Publication Date: August 25, 2015

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As many as 1.4 million citizens with security clearance saw some or all of the same documents revealed by NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Why did he, and no one else, decide to step forward and take on the risks associated with becoming a whistleblower and then a fugitive? Rall’s all-comic, full-color biography delves into Snowden’s early life and work experience, his personality, and the larger issues of privacy, surveys the new surveillance technologies being deployed against the American people, and the recent history of government intrusion. Rall describes Snowden’s political vision and hopes for the future. The book tells two stories: Snowden’s and a larger one that describes all of us on the threshold of tremendous technological upheaval and political change.

Snowden is a portrait of a brave young man standing up to the most powerful government in the world and, if not winning, at least reaching a stand-off, and in this way is an incitation to us all to measure our courage and listen to our consciences in asking ourselves what we might have done in his shoes.

Current Events/Biography, 2015
Seven Stories Press Paperback, 5″x7″, 224 pp., $16.95

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  • «Why did he [Edward Joseph Snowden], and no one else, decide to step forward and take on the risks associated with becoming a whistleblower and then a fugitive?» Not to disparage the tremendous work that Mr Snowden has done for us all and the tremendous courage he showed in doing it, but it should be remembered that he was not the only, or indeed, the first, NSA whistle blower, something he readily acknowledges. Indeed, the choices he made were adirectly influenced by what earlier NSA whistleblowers like William Edward Binney, Thomas Andrews Drake, J. Kirk Wiebe, and Edward Loomis suffered after revealing the agency’ crimes. Even Diane Roark, who, while not employed by the NSA, worked at the US House Intelligence Committee and held the NSA account for the Republican majority, should be included in this group….


  • Not only do I reference the other NSA whistleblowers, “Snowden” includes my interview with Thomas Drake.

    • That’s good to hear, Ted ! That wasn’t quite the impression I got from reading the sentence I cited in my comment of 21 May, but I’m very happy to stand corrected. It sort of lessens the odds, when we realise that even others had previously been willing to take on the task and bear the burden that Mr Snowden chose, despite seeing what they had suffered, to take on his own shoulders….


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