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4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone who uses the internet: ie everyone.
I bought two books on the Snowden affair to try and get different angles on the story. This one is very much pro-Snowden and anti-NSA/GCHQ while the other (by Edward Lucas) is really quite the opposite.

This was a well written account which raises many questions about the tapping activities of the UK and US governments and gives an insight into why Snowden...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read, perhaps a little too subjective.
It's a good book, well written and very enlightening. I must, however, point out that it does seem to come across as a bit subjective about Snowden, as hard as the author does seem to try to avoid this.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars frightening, 13 Mar. 2014
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A must for everyone that thinks we live in a free and just UK. Thank heaven for the Guardian Newspaper.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting, 18 Feb. 2015
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Excellent read. Eye opening story to the world "us brits" seem to ignore!
Slightly biased towards the media/snowden, be interesting to see if there's a book from the other side!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 19 Nov. 2014
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level headed and informative review of something i should have given more time to....
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5.0 out of 5 stars You're not paranoid, they are watching you., 10 Dec. 2014
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Wow. Just wow.

If you use communications technology, the NSA knows about it. That is, in a nutshell, what this book about the leaks by Ed Snowden concludes. Briefly chronicling the early career of the man and then his decision to leak huge quantities of documents to the press, and the massive fallout from that - including some scarily heavy-handed attempts by the British Government to quash the story - this book is difficult to put down.

Whatever Snowden's motives, the facts summarised in this book (which, it has to be said, is very much on Snowden's side) should light a fire under those among us who believed in the notion of personal privacy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 16 Mar. 2015
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I knew the story having watched a television program but the book adds some depth.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's a good read if you want to know the wider story behind the headline news., 19 Dec. 2014
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Well worth a read.....I'm not into reading books too much but this was good.
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "My editor is a saintly superman", 20 Feb. 2014
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A spectacularly badly written book, but probably still worth reading for some of the factual content. Contains several technical solecisms - and it seems that Tim Berners-Lee invented the Internet. Who knew? It is fascinating to see how deeply into the story the Guardian journos were willing to go without talking to anyone with any understanding of the technology except for Edward Snowden.
You may be interested to know about what trees are growing outside places where Edward Snowden went to school. The book is full of journalisticisms like that. Nobody can go to a restaurant without what they ate being mentioned. It is as if the author is intent on demonstrating research, even if it was just on Google Earth, or is it padding, or just an inability to distinguish which details matter? My bet would be on the last of these.
I look forward to further books on the story by writers with better understanding, more time, and a greater ability to write actual English. A shame - few stories are as important as this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 Dec. 2014
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An important and grippingly told story. If only it were fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars read like a thriller, 1 Jan. 2015
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Really interesting and well written, read like a thriller movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars bought as present, happily recieved, 8 July 2014
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This review is from: The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man (Paperback)
girlfriend loved it and bought another copy for her dad
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