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  • Published: 19 May 2020
  • ISBN: 9781847923110
  • Imprint: Bodley Head
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $49.99

Dark Mirror

Edward Snowden and the Surveillance State

The first master narrative of the surveillance state containing major agenda-setting revelations

Dark Mirror is the ultimate inside account of the vast, global surveillance network that now pervades all our lives.

Barton Gellman’s informant called himself ‘Verax’ – the truth-teller. It was only later that Verax unmasked himself as Edward Snowden. But Gellman’s primary role in bringing Snowden’s revelations to light, for which he shared the Pulitzer prize, is only the beginning of this gripping real-life spy story. Snowden unlocked the door: here Gellman describes what he found on the other side over the course of a years-long journey of investigation. It is also the story of his own escalating battle against unknown digital adversaries after he discovered his own name on a file in the leaked document trove and realised that he himself was under attack.

Through a gripping narrative of paranoia, clandestine operations and jaw-dropping revelations, Dark Mirror delineates in full for the first time the hidden superstructure that connects government espionage with Silicon Valley. Who is spying on us and why? Here are the answers.

  • Pub date: 19 May 2020
  • ISBN: 9781847923110
  • Imprint: Bodley Head
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $49.99

About the Author

Barton Gellman

Barton Gellman is a prize-winning journalist and author whose awards include three Pulitzer Prizes, two George Polk Awards and Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize for investigative reporting. Now based at the Century Foundation, Gellman was a correspondent for the Washington Post for over 20 years where he was a member of the team that won the 2002 Pulitzer for National Reporting for coverage of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath. His bestselling Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency was a New York Times Best Book of 2008, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and is being adapted by HBO for a feature film. He is currently Lecturer and Author in Residence at the University of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Praise for Dark Mirror

“A frightening exposé on the powerful networks watching you that you haven't even heard of. Not Sunday bedtime reading.”

Olivia Ovenden, Esquire

“Jaw-dropping ... it reads like a thriller”

New York Times on Angler

“An endlessly insightful narrative ... that deserves its place alongside All the President’s Men ... and other classics of the genre ... A riveting, timely book sure to be one of the most significant of the year”


“Until now I assumed it would take decades ... for an author (say, some future Robert Caro) to uncover and describe Cheney's secretive role”

Washington Post on Angler

“A remarkable tale extremely well told”

Financial Times on Angler

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