I like to read fiction with plots that drive forward with cinematic pacing. Not sure why. Well, yes I am. I studied filmmaking back in school and worked for Warner Bros. for a few years. That's probably why. However, I've delved into some historic non-fiction and biography a tad. But none of the boring ones! It's got to fit in with my healthy diet of spy thrillers.
Tim's Staff Picks:
Title: The Maidens
Title: Permanent Record
Almost exactly the same age as Snowden, I completely identified with him as someone who grew up while the Internet also grew up.
His crisis is immensely relatable, and it's easy to get in his very principled whistleblower mindset: what do you do when it would be a crime to report a worse crime? There's no justification here, only conviction. Already knowing the real world outcome, the thrilling final pages raced at me like time running out on a bomb's digital clock.
Wow. I stayed up late reading this like I do with a good novel, and the spy community insider tidbits were delicious! I loved Snowden's easy way of writing, so transparent and honest.
Title: The Rock from the Sky