No Place to Hide
by Glenn Greenwald (2014)
This offering from Greenwald, an ex- Guardian journalist, sums up the hows, wheres, whats and whys of the infamous Edward Snowden case – and pulls no punches. Reading like a premise straight out of an Orwellian nightmare ( 1984 anyone?) Greenwald charts the young whistleblower’s lifting the lid off mass surveillance programs run by the USA’s National Security Agency (NSA) and other government agencies that spared no one and nothing. Initial chapters read no less than your average spy thriller, rife with the nail-biting tension of Snowden fleeing to Hong Kong from spies and contacting Greenwald. But it’s also a nuanced, factual and journalistic outline of historically significant events that will have you devour the tome from cover to cover in one go.