mark hertsgaard

Independent Journalist & Author


Fallen Climate Superstar

Mohammed Nasheed has been called “the Mandela of the Maldives” because he was a freedom fighter who helped overthrow a longstanding dictatorship and win the presidency in the first free and fair elections held in that tiny Indian Ocean nation. But outsiders know Nasheed as a crusader for climate justice at the 2009 Copenhagen summit, where he championed strong action to save his low-lying country from disappearing beneath rising seas. The new documentary, The Island President, describes all this well … and happens to be coming out just after Nasheed was deposed in a February 7 coup. More:



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By now, almost everyone knows what Edward Snowden did: leak top secret documents revealing that the US government was spying on hundreds of millions of people around the world. But if you want to know why Snowden did it, the way he did it, you need to know the stories of two other men.

The first is Thomas Drake, who blew the whistle on the very same surveillance ten years before Snowden did and got crushed. The other is The Third Man, a former senior Pentagon official who comes forward in this book for the first time to describe how his superiors repeatedly broke the law to punish Drakeā€”and unwittingly taught Snowden how to evade their clutches.

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Independent journalist Mark Hertsgaard is the author of seven books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including Bravehearts: Whistle Blowing in the Age of Snowden; HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth; and A Day in the Life: The Music and Artistry of the Beatles. He has reported from twenty-five countries about politics, culture and the environment for leading outlets, including The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Time, Mother Jones, NPR, the BBC and The Nation, where is the environment correspondent. He lives in San Francisco.