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In December 2010, Julian Assange signed a contract with Canongate Books to write a book - part memoir, part manifesto - for publication the following year. At the time, Julian said: '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 the...more
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Published September 1st 2011 by Canongate Books (first published 2011)
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James
Aug 12, 2012 James added it
A Thousand Plateaus is required reading for Assange fans and enemies, as well as those who don't give a fig but carry a Master or Visa card or just have a particular bent for Continental theory.

According to Deleuze and Guattari Western thought is dominated by a structure of knowledge they call aboresence. This way of knowing is tree-like, vertical, and centralized. For instance, in biology, we have Linnean taxonomies. In chemistry, we have Porphyrian trees. In linguistics we have Chomskyan se...more
Santosh
Every person in this world is capable enough to leave his mark on this world. What kind of mark to be left is to be decided by the person himself. Many people don't decide so they leave a mark which no one notices. Few decide, and leave a strong mark, which will be noticed by many. But there are few who are so clear on what to do with their life and follow their gut feeling and are so truthful, that the mark they leave is noticed by everyone. And it will change the very life of each and every on...more
Sudheer Madhava
Personally, this is one of the few books which will influence me for life. My sense of justice, freedom and human values perceptibly shifted as I went through this first person narrative. What makes it appealing in spite of some technical jargon and predictably self justifying statements of a person in distress is Julian Assange's intent of using his amazing ability with technology to attempt to make the truth known to humanity. The truth as it is and not the truth churned out by a conventional...more
Phillip
anyone with even a passing interest in Julian Assange should read this book. For the record it is ghost written and basically a first draft of an autobiography that he pulled the plug on. personally I found it quite a good read. Yes it could be construed as propaganda on his behalf, but with entire governments and traditional media outlets portraying him as a traitor and sexual deviant, how else can he tell his side of the story?
Mat
This book deserves to sell far more than the few copies it has reportedly sold. The publisher has probably done the book a disservice by calling it "The Unauthorised..." It does end pretty abruptly and has been conspicuously fleshed out with a few excerpts from WikiLeaks' leaks. Assange's story is vivid and deserves to be read if only to give his side to a story that many others have cashed in on, smearing him in the process.

Here are a few stand-out quotes:

Big Brother is home. He is installed in...more
Megan
We just got this into the store on Tuesday, and taking a look at it, I was pretty excited to read it, and to get a long inside account of Wikileaks. I wasn't aware, however, of all the controversy over its publication. The note from the publisher in the beginning of the book suggests it, but still seems misleading, having also read this:
http://wikileaks.org/Julian-Assange-S...

Still, it was a compelling read, and great to have the Wikileaks story all in one place, told (even if this telling is co...more
Stephen
A compulsory read for an understanding of this fascinating character. Is it ego or altruism that drives Assange? It is a fast, interesting read and certainly shines a bright light in the face of governments who do not like to be questioned - and shouldn't we all be questioning our governments?
Teri Kelly
Where to even begin unravelling, what is (when all of the giddy media propaganda is paint-strippered away), in reality, a simple tale of infamy and incongruity. Julian Assange has become, perhaps by his own actions, perhaps not, a somewhat disassociated caricature of himself. The question here however is just what the truth is in age of government and media sponsored lies, fabrications, falsifications, hypocritical justifications and condemnations? Can anyone place any credence on a book that ar...more
Luke
I know there are people out there who complain about this book, claim that it's not entirely based on truth. And yeah, it was written by a host writer, there's no denying that.

However, that doesn't mean that the book is bad. The book is actually a compelling read. It's well written and it sheds light on a story which for some would be truly inspiring. It focuses on the story of WikiLeaks, and the backlash that Assange received, not on his family life. Perhaps the family life would have been of b...more
chris tervit
This is not a book I would normally read- I tend to stay clear of autobiographies as they often end up being either dull, narcissistic or poorly written, or all of the above. This started out like that but got better towards then end, when we get to the parts about Wikileaks starting up & links with The Guardian and other global media groups. Since he presents himself & his band of 'vigilantes' as altruistic truth-finders we are left asking if we can trust them & him to really find t...more
Michael Riedyk
A great book to get insight on the history and vision behind wikileaks and Assanges' life.

I recommend to read this book to get a better understanding what information technology, internet and privacy will mean to politics, peace, wars and the freedom of speech in the 21st century.

Assange is clearly is on the right side of history and deserves respect.
Edith
Interesting book, although the writing style of the author is rather boring. It's actually only worth reading from chapter 8 onwards (the birth of Wikileaks).
Michelle MacAleese
This man is fascinating--he's the most super-intelligent car-wreck ever. And Andrew O'Hagen has done a great job.
Yash Deshpande
Julian Assange is one the most interesting people of this decade. He has been described as a maverick,a man constantly in pursuit of justice, a journalist fighting for liberty and against government censorship and oppression, a rapist and also a terrorist. To read about his own journey in his own words is a delight. The autobiography is detailed, descriptive of the environment he grew in and focused on his work for liberty. There few phrases on every page which simply stand out and are exception...more
Clare O'Beara
This is a good read, showing us how this extraordinary man and body of works, is the sum of the upbringing and interests and choices made throughout his life and before it began.

The publishers state at the outset that the author spoke with a ghost author and made tapes for many hours, before deciding as the book was being prepared, with hefty pre-sales and with his advance cheque paid over by him to his lawyers, that he'd rather not publish an autobiography. That would seem rather late in the d...more
Lori
I find the topic of Julian & Wiki Leaks very interesting yet I also don't know exactly how I feel about the information becoming public. To a degree I do believe our Government needs to keep done issues quiet and not known for the basic person or the World to learn about. That said, I do believe that most of our Government is corrupt or Senators etc each have their own agendas and what is it that we can rely on and what can't we believe.
I wish this book had given a bit more insight into Jul...more
Vasil Kolev
This is the "unathorized" autobiography of Julian. It's not that hard to see what's not written by him and what was, but it's mostly him, although edited badly (he would've definitely do a better job).

There's some good information on his early years, which definitely shaped him into what he is today. There's also a lot of information on the ideas of wikileaks, on the basic ideas and reasons for starting the organization. Most of the leaks themselves have been covered enough everywhere, so this i...more
Tim
Julian Assange is a new kind of journalist, one whose aim is to liberate information - to give us the raw tools to understand the world we live in. The book is intended as a manifesto, but it is a too sloppy for that. It starts with a rather crude outline of his childhood - drawn in broad strokes and offering little to enlighten you about what was to come later.

But once Assange gets into his stride, discussing the technology that inspired him, the ideals that drove him, and the way that Wikilea...more
Margreet Nannenberg
Haven't finished this one yet. After I've done that, I really need the HHGG to release some angry feelings which I get while reading this autobiography. Still it's a fascinating story!

31/1/2012: Finished. I'm a bit disappointed of the writer's style: boring and as if Assange's being a narcist (which I don't think so). I do understand why Assange didn't authorised this biography. But: it is still interesting to read how Assange started with hacking to gather the information which he'd placed on W...more
Motazz Beloua
A hero of modern Times. We just don't realize it yet.
Rasmus Andersson
At times fun and exciting (especially the last couple of chapters) but most of the time overly ambitious and bordering on narcissistic. Having read the whole book, I feel like I have not gained too much more knowledge about Julian Assange himself. Many of the important things were vague while trifling topics were extensive. The fact that Assange himself backed away from the book somehow shines through and it feel somewhat rushed and incomplete. A decent read at best, and sleep-inducing at worst.
Lourdes Encinas


Quitando todo el adorno que uno pone al hablar de si mismo, lo valioso que encuentro es que sabiendo cómo fue su formación entiendes su personalidad. Claro, todo lo que vemos a la distancia.

La parte que más me interesó fue la referente a la organización de Wikileaks y cómo se dio la relación con los medios que publicaron los cables filtrados.

Como no lo terminó, pues le faltan detalles y me hubiera gustado que ampliara más lo relacionado a Bradley Manning.
Mel
It is very interesting to hear about Julian Assange from a point of view other than what you see in the media. He appears to be a very passionate person who has been wrongly accused due to not 'towing the line'. Of course this book, like what you hear in the media, needs to be taken with a grain of salt.
Claire
Apr 11, 2012 Claire is currently reading it
I am having a hard time getting through this book. I am more interested in Wikileaks than Julian and the first 8-9 chapters are Julian whining about his life. The book opens with him in prison and not understanding why they will not give him a computer with access to the internet. seriously?
Martin Rose
I'm somewhat speechless, mostly because of this guy's unrepentant desire for the truth, but also because I very much connected with the subject matter. This is important, and will be important many years from now when sanity is finally restored in the free world. Let's hope.
Deborah
I quite like bios, though not of the z-lister kind, and I'd expected to be slightly wowed and in awe of Assange but I fear my opinion of him may have been hugely influenced by the media. Well yeah, I didn't enjoy it. Will stick to my regular bios in future.
Linus
Assange is an interesting person which has influenced modern history, a biography could thus be quite something. Unfortunatly the book feels more like a draft than a final release - it would need some severe editing before going to print.
Nat Kerruish
I only read the free ebook version but I want to buy the full book it's awesome I'm only 14 and i started liking julian assange last year when I watched the movie I love the book!
Hafi
five stars aren't enough to rate this one
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Julian Paul Assange is an Australian publisher, journalist, software developer and Internet activist. He is the founder, spokesperson, and editor in chief of WikiLeaks, a whistleblower website and conduit for worldwide news leaks, with the stated purpose of creating open governments. Assange has worked as a computer programmer and was a hacker during his youth. He has lived in several countries, a...more
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