not a traitor.
  • (5/5)
    What a read! LOL and disbelief at other times. This explains so much about our digital Permanent Record. Ed, you a brave teacher with your ability to explain how people and their digital data have no boundaries and how most everybody is taken advantage of commecially and even by our own USA & other governments. The fact that the US proceeds for this work are being withheld just is validation for its content. Everybody interested in cybersecurity needs to read this .
  • (5/5)
    This book is almost an apologetic for the intelligence community. I know he fell in the sword for Americans and the rest of the world so we’d know the extent of the spying. I had no idea the amount of respect he had for the IC when falling on the sword for them. They say nothing’s changed but I disagree. Now we know. And with all the countries now in this high tech spy game, the US stepped up. They abused power yes, and that’s a shame, but the tech is here and we have to get real about it if we’re going to use it. Encrypt and move on.
  • (5/5)
    Everything about it was wonderful. Very insightful. The narrating was perfect as well.
  • (5/5)
    Eye opening and scary at the same time; puts things into perspective
  • (5/5)
    I only wish it were Snowden himself narrating this. Sad that I live in a country that is supposed to stand for truth and transparency until the truth is actually being heard. Thank you to Scrib'd for allowing us to have access to this.
  • (5/5)
    Well narrated and a good critique of today's Internet .
  • (5/5)
    This is a great book. As a techie I followed pretty well especially around the technical bits of the book. Regardless, the book definitely gave more context to the stories on the news and leaves one thinking of the value of data
  • (5/5)
    Words can't describe how this book made me feel while reading it. Written by a true patriot and hero. Thank you Mr. Snowden.
  • (5/5)
    Honest and competent, just like the author: Snowden's character comes across loud and clear through his writing. We all have blind spots, but I felt he managed to include the relevant parts of what happened in a way that as he described how he did what he did he was also explaining why, not in a defensive way (although in some portions you could still hear his disgust and anger in between the lines), but in an orderly and well written manner. He is a gifted and principled human being.
  • (5/5)
    The backstory of his life gives important context to the actions he took when disclosing the NSA surveillance program. Reads like a narrative but packed with information that you need to know. I was disappointed he didnt narrate it himself but the narrator did a great job.
  • (5/5)
    A great read, an eye opener or at least confirmation.
  • (5/5)
    excellent book about Ed’s experience and reasoning for doing what he did, regardless of how much you agree with his ultimate action