No Place To Hide (Review)

I’ve been patiently waiting for the release of Glenn Greenwald’s new book and its appearance in the public library.  So, I was quite pleased to see it on the day after its release, parked on one of the shelves in the new books section of the Norfolk (NE)Greenwald-bookjacket Public Library. I finally sat down to read  No Place To Hide on Friday and after a few urgent interruptions, finished it yesterday afternoon.

I’ve already read and reviewed The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man, by Luke Harding.  That only primed my curiosity and eagerness for the Greenwald book.  I was not disappointed at all.  All of the no-nonsense, no punches pulled, journalistic reporting we’ve come to expect from Glenn Greenwald was fully evident.

About one year ago, Mr. Greenwald flew to Hong Kong to meet and interview the anonymous source who claimed to possess thousands of revealing, classified documents about government spying and corporate collusion that the source believed needed to be made public.

As the World found out, the source turned out to be NSA contractor Edward Snowden.  The fierce national and international debate the release of the documents triggered will be argued about for quite awhile.  The revelation of Snowden’s identity has exploded into its own controversy.


In his new book, Greenwald gives the reader his rundown of the events and their implications.  The detailed reporting includes new information about the U.S. National Security Administration’s blanket abuses of power in their efforts to completely eliminate privacy at home and abroad.

Greenwald has brought out new revelations and what this all means in regards to how little privacy you and I have from the government and the major corporations. It turns out, there is very little that is not known about our private affairs.  That includes every single one of us.

What I especially appreciated was the inclusion of several illustrated examples of top secret documents, memos,  and “Power Point” slides.  The illustrations were redacted by the author and editors to protect individuals and national security.  The pictures, alone, are worth the purchase price of this book.

I was certainly not disappointed to read Greenwald’s scathing words about the collaborators in the mainstream media.  He had nothing good to say about the Greenwald-portraitenabling role that the major news outlets play in glorifying and amplifying the national paradigm as presented by Washington officialdom.  Greenwald lambasts the media’s near lack of adversarial, truthful reporting on the government. Greenwald takes to task the corporate owned media’s gross failures to serve the interests of American citizens. News stories via official press release/press conference/rubber stamp rewrites get the thumbs down.

Regardless of your personal political persuasion, you will find Glenn Greenwald’s book eye opening and cogent.  No Place To Hide is a “must-read”, primer that contributes to understanding of the Orwellian U.S. surveillance bureaucracy.  I’d write more details, but I don’t wish to play spoiler.

{ No Place To Hide by Glenn Greenwald; ISBN-13:978-1-62779-073-4 ; Publisher: Metropolitan Books (Holt, Henry & Company,Inc.); 272 pages; Publication date: 5/13/2014 }


moi1986bThe Blue Jay of Happiness gives this book his top rating.  Whether your politics drift to the right, steer left, or go somewhere in between, you will find this book valuable.

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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