Book Reviews

  • Read The New York Times review by Michiko Kakutani

  • Read William Safire's review in the April 10, 2005, New York Times Book Review.

  • Read The Washington Post review by Geoffrey R. Stone

  • Read the Wired review of No Place to Hide by Ryan Singel

  • Read the lead review of No Place to Hide by Matthew Brzezinski in the Jan/Feb 2005 edition of Mother Jones magazine

  • Read the BusinessWeek review of No Place to Hide by Paul Magnusson

  • Read the San Jose Mercury News review of No Place to Hide by Miguel Helft (registration required)

    ( Read excerpts below )

National Media Appearances

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Book Review Excerpts

From The New York Times

"Mr. O'Harrow provides in these pages an authoritative and vivid account of the emergence of a 'security-industrial complex' and the far-reaching consequences for ordinary Americans, who must cope not only with the uneasy sense of being watched (leading, defenders of civil liberties have argued, to a stifling of debate and dissent) but also with the very palpable dangers of having personal information (and in some cases, inaccurate information) passed from one outfit to another."

From Mother Jones

"Since September 11, O'Harrow argues, patriotism and profit motive have fortuitously converged to create a 'security-industrial complex' that seeks to electronically monitor our every move. Like its Cold War-era predecessor, this alarming construct is propelled by fear and weds the private and public sectors in unsettling ways. The departments of Justice and Homeland Security have replaced the Pentagon, while little-known high-technology firms like Seisint, Acxiom, and ChoicePoint have assumed the role once played by traditional weapons manufacturers.

"This secretive new alliance could, if left unchecked, irrevocably alter our notions of freedom. It will make many Americans nervous, and a lucky few rich, but whether it will actually thwart terrorism remains to be seen."


"In a masterfully written book, O'Harrow carefully diagrams the complex, post-9/11 intertwining of increased law enforcement powers, influential lobbyists, massive and unregulated troves of information marketed by private companies to government agencies, and government officials' newfound attraction to powerful data-mining applications. It's the story of how a nationwide obsession with preventing another terrorist attack in the United States has drawn together companies that used to make millions selling targeted lists to retailers, high-powered former government officials turned lobbyists, cutting-edge technologists and a national security apparatus hungry for new tools."

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