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Permanent Record (Young Readers Edition)

How One Man Exposed the Truth about Government Spying and Digital Security

Edward Snowden

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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ISBN10: 1250767911
ISBN13: 9781250767912


256 Pages



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In 2013, Edward Snowden shocked the world when he revealed that the United States government was secretly building a system of mass surveillance with the ability to gaze into the private lives of every person on earth. Phone calls, text messages, emails—nothing was safe from prying eyes. Now the man who risked everything to expose the truth about government spying describes for a new generation how he helped build that system, what motivated him to try to bring it down, and how young people can strive to protect their privacy in the digital age.


Praise for Permanent Record (Young Readers Edition)

"Snowden's sprightly prose, his deep technical knowledge, his superb knack for explaining complex matters, his ability to articulate principled action all come together in a book that is, if anything, better than the adult version."—Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing

"An absorbing read about digital privacy and one man’s fateful choice to disclose government secrets."Kirkus Reviews

"A fascinating look behind the scenes of real-life espionage."School Library Journal

"Skillfully adapted from his best-selling adult book . . . fascinating."Booklist

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About the author

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and grew up in the shadow of Fort Meade, Maryland. A systems engineer by training, he served as an officer of the Central Intelligence Agency and worked as a contractor for the National Security Agency. He has received numerous awards for his public service, including the Right Livelihood Award, the German Whistleblower Prize, the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling, and the Carl von Ossietzky Medal from the International League for Human Rights. Currently, he serves as president of the board of directors of the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Lindsay Mills (c) 2018

Freedom of the Press Foundation