Book Forty Eight 2014:
No Place To Hide by Glenn Greenwald
I’m going to keep this one simple. It’s the story of former defence contractor Edward Snowden, his making contact with Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald and the boggling string of revelations that followed about the NSA’s PRISM program and just how far the tendrils of the American government security apparatus reaches into all of our e-mails, chats, calls and activity online.
The first 2/3 of the book or so are the story (told with utter realism but reading like a thriller), the last part a piece on the overall implications of what was revealed, how authorities in the U.S. tried to cover it up and trivialise it and why we should care so much that they did.
A book that everyone who ever uses the internet should read, and then get angry about.