Book Review: ‘This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World’s Information’ by Andy Greenberg

This was the book I always wanted but didn’t even realize was out there until recently, after reading Julian Assange’s Cypherpunks book and telling a friend that I wanted something more broad.

I’m glad that my friend pointed me towards this and it’s actually kind of weird that it flew under my radar but it also came out after I was done writing about politics and economics and was sort of ignoring that stuff for a few years in order to reacquire my sanity.

This is damn solid, though, and more than that, it’s damn thorough. This covers so much ground in just a few hundred pages and is honestly, a real wealth of knowledge and a great outline of the key moments that happened within cypherpunk culture.

I wanted something that really went into a good amount of detail about Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, as well as the other players within the movement that wanted to expose secrets and bring not only transparency to the world but some sort of justice.

Out of all the stuff I’ve read on cypherpunk history and culture, this book shoots up to the top of the list. It’s well written, well researched and presented in a way that is very easy for the layman to follow.

Rating: 9.5/10
Pairs well with: other books about cypherpunk culture, hacking and cryptocurrency.