- The Secret History of Surveillance, Hacking, and Digital Espionage
- Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
- Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 07-05-16
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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As the digital era becomes increasingly pervasive, the intertwining forces of computers and espionage are reshaping the entire world; what was once the preserve of a few intelligence agencies now affects us all. Corera's compelling narrative takes us from the Second World War through the Cold War and the birth of the Internet to the present era of hackers and surveillance. The book is rich with historical detail and characters as well as astonishing revelations about espionage carried out in recent times by the United Kingdom, the United States, and China. Using unique access to the NSA, GCHQ, Chinese officials, and senior executives from some of the most powerful global technology companies, Gordon Corera has gathered compelling stories from heads of state, hackers, and spies of all stripes.
Cyberspies is a groundbreaking exploration of the new space in which the worlds of espionage, diplomacy, international business, science, and technology collide.
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By CJA on 10-15-16
One in a Million
In my lifetime I've read/listened to hundreds of books and not even one, including legendary works such as Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, came close to the superior quality of this presentation in terms of articulation & presenting a very complex subject into the easily understandable logic.
It's as if the author served filet minion in every sentence including only the most succulent meaningful richness of intellectual information & logic all presented beautifully in chronological order so that the evolution of cyber-technology built upon itself in an orderly flow of rich content.
The highlights for myself:
1. Rare, once classified information of the NSA, GCHQ, Five Eyes, etc. that give light to the mechanics of international intelligence gathering.
2. Beautiful Chronological order of the information took the reader on a journey through time
3. Articulation; the author has a rare natural talent at organizing & presenting information highlighting intuitive thoughtfulness in regards to all the evidence before us. There seems not a wasted word, every sentence was there for an important piece of the overall intellectual infrastructure.
If any reason to listen again to this presentation it is this rare, unique gift the author demonstrates at articulating subject matter into digestible, meaningful, orderly content that gives sense a thorough completeness backed by rich sources. A once in a lifetime read, it wouldn't surprise me to see this book spoken about for the next 100 years.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
By Scoutmom on 12-20-16
Living just south of a huge data center, I've been curious about the complicated issues of security vs. liberty. This book did a good job keeping a neutral tone, laying out relevant facts with well documented first-hand accounts. I also enjoyed the uniquely British perspective of the author, though the text was very accessible for readers of any nationality.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful