Permanent Record is Edward Snowden’s retelling of his dramatic life and decision to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance—for which he was charged with three felonies. In this personal, engaging book, Snowden describes how he became one of the highest-profile intelligence leakers in history and details his life before and after he fled the country with a cache of highly classified documents. His candid, gripping story shows us how one person can make an enormous difference when their conscience demands it.
Edward Snowden is a modern-day hero. In 2013, Snowden leaked the enormous cache of top secret documents in history, revealing that the United States had been eavesdropping on millions of people worldwide—including its closest allies. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald helped break the story in The Guardian and subsequently wrote a book about Snowden’s experiences, No Place to Hide. Now Snowden has coauthored his book with award-winning author James Risen: Permanent Record: Edward Snowden and the Struggle for Freedom.
In this unique, one-of-a-kind biography, Edward Snowden reveals the story of his life. His narrative begins at a young age and explores his upbringing, his entry into the military, and his work in different intelligence agencies. Through it all, we see how he came to be the person who helped expose the US government’s mass surveillance system and paid the price for it.
About Permanent Record Book
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.