Rachael H.

The Snowden Files by Luke Harding tells the story of Edward Snowden, the famous whistleblower who leaked NSA documents revealing how the American government was unconstitutionally invading the privacy of and spying on its own citizens along with other countries and foreign dignitaries.  This non-fiction espionage novel details the story of how Snowden pulled off what is considered one of the biggest leak in American intelligence history.  It mixes facts with human interest and is the basis for the 2016 movie Snowden.  I personally enjoyed the book, as the author not only focuses on the leaks themselves but also the people involved and the impact the story had on their lives.  Those who enjoy current events and news stories will enjoy the book, as well as anyone interested in the NSA leak and learning the extent of government authority, which was greatly increased after the events of 9/11 under the Patriot Act.  The author portrays contrasting opinions without criticizing Snowden and making him a relatable protagonist, explaining the motive behind the man.  While the book does have some dense, heavily information centered chapters, it is overall an excellent read.