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How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft (edition 2017)

by Edward Jay Epstein (Author)

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Title:How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft
Authors:Edward Jay Epstein (Author)
Info:Knopf (2017), Edition: First Edition (stated), First Printing, 368 pages
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Choosing to read this book makes is based on a fundamental question - is Edward Snowden a hero? Most people in the United States have an opinion of Snowden and my guess is that very few people who think he is a hero will be interested in reading this book. Epstein does a very thorough job of describing Snowden's background and then walking through the hours between when Snowden left Honolulu and when he exited the airport in Moscow. Epstein's reporting does an excellent job of asking some basic questions such as why did Snowden take so many documents and how did he as a contractor get access to such high level documents? The book often treads over the same ground and repeatedly makes the same point in different chapters but overall presents a clear and succinct argument that Snowden may not have had the best of intentions. Overall an enjoyable book which made me question my true opinion of Edward Snowden. ( )
  pbirch01 | Oct 20, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451494563, Hardcover)

A groundbreaking exposé that convincingly challenges the popular image of Edward Snowden as hacker turned avenging angel, while revealing how vulnerable our national security systems have become--as exciting as any political thriller, and far more important.

After details of American government surveillance were published in 2013, Edward Snowden, formerly a subcontracted IT analyst for the NSA, became the center of an international controversy: Was he a hero, traitor, whistle-blower, spy? Was his theft legitimized by the nature of the information he exposed? When is it necessary for governmental transparency to give way to subterfuge? Edward Jay Epstein brings a lifetime of journalistic and investigative acumen to bear on these and other questions, delving into both how our secrets were taken and the man who took them. He makes clear that by outsourcing parts of our security apparatus, the government has made classified information far more vulnerable; how Snowden sought employment precisely where he could most easily gain access to the most sensitive classified material; and how, though he claims to have acted to serve his country, Snowden is treated as a prized intelligence asset in Moscow, his new home.

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