Permanent Record Review

E-Book, 339 Pages
Non-Fiction/ Autobiography/ Technology
By: Edward Snowden

โ€œUltimately, saying that you don’t care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different from saying you don’t care about freedom of speech because you have nothing to say.โ€

I came upon this book by chance and then I checked out the synopsis on GR and it sounded super intriguing. It is also very rare to find a book like this with such a high average rating, this currently has 36K ratings and an average rating of 4.3 and I can still say it deserves more recognition!

Among all the non-fiction books I read, I only gave 5 stars to another one which is “When Breath Becomes Air”. I know I am not the easiest reader to please but when it comes to non-fiction, I preserve this rating for those books that are eye-opening and life-changing and in all honesty, I felt Permanent Record was one of those books!

I can’t say much about the author because the book is his autobiography leading to his early adult life when he exposed the mass surveillance system! I think it is important to read all the book because those early chapter makes us see the author as a human and I liked how he showed that he is a human who is not perfect and he does both good and bad stuff. I was certainly not expecting it to be this well written for someone who is not a typical author and works in a completely different field!

There are few negative reviews with people saying Snowden is playing the victim and this book is self-serving! I guess if you say that after finishing this book then there is not much place to argue with you but I am glad that it has been received well in general! I guess my views changed a lot from when I was younger to the present day and this book only proved my current beliefs even more!

โ€œThe government should be afraid of the people, the people shouldn’t be afraid of the government.โ€

Summary: In all honesty, I think this is a book that should be read by every single person who uses the internet so if you are reading this review, then I highly recommend the book even if you were not the biggest fan of non-fiction. This was truly eye-opening and helpful and at the same time, it was very well written and engaging! A job well done from the author’s part!

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