No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State
by Glenn Greenwald
Published: May 2014
Starts as a play-by-play of how Edward Snowden reached out to Glen Greenwald and all of the conversations leading up to the leak of classified documents, which is pretty fascinating in and of itself. We learn about Snowden’s background, his motivations, and get to watch the behind the scenes bureaucracy of a world-renowed newspaper. Then Greenwald thoroughly breaks down the main points behind the documents and how they all fit into the context of an unrestrained mass surveillance machine. It’s goddamn Orwellian. Greenwald also details the fallout from the leak, how corporate media demonizes whistleblowers and why subversion in journalism is so crucial to transparency.
4.5 out of 5 stars: The tone can be a bit dry at times, but I honestly think that was the less-than-ideal audio format (I needed something to listen to on walks!) because the narrator reads through each tedious part of the included documents including every “REL to USA, NO FORN” headers and every line of included tables.