Permanent Record

Edward Snowden

I have enjoyed reading Permanent Record even though the occasional cringe computer metaphors. It is nicely written and full of details nobody was supposed to hear (who doesn't like that). However, I do not think it is a light reading even though its accessible prose. At least for me. I have finished this book with bad taste in my mouth. Not because this book is bad in any way—for the exact opposite.

"America was born from an act of treason. The Declaration of Independence was an outrageous violation of the laws of England and yet the fullest expression of what the Founders called the “Laws of Nature,” among which was the right to defy the powers of the day and rebel on point of principle, according to the dictates of one’s conscience."

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