Edward Snowden the Book

Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee and National Security Agency contractor who spilled some of the deepest secrets of the US government’s electronic surveillance operations, has written a memoir. Permanent Record, published by MacMillan Publishers’ imprint Metropolitan Books, will go on sale on September 17, and it’s now available for pre-orders—as Snowden himself announced via his Twitter account today.

Snowden’s memoir will be released simultaneously in more than 20 countries, and pre-orders are available in the US, the United Kingdom, and Germany. According to a Metropolitan spokesperson, “In Permanent Record, [Snowden] tells his story for the very first time, bringing the reader along as he helps to create [NSA’s] system of mass surveillance, and then experiences the crisis of conscience that led him to try to bring it down.”