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Securing Democracy

My Fight for Press Freedom and Justice in Brazil

Written by Glenn Greenwald

Published April 06, 2021 | ISBN 9781487009601
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Corruption & Misconduct

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280 pages | 8.5 in × 5.5 in
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Securing Democracy

My Fight for Press Freedom and Justice in Brazil

Glenn Greenwald

In this riveting follow-up to his acclaimed international bestseller No Place to Hide, Glenn Greenwald documents the courageous fight for press freedom in Brazil, where authoritarianism and rampant corruption threaten the most fundamental principles of democracy.

In 2019, award-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald writes in his gripping new book, “a series of events commenced that once again placed me at the heart of a sustained and explosive journalistic controversy.” New reporting by Greenwald and a team of Brazilian journalists had brought to light stunning information about grave corruption, deceit, and wrongdoing by the most powerful political actors in Brazil, his home since 2005. These stories, based on a massive trove of previously undisclosed telephone calls, audio, and text shared by an anonymous source, came to light only months after the January 2019 inauguration of Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, an ally of U.S. President Donald Trump.

The revelations “had an explosive impact on Brazilian politics” (Guardian) and prompted serious rancor, including direct attacks by President Bolsonaro himself, and ultimately an attempt by the government to criminally prosecute Greenwald for his reporting. “A wave of death threats — in a country where political violence is commonplace — have poured in, preventing me from ever leaving my house for any reason without armed guards and an armored vehicle,” Greenwald writes.

Securing Democracy takes readers on a gripping journey through Brazilian politics as Greenwald, his husband, the left-wing congressman David Miranda, and a powerful opposition movement courageously challenge political corruption, homophobia, and tyranny. Most vitally, Greenwald demonstrates the importance of independent journalism in holding governments to account, reversing injustices, and ultimately securing the freedoms of democracy.

About the Author

Glenn Greenwald

GLENN GREENWALD is one of the co-founding editors of the Intercept. He is a journalist, a constitutional lawyer, and the author of four New York Times bestselling books, including No Place to Hide, based on his experiences reporting Edward Snowden’s stunning disclosures on state surveillance. The reporting he led for the Guardian received the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, “for its revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, helping through aggressive reporting to spark a debate about the relationship between the government and the public over issues of security and privacy.” That NSA reporting also won the 2014 Esso Award, the Brazilian equivalent of the Pulitzer, and his 2019 reporting won the Vladimir Herzog Award, named after a Jewish immigrant journalist murdered in 1977 by the Brazilian military dictatorship.

Awards and Praise

PRAISE FOR GLENN GREENWALD AND NO PLACE TO HIDE:

“Impassioned … Gripping … Greenwald amplifies our understanding of the N.S.A.’s sweeping ambitions … and delivers a fierce argument in defense of the right of privacy.” — Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

“Rings with authority … Vital for anyone interested in civil liberties … This book is an antidote to the common public perception that government spooks are only interested in ‘bad’ people.” — Chicago Tribune

“Pulse-pounding.” — Wired

“If you can only read one book during the dog days of summer, this is it.” — Toronto Star 

“A monumentally important book … No Place to Hide makes a robust, convincing argument for why we should care about the surveillance state.” — Globe and Mail

“Reads like a thriller … With heart-pounding suspense, John le Carré–like intrigue, and Jeffersonian fidelity to the principles of human freedom … No Place to Hide is also a morality tale about the personal courage required of Snowden and Greenwald and his colleagues to expose government wrongdoing and the risk to their lives, liberties, and properties in doing so.” — Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, Fox News 

PRAISE FOR GLENN GREENWALD AND WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR SOME:

“Greenwald lets no one off the hook in demonstrating the vast differences in legal recourse between rich and poor, powerful and weak … When the executive, judicial and legislative branches collude to avoid enforcement, lawlessness is the end result.” — Rachel Maddow

“Glenn Greenwald’s latest book is an absolute must-read. Incredibly persuasive, rigorous and damning.” — Christopher Hayes

“The first thing I do when I turn on the computer in the morning is go to Glenn Greenwald’s blog to see what he said. He is truly one of our greatest writers right now.” — Michael Moore

“The most important voice to have entered the political discourse in years.” — Bill Moyers

“Greenwald lets no one off the hook in demonstrating the vast differences in legal recourse between rich and poor, powerful and weak … When the executive, judicial and legislative branches collude to avoid enforcement, lawlessness is the end result.” ? Kirkus Reviews