This is an excellent, eye-popping, jaw-dropping and masterfully-written book. Edward Lucas is in a league of his own as a writer on cyber-security issues. The book is filled with fascinating examples and thoughtful analyses. It's the sort of idea-driven work that stays with you long after you put it down, as the extent of the issues he raises -- the vulnerability and opportunities for intelligence due to new technologies -- comes to life on the page. I worked with Edward for years at The Economist, where he had a magical ability to write with depth and wit. He recreated that here. And the book's best attribute? How concise it is, at a racy 60 pages.
Well written book. Our privacy isn't just a commodity, technology enables it to catch hostile actors quickly. The book seems to suggest countries willing to undercut democratic safeguards will have the edge over human intelligence from countries that do respect your civil liberties. I'm not persuaded but the argument is written in a compelling way