I hope this book will become one of the unifying documents of our generation. In this highly personal work, I explain our global struggle to force a new relationship between the people and their governments. – Julian Assange
WikiLeaks has helped redefine our idea of investigative journalism and our understanding of how information should be disseminated. Assange, the visionary creator of and driving force behind this new publishing phenomenon, has a unique perspective on how WikiLeaks has evolved into one of today’s most influential and fearless news organisations.
In this revelatory account, Assange expands on the philosophies that underpin his stateless, ground-breaking media company. He draws on his own fascinating life story and offers compelling insights into the mercurial and highly driven man who has forced us to radically rethink such basic ideas as transparency, democracy and power.
About the Author
Julian Assange is an Australian publisher, journalist, software developer and internet activist, and the founder and editor-in-chief of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks.
Julian Assange and the word unauthorised have been locked in an unholy embrace ever since the founder of WikiLeaks started releasing government secrets. Now, in a move dripping with irony, Assange's own memoir is being released against his wishes as ''an unauthorised autobiography''.
Assange agreed to write his story last December to raise funds for his fight to avoid extradition from Britain to Sweden where he faces sexual assault charges, and to keep WikiLeaks going.
He received an advance of $US500,000 from Canongate, which contracted the Scottish writer Andrew O'Hagan to be Assange's ghost writer and together they completed a first draft in March. Apparently Assange then wanted to cancel the contract but too late, the book is written, the advance has been handed over to his lawyers and rights have been sold around the world.
It is going to make for fascinating reading.
'An intriguing self-portrait...Although Mr Assange makes an easy target, he has interesting things to say, however controversial. And the world does sometimes need such annoying, single-minded people to move forward. Mr Assange and his creation, WikiLeaks, have made it a more open and transparent place, and hence a bit more just.' Economist 'Surpisingly revealing. It reminds us of the huge amount Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have contributed to this epochal time and how important is the principle of free publication.' Observer '...a compelling portrait of a brave, complex, difficult, brilliant and essentially humane individual. Assange is not easy to like but his intellectual gifts, his moral courage and his carelessness of his own physical safety make him impossible not to admire.' Spectator 'Without doubt one of the books of the year, Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography seems destined to join The Jerilderie Letter and Chopper From the Inside as a leading example of Australian underground autobiography. Like Ned Kelly and Mark Brandon Read, Assange is all the more compelling because he is an author in the raw; a loner alienated from society who, almost in spite of himself, has a fierce need for self-expression.' Sydney Morning Herald 'It is not hard to see why Assange is now fretting that, in this text, beautifully crafted by Andrew O'Hagan, he has given away too much of himself and said too little about his mission. That is exactly what makes the book such an engrossing read.' Independent 'Read this book. It is an extraordinary recapitulation of the voice of an extraordinary man. Its ghosts and demons will keep you up past the dawn.' -- Peter Craven The Drum
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 10th October 2011
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2
Weight (kg): 0.41