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- File Size: 2346 KB
- Print Length: 238 pages
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- Publisher: Paul Little Books; 1 edition (17 Nov. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0473267152
- ISBN-13: 978-0473267155
- ASIN: B00GR7AF46
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The Secret Life of Kim Dotcom: Spies, Lies and the War for the Internet Kindle Edition
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Kiwis will find it very interesting to read about how their government work.
However it also became clear to me that Dotcom found a "get rich fast -scheme" after the initial launch of Megaupload. Kim is a clever guy - there is no doubt in my mind he knew he was living off Hollywoods money. The question was rather; could he get away with it within the limits of the law. This is where the battle started. And what a battle! They say you should choose your enemies carefully - and Dotcom made quite a choice.
I actually don't think the book is well written. It seems to be leaning on existing interviews with Dotcom and on a massive note taking from court hearings - and I get the feeling the book was written in a hurry. There are some sentences that reappear in the book in multiple chapters and some misspellings that should have been avoided. I get annoyed - you may not be.
The book could have been great had it been Dotcom himself telling the story - like Bransons "Loosing my Virginity". Kim could add both humor and indignation. And the book is written too soon. I think as the case unfolds there will be much much more to add to the story.
Fisher is a senior reporter for the Auckland Herald, New Zealand, and he makes it clear that this is not an authorised biography. It is, however, based on many personal interviews with the subject, as well as extensive research.
The saga uncovers Kim’s early life (born Kim Schmitz) as a lonely child in Germany, his early forays into the internet, his extraordinary knowledge, his close friends and associates – all brilliant computer whizzes – the story of why he came to New Zealand and the police raids on his home on January 20 2012. It follows the subsequent court cases and fall out with politicians and people in high places.
Fisher has been accused of giving undue reverence to a criminal. Dotcom is a flawed character and he is shown here in many guises, both good and bad. I think Fisher has done a great job of trying to present the story as he sees it, and he has tried to depict all sides of the story.
It is a tale of much more than the life of one man. We have politicians, the New Zealand Government, the American FBI and more. It shows cracks in the systems, why the FBI were involved in the raids, and much, much more.
Our opinions are often shaped by the media and the outcome is a very shallow view of events. This book is trying to give a rounded story to fill in the gaps. If you are interested in knowing more about the workings of Governments and men in high places, reading this book might give you more than you bargained for.
A must read for anyone concerned as to the overreach of Government into the private lives of citizens.
And of the influence of the US in New Zealand politics.
Thank you Kim for everything, hate you FBI! BTW: a good book! Thank you!