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  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan US (13 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1627791612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1627791618
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.6 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 337,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Pulitzer in the bag, Hollywood knocking on the door and a newfound status as one of the world's most celebrated journalists, Greenwald has pursued the [Snowden] story with passion. Gripping: Jason Bourne meets The Social Network

(Financial Times)

To put it simply, Greenwald has had one hell of a dizzying run, at the white-hot centre of the media universe as the most reliable source for NSA surveillance scoops (GQ)

Compelling, powerful, shocking, important (Observer)

The inside account. Action-packed, engrossing and polemical (Daily Telegraph)

The first thing I do when I turn on the computer in the morning is go to Glenn Greenwald's blog. He is truly one of our greatest writers right now (Michael Moore)

The most important voice to have entered the political discourse in years (Bill Moyers)

Persuasive, thrilling and necessary (Globe and Mail)

Impassioned (The New York Times)

Pulse-pounding (Wired)

In Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden found a perfect match. If you want to get a handle on what was at stake when Snowden downloaded the government's most precious secrets onto a thumb drive, this book is your primer (Slate)

Rings with authority (Chicago Tribune)

The story of Edward Snowden is remarkable. Has all the makings of a thriller. Greenwald provides an excellent overview, putting the pieces together in a way that daily journalism cannot (Economist)

At times, this account by Greenwald of how he landed one of the biggest scoops of the century feels like it has come straight out of the pages of a Robert Ludlum thriller (Sunday Times)

Spectacular. Dedicated, fearless journalism (Spiegel (Germany))

Between a spy thriller and analysis . . . an impassioned book (Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany))

Rewarding. Some passages read like a Tom Clancy CIA thriller (General Anzeiger (Germany))

An indispensable book for anyone who cares about the future of privacy, not just in the United States but throughout the world (National Post (Canada))

Gripping. Not only does [No Place to Hide] confirm what many have suspected - that surveillance is happening - but it also makes clear that it's happening on an almost unimaginably vast scale (Guardian)

A powerful and persuasive case for the duty to defend our fast-disappearing privacy (Naomi Klein Guardian (Books of the Year)) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Glenn Greenwald is the author of several US bestsellers, including How Would A Patriot Act?, and A Tragic Legacy . Acclaimed as one of the twenty-five most influential political commentators by The Atlantic, Greenwald is a former constitutional law and civil rights attorney. He has been a columnist for the Guardian since August 2012 and his work has appeared in numerous newspapers and political news magazines, including The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Charles TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 May 2014
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This book is about the current scandal involving the NSA's (National Security Agency, American government agency that spies on communications ) mass spying on the global communications (phone and computer) of the entire world. It is written by journalist Gleen Greenwald who was leaked many documents about what was going on by NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The fact the NSA is spying on global communications is not anything new, it's the size, scope and illegal nature of the spying that is causing the scandal, for example they were tracking every phone call made by users of AT&T (without needing to get a warrant) and were intercepting routers been sent abroad to put spying devices on them.

This book follows Glenn's first meeting with Edward Snowden, basic information about what is in the documents, the release of the documents, the response to the leaking and what this means politically and philosophically.

It is interesting to read about how the media handle the revealing of government secrets.
"Worse, I knew that the Post would dutifully abide by the unwritten protective rules that govern how the establishment media report on official secrets. According to these rules, which allow the government to control disclosures and minimize, even neuter, their impact, editors first go to officials and advise them what they intend to publish. National security officials then tell the editors all the ways in which national security will supposedly be damaged by the disclosures. A protracted negotiation takes place over what will and will not be published. At best, substantial delay results. Often, patently newsworthy information is suppressed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jippu on 20 May 2014
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This is, as the title says, a book about Edward Snowden and the surveillance state in the US. The first part tells the story how Snowden got through to Greenwald (and Laura Poitras) and how he succeeded in getting the NSA papers published in the Guardian against heavy odds. In Greenwald's view, this was done by Snowden in a very rational and effective way, where he wanted to maximize the effect of the NSA's activities, not his own person. The only hitch in the plan was that Snowden got stuck in Russia instead of South America where he would have liked to go. After this, highly gripping and interesting part (but mostly already known) Greenwald immerses in the activities of the NSA and the role of the Obama administration in advancing surveillance in the US. The main impact of the Snowden leaks is surely that we know now in which ways the United States is following its own citizens and foreigners who are in some ways in contact with the US (as most of us who use internet, are). But the most disturbing thing is that the NSA program which was started in long ago and which got a big boost from the 9/11 attacks, has been actively and and enthusiastically been pursued by the Obama administration, which was supposed to be curbing these activities. Even the revelations have done nothing to restrain the US mass spying programs. Greenwald describes the recent activities to justify the spying and the possible consequences of mass spying. The final part of the book is the one not mentioned in the title and which probably accounts for the relative silence about the book in the media, at least in the media most directly criticized by Greenwald.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 May 2014
Format: Hardcover
‘No Place to Hide’ written by Glenn Greenwald brings a story of Edward Snowden government spying revelations, book that can be read as an exciting fiction although it is actually a surprising and sometimes shocking faction.

In his book, Glenn Greenwald manages to deliver an unbelievable story about one NSA insider who decided to tell the story to the world that made him the most wanted fugitive and his life a living hell, while the whole world was warned of the complete lack of privacy in time we are living in.

On the book pages the complete story can be found which started from Greenwald initial contact with someone hidden under the secret name Cincinnatus which was Snowden alias back then, author’s coming to Hong Kong and all that happened after which is more or less already known.

It was very interesting to learn how the whole NSA story could despite their contact remain concealed but due the Snowden insistence and his motivation to disclose the information Greenwald wrote them which in the end resulted in highly classified information to be disclosed.

The author provided many details about Snowden thinking and his full awareness what will be the consequences of his actions when this story became known to whole world. Also from the book is completely clear that everything what Snowden did was precisely planned, that at no time he has not succumbed to the pressures but the whole operation was performed exactly as he studiously planned it.
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