As many as 1.4 million citizens with security clearance saw the documents revealed by 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? In the graphic biography, Snowden, Rall delves into his life, work experience and personality and the larger issues of privacy, new surveillance technologies and the recent history of government intrusion. It’s a portrait of a brave young man standing up to the most powerful government in the world.
This is definitely a book for older teens, and with the recent movie by Oliver Stone, there may be many adults who would be interested as well. This book clearly paints Snowden’s activities in a positive light. It is not something to be read for a balanced approach to the many complicated issues surrounding Snowden’s actions. However, the simplicity of the story does allow people who are not well-versed in the technology and issues surrounding Snowden’s activities to get a better idea of what he did and what he possibly knows. It is a great conversation starter and a nice companion piece to George Orwell’s 1984 which is referenced often in the book.