“How America Lost Its Secrets – Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft” By Edward Jay Epstein 

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Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft
By: Edward Jay Epstein
Narrated by: Michael Bybee
Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
Release date: 01-17-17
Publisher: Random House Audio

Before I get into the book itself I have to first remark on the narrator. Yeah, I understand that the subject matter is full of a bunch of tech speak and politics and could be very boring, but I think the narrator could have put a little more emphasis in the reading. There were many times the voice would lull me to sleep. I was intrigued enough by the subject matter but the narrator needs to pick it up a bit.

Anyway, let’s talk about this book. The author does seem very biased against Snowden and is dead set on Snowden being a criminal pure and simple. Yeah he stole secrets. Yeah he took those secrets to countries of our enemies. So yes he is a criminal. But I really do think Snowden thought he was doing good. I think he was misled in his thinking or maybe even coerced into doing what he did.

To sum up this book the epilogue did it best. Snowden’s stealing of NSA Secrets has three categories: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly.

The Good is that he brought a possible renegade unhindered agency (NSA) out to the public, revealing the need for someone to watch the watchers, and exposed an intelligence hole that needed plugged.

The Bad is that he stole those secrets and exposed a lot of needed intelligence sources that caused breaches in the intel on terrorists.

The Ugly is that he stole secrets and brought them to countries that wish to rid us from the face of the Earth.

I did not enjoy the narrator, his voice kinda droned on an on at times, causing me to slip in and out of paying attention. However the material itself was interesting

Publisher’s Summary

A groundbreaking exposé 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 way to subterfuge?

Edward Jay Epstein brings a lifetime of journalistic and investigative acumen to bear on these and other questions, delving into both how our secrets were taken and the man who took them. He makes clear that by outsourcing parts of our security apparatus, the government has made classified information far more vulnerable; how Snowden sought employment precisely where he could most easily gain access to the most sensitive classified material; and how, though he claims to have acted to serve his country, Snowden is treated as a prized intelligence asset in Moscow, his new home.

©2017 Edward Jay Epstein (P)2017 Random House Audio