Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State

Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State

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Dark Mirror is the ultimate inside account of the vast global surveillance network that now pervades all our lives.

Barton Gellman’s informant called himself ‘Verax’ - the truth-teller. It was only later that Verax unmasked himself as Edward Snowden. But Gellman’s primary role in bringing Snowden’s revelations to light, for which he shared the Pulitzer Prize, is only the beginning of this gripping real-life spy story. Snowden unlocked the door: here Gellman describes what he found on the other side over the course of a years-long journey of investigation. It is also the story of his own escalating battle against unknown digital adversaries after he discovered his own name on a file in the leaked document trove and realised that he himself was under attack.

Through a gripping narrative of paranoia, clandestine operations and jaw-dropping revelations, Dark Mirror delineates in full for the first time the hidden superstructure that connects government espionage with Silicon Valley. Who is spying on us and why? Here are the answers.

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Title:Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State
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  • Denise

    Seven years on from the beginning of Edward Snowden's disclosures, there's still plenty to be said on the subject and more light to be shed on the issues that led him to undertake them. Former Washing...

  • Eric_W

    As it happens, I just ran across an article pertinent to this book and review: https://www.lawfareblog.com/cyber-budget-shows-what-us-values%E2%80%94and-it-isnt-defenseIronically, Gellman was not the ...

  • Donna Hines

    "We have a very extensive capability of intercepting messages wherever they may be in the airwaves. Now, that is necessary and important to the United States as we look abroad at enemies or potential ...

  • Maureen

    Well-written account of the journalist's history with Snowden and his investigations of the NSA. Gellman offers simplified metaphors to explain complex technology and privacy issues. At times, the inf...

  • Steve

    Do you want to get the inside scoop on Edward Snowden?You have options, including Snowden's own memoir.But what's unique with Dark Mirror is that Gellman's investigative journalism experience gives hi...

  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)

    Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State by Barton Gellman is a very highly recommended account of Edward Snowden's 2013 leak of National Security Agency (NSA) files and the in...

  • Ben

    359 pages, but very readable. Currently the only book which combines into a single narrative comprehensive information about Snowden's history/biography, summaries of (most of) the leaked NSA document...

  • Mona

    This is a book more about journalism and journalistic approach to controversial topic, then Snowden's case per se.If you have read Snowden memoire and followed events on US news, you may be satisfied ...

  • Jason Braun

    Imagine if your government could type your name or your email address into a computer and see everything you ever posted online, every call you made, all of the people connected to you, their details....

  • Jolynn

    I am amazed by the bravery, fortitude, inventiveness and insight of so many journalists - and appreciative of the risks they take to bring people together with information. This was a great read. Even...