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How America Lost Its Secrets
Title : How America Lost Its Secrets
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ISBN : 9780451494566
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 355

A groundbreaking expose that convincingly challenges the popular image of Edward Snowden as hacker turned avenging angel, while revealing how vulnerable our national security systems have become--as exciting as any political thriller, and far more important. After details of American government surveillance were published in 2013, Edward Snowden, formerly a subcontracted IA groundbreaking expose that convincingly challenges the popular image of Edward Snowden as hacker turned avenging angel, while revealing how vulnerable our national security systems have become--as exciting as any political thriller, and far more important. After details of American government surveillance were published in 2013, Edward Snowden, formerly a subcontracted IT analyst for the NSA, became the center of an international controversy: Was he a hero, traitor, whistle-blower, spy? Was his theft legitimized by the nature of the information he exposed? When is it necessary for governmental transparency to give w


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How America Lost Its Secrets Reviews

  • Bettie☯

    How Edward Snowden changed historyBlurb:THE effects of Edward Snowden’s heist of secrets from America’s National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013 can be divided into the good, the bad and the ugly, writes Edward Jay Epstein in a meticulous and devastating account of the worst intelligence disaster in the country’s history, “How America Lost Its Secrets”.

  • Sarah

    The first few chapters definitely read like someone who has never had experience with the gaming community or the "computer geek" community wrote it through the lens of a grandfather who is very angry at libertarians and is ranting. BUT stick with it, after you slog through the obvious character-sabotaging portrayals of both Snowden and his girlfriend (albeit some of it is probably not far-off the mark in terms of narcissism, idealism, and the desire to make a mark) you will find a thoroughly in [...]

  • Sofia

    As an investigative journalist, I was expecting the author to give me the facts in an engaging but generally unbiased way. Or, if he was going to try to prove a point (i.e. Snowden is a traitor and not a whistle blower) and then back it up with information, I would have accepted that as well. Instead, the author never tells you his intentions and in lieu of doing his job as an investigative reporter, attacks people's characters rather than their actions. He essentially calls Lindsay Mills a slut [...]

  • Alex Yard

    Full Fancy Well-Written Award Eligible Version of this review available on RunSpotRun, for which I received an ARC of this book.Very engaging read, worthwhile questions asked, but the author presents his answers/theories with dubious logical techniques and petty, smug character assassination smears that only highlight the far-fetchedness of his claims.

  • Paul D.Miller

    I'm aware that critics have cast doubt on one of Epstein's claims (about Snowden's whereabouts during his first days in Hong Kong). But that claim isn't central to Epstein's thesis: that Snowden, in fact though (apparently) not in intention, was and is an espionage source for Russia and China. This thesis is virtually indisputable, and is a major corrective to the received narrative about Snowden as a "whistle blower." That latter label, of course, is what Snowden wants us to believe, and he has [...]

  • Jonathan Jesse

    It may change how you feel about SnowdenI never bought into the fake narrative that Mr Snowden was just a whistle blower and this book reinforced this view. What I didn't know is how many secrets he stole that didn't pertain to whistle blowing. I also didn't know Mr Snowdens full background like this book provides.I wish could let me rate things by half stars as I would've given this 4.5 stars and not just 5. The author repeats himself and also seems to wander a bit, however the point is made.I [...]

  • Burt Schoeppe

    A detailed and well-researched look at Edward Snowden's crimes. Gives insights into Snowden's motivations and how his claims don't fit up to the reality of his crimes.Snowden took far more material than was required just to be a whistle blower. Much of the material he took hurt U.S. intelligence gathering and lead to the deaths of innocent people.

  • Nancy Seamons

    A very well written account of how Snowden took classified government documents and gave them to the country's enemies, while pretending to be a concerned US citizen. Guaranteed to open your eyes to real damage Snowden has done to our country and how he has drastically hindered the fight against terrorism.

  • Ran

    So I wanted to know more about Edward Snowden's hack of the NSA, how he did it, and what position that leaves the United States intelligence community in the wake of said discovery. This book does accomplish all those fronts. But I found myself way more fascinated by author Edward Jay Epstein by the end of this work. I will say that speculation and espionage, oral evidence, and other measures used in this book (and many books like it) I struggle with because a) I am a "trained" historian with [...]

  • phoenix

    You should read this book for the facts in it, not for the author's very judgemental interpretations & simplistic assumptions because they are clearly biased by the view he wants to prove. Right from the onset Epstein insinuates guilt and crime. His stance is not neutral, and he repeatedly tries to shove his view down your throat. This irritated me a lot.Throughout the book this attitude is very annoying, particularly his lack of thoroughness in his critical statements. For example, he limit [...]

  • Dave

    This is not going to be the definitive book on Edward Snowden, but it is a timely release that helps to dispel a lot of the media created myths regarding Snowden. The myths pertain to Snowden being seen as a whistleblower who only cared about transparency, and put his own well-being at risk to give the world this information. The reality of what Snowden actually did compared to the myth is deeply concerning. Epstein does a wonderful job of parsing out everything Snowden said, and then comparing [...]

  • Ron

    "How America lost its secrets" by Edward Epstein. Is covers the history of how Ed Snowden gained access and stole over a million pages of secrets from the NSA. A large number of them were Level 3 documents which is the most secret and cover how the NSA gained intelligence in Russia, N. Korea, Iran and China.I'm about 3/4 through the book but one thing is clear is that Snowden, while claiming to be a whistle blower (which has a bit of truth), became the biggest US spy for Russia, in history. Of c [...]

  • Esther Bradley-detally

    I held a conflicted view re Snowden, and oftentimes wondered if he had done us a favor. After reading Edward Jay Epstein's How American Lost Its Secrets, which is excellently researched, I fear Mr. Snowden not a pure altruistic soul as he represented. He took other documents that had nothing to do with his original expose. I find the man written about in these pages to be duplicitous, and that is quite sad. Yes, the world abounds with these types, but they don't always get away with deceitfulnes [...]

  • Dave

    This reads like a spy novel. A lot of interesting insights as to how the intelligence services operate and an overview of the damage caused by Ed Snowden. I didn't believe he was a "hero" before I read this book and I still feel the same. His supporters will call this "fake news" but if your not sure, read this book and decide for your self.

  • Cynthia

    Edward Snowden is a traitor.

  • Brett

    Sources and methods. Punctures the idea that Snowden is a "hero"

  • Annaliese

    As school comes to a close, I decided to kick off summer with a pretty heavy read. My contemporary issues class has been debating government intrusion and the internet for the past couple of weeks, and after we finished up the unit by watching a documentary on privacy, I decided to do a bit more research into the topic. As a teenager and a millennial (supposedly I am one--the range goes up to 2004), I've never really worried about government "intrusion" into my privacy. We're the technology fill [...]

  • Mike Smith

    In June 2013, a computer system administrator named Edward Snowden leaked classified documents to several media outlets showing that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) had been spying on Americans' phone calls and e-mails, when by law the NSA was supposed to spy only on non-Americans. Snowden, who was a contractor working for the NSA in Hawaii, had made copies of thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands, of classified documents from NSA computers and taken them to Hong Kong. He claimed to [...]

  • Shannon

    This was an excellent compilation of facts and gives educated and informed options to fill in the unknowns. You can decide on your own what you think happened but you are presented with the information that is known and unknown. The technical information is presented in a consumable manner and is not overwhelming or confusing. I found this fascinating. While it isn't the end all be all for what happened, I really enjoyed it. This inspires me to read more about the Snowden case and get more infor [...]

  • Phil Sageser

    There are no secrets. The NSA could not keep its secrets hidden from Edward Snowden and any of us are foolish if we expect that even the most trivial of information about us can be hidden from the determined investigator. The only thing that protects most of our secrets from discovery is that those secrets are of little interest to anyone else. Snowden has presented himself to the world as a hero for revealing how our own government has been spying on us and this is true, but it is hardly surpri [...]

  • Amy

    Documented interviews with those involved and research that is clear - Snowden was a high school drop out who wanted to be important but wasn’t persistent or hard working enough to get that for himself. An easy target for our adversaries in espionage. I don’t doubt the likelihood of “deep state activities” from time to time in our country and others. Anything involving people and power has that temptation. People that deny the facts because they want a hero on a pedestal as their proof o [...]

  • Joshua Taylor

    This is a very interesting look at the Snowden leaks that takes a nuanced view of the event and provides a clear-headed and thorough analysis of the situation leading up to the leak, the leak itself, and the methods and motivations associated with the event. I found myself very much in line with the author's final conclusion - while there was a great deal of good that came from Snowden's disclosures, he appears to have deliberately gone far beyond what he needed to do to be an effective whistleb [...]

  • John Lathers

    Unfortunately, my liking of this book as a carefully researched and exceptionally well-written examination of the actions of Edward Snowden is somewhat colored by my profoundly agreeing with the conclusions of the author regarding Snowden's motivations and intentions. I highly recommend for anyone interested in maintaining individual rights and privacy in a digital world, combating terrorism, or learning more about intelligence matters and is willing to approach this historic incident and consid [...]

  • David Sheets

    A well written look at what happens when we let immature misanthropes get close to the nation's secrets. Edward Snowden is hailed by millions as a hero, but this book paints a disturbing picture of an impertinent child who leaked top secret information for the sake of fame and the porous intelligence network that allowed him to do it. If this book is even half true, it's a wonder we have any secrets left at all.

  • Susan

    Edward Snowden's background and how he possibly pulled off his espionage mission were very interesting. Initially, I felt that what Snowden did was for the benefit of the public; however, after reading this book, I am more upset with how he schemed and pulled all this off. I was surprised that the author expressed his views in the book. Of course, he wrote the book mirroring these views, which probably affected my opinion of Snowden. The book was a worthwhile read.

  • Sarah

    a bit slow at times but I walked away feeling more informed than I was prior to reading it. two things I learned: we are NOT secure and he is no American hero. Based on this book, he is not just a whistleblower but more than likely a self righteous narcissist who thought himself more clever than he really is.

  • Blaine Morrow

    Epstein recounts the crimes committed by Edward Snowden, providing evidence along with conjecture. Though the case is slanted, there's enough here to make even die-hard "Information should be free" supporters reason to question the motivations and influences that led a 29-year-old hacker to betray his employer and defect to Russia.

  • Peter Baranovsky

    A very well-research book about Snowden's defection and subsequent cooperation with one of the most evil and murderous totalitarian regimes in the world - which is being bizarrely ignored by Snowden's supporters. In other words, do your research before putting someone on a pedestal. Mr. Epstein's book will help you greatly in that.

  • Steven

    Lots and lots of supposition built in to a reasonably consistent story. It did change my view of Snowden a bit but I can imagine other reasonably consistent stories for the facts we have. Some of the statements quoted in the book could support the exact opposite story. In the end you're still going to have to make up your own mind.

  • Amanda

    I hated this book. I don't know if it's just not my favorite topic or if it's truly as awful as I felt it was but I was insanely bored and dreaded reading it everyday. But I've got a good reads challenge to catch up on so I couldn't give up on it or I TOTALLY WOULD HAVE!