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No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State | [Glenn Greenwald]

No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State

In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security....
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In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security and information privacy. As the arguments rage on and the government considers various proposals for reform, it is clear that we have yet to see the full impact of Snowden’s disclosures.

Now for the first time, Greenwald fits all the pieces together, recounting his high-intensity 10-day trip to Hong Kong, examining the broader implications of the surveillance detailed in his reporting for The Guardian, and revealing fresh information on the NSA’s unprecedented abuse of power with never-before-seen documents entrusted to him by Snowden himself. Going beyond NSA specifics, Greenwald also takes on the establishment media, excoriating their habitual avoidance of adversarial reporting on the government and their failure to serve the interests of the people. Finally, he asks what it means both for individuals and for a nation’s political health when a government pries so invasively into the private lives of its citizens - and considers what safeguards and forms of oversight are necessary to protect democracy in the digital age.

Coming at a landmark moment in American history, No Place to Hide is a fearless, incisive, and essential contribution to our understanding of the U.S. surveillance state.

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©2014 Glenn Greenwald (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Dean Charlottesville, VA, United States 08-25-14
    Dean Charlottesville, VA, United States 08-25-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Excellent! Engaging, thoughtful, and illuminating"

    This is a very well-written book, that works well as an audiobook as well because of its fast pace and engaging material. I followed the NSA revelations closely, but this book gives more depth and context. It's as much a book about the fragile state of journalism as it is about the pervasiveness of surveillance. A no-brainer for a download, and one of the five-star audiobooks that also justify a print version in my home library.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Tommi Joentakanen 09-01-14
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    "Exhilarating, infuriating, cannot stop listening"
    Would you consider the audio edition of No Place to Hide to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Mr. Greenwald and Mr. Ganser have perfectly captured how unreal the experience of meeting Snowden felt. It really feels like you're listening to a fictional spy story and when it's all true it sends shivers through your spine.


    Have you listened to any of L. J. Ganser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not. This one was excellent though.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I have been aware of these type of things being done by the NSA for some years now and when the Snowden revelations started to surface in the mainstream media I felt relieved and vindicated. Now that I listen to this audiobook I just feel excited about the story and angry and frustrated about the details.


    Any additional comments?

    Better reserve some time because this audiobook won't let you go for hours.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Justin 08-19-14
    Justin 08-19-14
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    "powerful"
    What did you love best about No Place to Hide?

    Informative. Makes you want to live off the grid.


    What does L. J. Ganser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Smooth narration


    Any additional comments?

    "In questions of power then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution." 
    -Thomas Jefferson

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    John Chamblee, GA, United States 09-07-14
    John Chamblee, GA, United States 09-07-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm a lawyer and mediator. I represent businesses in disputes with their insurers and in other complex litigation. I also assist machinery companies and manufacturers (primarily international) with equipment sales, non-disclosure agreements, and business issues. I also mediate commercial disputes.

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    "Agree or Disagree, Everyone Should Read This"

    This book begins like a mystery novel and expands into a wide ranging expose of the NSA documents disclosed by Edward Snowden. It then concludes with an expansive analysis and critique of the NSA, government officials, and, especially, the mainstream media.

    I began this book with few preconceptions where it would lead. I was highly disturbed by revelations regarding the NSA, but also cognizant of the real danger posed by terrorism.

    One thing that comes through from the outset is Snowden's sincere belief in what he did and his courage. As Greenwald points out repeatedly, Snowden made no effort to conceal his involvement and knew that doing so would almost certainly ruin his previously comfortable life.

    The revelations regarding the NSA and the prior deception regarding the scope of its program--and the rather complete lack of meaningful oversight--are highly disturbing. Why does the NSA believe it needs to "collect everything" instead of using a targeted approach focusing on likely sources of danger?

    Greenwald is at his best in making the case against mass surveillance. As he points out persuasively, people modify their behavior just by the threat of surveillance, and mass surveillance is the antithesis of a free society as history should have already taught us time and again.

    Greenwald also makes impressive indictments against politicians who regularly and reflexively defend surveillance no matter how absurdly broad and unfocused it may be. And the Constitution gets lost in the wringer of life inside the Beltway.

    Greenwald also swings for the fences and delivers in his indictment of the mainstream media. The mainstream media consist of lapdogs, pliantly doing the bidding of politicians. As Greenwald points out, the Obama Administration has not only carried on the Bush era programs, but has expanded them, with rarely an eyebrow raised in the media, especially a fawning media that (until recently at least) was willing to swallow and parrot whatever drivel the Administration chose to peddle.

    Greenwald gets off target, in my judgment, in criticizing the NSA for studying the economic interests of foreign nations and industries in foreign nations. Of course the NSA (and the State Department) need to be fully aware of the such interests, as they often define policy interests and drive foreign policy decisions. This is far different than spying on all Americans.

    Greenwald also, in my judgment, loses momentum in minimizing the threat posed by terrorism, particularly violent Islamic terrorism. While it may be true that a person (at least to date) is more likely to die of a lightning strike than in a terrorist attack, Greenwald ignores the damage that, for example, the 9/11 attacks did to the U.S. economy and our way of life. The reality is that it made a big difference. Greenwald's argument also pales--if not seems somewhat naive--in light of ISIS and other powder kegs around the world.

    So perhaps Greenwald overstates in a few instances and gets off track in others. That does not detract from the importance of this book and the importance of what Snowden--with the help of Greenwald--revealed about what our government is doing to us.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Brian New Port Richey, FL, United States 10-27-14
    Brian New Port Richey, FL, United States 10-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A MUST Read!! Snowden a HERO!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've recommended this book to many! Can't put it down, Edward Snowden is no traitor, he is a People's Hero. Risking Life & Limb to expose what the Truth really is, and where the NSA is Secretly trying to pull! 'Collect Everything!" is the creed by the head of NSA, and it's not enemies, but Everyone world wide is being watched! True, and frightening.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The build-up by Greenwald going to Hong Kong, and finding out that the Truth was there, all 20,000+ pages!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of them- It's a cover to cover read!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Truth is Exposed. The Secret Ideations of the President(s) & N.S.A. to keep every American under control. No Safe Haven: NO WHERE TO HIDE!


    Any additional comments?

    A Great Adventure Story, but the Reality & Truth of it, will frighten every citizen world-wide! NEVER will listen to the Spin-meisters anymore!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Alfredo Ramirez State College, PA 11-22-14
    Alfredo Ramirez State College, PA 11-22-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Best Read in Print Format"
    What did you like best about No Place to Hide? What did you like least?

    I liked the inside look at the NSA revelations and feel that this is a great book, on the whole. However, the preponderance of NSA documents that are included, verbatim, in the text makes the audiobook suffer significantly. I don't know how many times I heard the phrase "REL to USA, NO FORN" or "TS/SCI". While I recognize that the documents themselves are an important part of the story Greenwald is telling, I think that such a format lends itself better to being read in print rather than having dozens and dozens of memos narrated to you.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The first third of the book wherein Greenwald describes initially meeting Snowden and the events that led up to the NSA revelations.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I think the narrator did a fine job and I was happy with his performance.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    K. Hanley 09-09-14
    K. Hanley 09-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Doesn't translate well to audiobook format."
    What did you like best about No Place to Hide? What did you like least?

    When he's not talking about the NSA, this is a book by Glenn Greenwald about Glenn Greenwald. It makes all the mentions of Mr. Snowden very interesting, as the juxtaposition between Mr. Greenwald writing about himself and his own flaws and Mr. Greenwald writing about Mr. Snowden creates an image of "Snowden as savior." I'm not saying this negatively, as I respect Mr. Snowden. This Snowden as savior theme kept running through my head while I was listening to the first chapter, and I am very curious if Mr. Greenwald's focus on himself amps the savior image.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I feel like this is sighted privilege, but much of the book doesn't seem to be written to be read out loud. The author starts backing up his claims with block quotes starting in the middle of chapter 2. These block quotes are full of acronyms and the way they are interspersed with the text break the flow of narration. It's something that I would happily have in front of me, but is pretty difficult to follow on your car stereo. That said, this is more of a problem with the text and the way it can be performed than the narrator himself.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Vivi N 13 Toronto, ON, Canada 09-04-14
    Vivi N 13 Toronto, ON, Canada 09-04-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Terrific"
    What made the experience of listening to No Place to Hide the most enjoyable?

    The clarity and focus of the writing and delivery was riveting. I learned a lot about the tactics that the US government can stoop to and the vigilance that citizens must exercise to maintain their privacy.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Randall 09-12-14
    Randall 09-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Starts strong, but slows down fast"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Got bogged down in the details


    Would you ever listen to anything by Glenn Greenwald again?

    maybe


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    he's ok


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I really liked the idea of the story. It was very compelling to read the why and how about Edward Snowden.


    Any additional comments?

    This book started out strong. Obviously the author has his agenda, and he does not shy away from that. It was intriguing and insightful, but then it ran into so many details, especially as the narrator would read samples of the leaked documents. The redeeming thing was that I bought the book to listen to on a long flight, and I was literally put to sleep during that phase of the book. So, that was nice.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 04-11-15
    Mark 04-11-15 Member Since 2011

    I LOVE BOOKS! I have a service business (large salon). 'What are you reading' is heard all day everyday.

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    "Snowden's alright - the story isn't over yet."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Greenwald spends a majority of first portion of the book admitting his lack of technical prowess, his unwillingness to embrace (Snowden’s) constant prodding to use encrypted forms of communication, etc. He discounts himself in this manner throughout, thus undermining his side of this story. There’s quite a bite of unnecessary drama (insisting on publishing under my deadlines, my terms) throughout. Greenwald must have insisted that this be published ‘AS IS’ without a professional editors consultation.
    "Who do I think would enjoy this book" - Any other narcissistic 'reporter'.


    What was most disappointing about Glenn Greenwald’s story?

    Very self indulgent. While toting the 'Snowden wanted to make certain this wasn't about Snowden...it's about abuses'... the author could have followed that mantra. Is this about Greenwald and his 'scoop' or is it about exposing abuses.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nope...


    Any additional comments?

    I'd picked this up with the intent of gaining knowledge about 'Snowden' and his adventures / misadventures. I'll keep looking. I'm interested in the ONGOING ramifications of Snowden's willingness and ability to 'blow the whistle'.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "A desperado's attempt to create intrigue."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    As I listened (to the bitter end) I kept wishing that I indeed had some place to hide ... from this book, which drips with paranoia, megalomania and contempt. The author seems to have a desperate longing to imagine himself and his fellows as the heroes of an international intrigue. Many of hIs general and specific claims about The Authorities listening in on their every move (indeed he claims that The Authorities are always monitoring the activities of us all) are belied by many of the events that he describes occurring in the lead up to the publishing of materials leaked to him by Snowden. And all this is written in tedious detail with a "he said, she said"-style narrative to pad out the book. Snowden chose - and played - him, and his fellows, very well.


    What could Glenn Greenwald have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book probably should have been a magazine article or, at most, a book about 10 pages long, or about 10 minutes long in audible form, rather than the almost ten insufferably long hours that it is.
    Possibly the most annoying thing about the way the book was written is the exceedingly repetitive nature of the presentation of the material leaked by Snowden.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of L. J. Ganser?

    The performers voice, accent and tone were equally annoying, smug and melodramatic and, thus, well suited to the material.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    This is the second worse book I've read in at least a decade.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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