This is a brilliantly lucid and careful analysis of the Edward Snowden case, and makes many points I wish had been given greater prominence in the debate so far. Among them is Lucas' observation that the context for Snowden's documents has often been lacking - Der Spiegel or another publication trumpets a sensational, shocking revelation based on a handful of slides, but as readers we have no way of knowing whether the programs in question are ongoing, were indeed ever put into place in some cases, who the audience for the slides were, if they raised objections to the presentation, what the slides before and after said, what other discussions were held on the issue, and so on.
Hardcore Snowden supporters will either ignore this uncomfortable book or attack it for being a hit-piece by a lackey of the surveillance state or somesuch. But if you're in any way on the fence or have a rather more open mind than Glenn Greenwald and Jacob Appelbaum's most ardent supporters, I highly recommend you read this. It may change the way you view the situation. And the conclusion shows that Lucas is very far from being an advocate for the surveillance state. In fact, I'd say that, whatever your views on Edward Snowden and the NSA, if you're at all interested in the subject this short ebook is a must-read.