Publication Date: 20/10/2022 ISBN: 9781847925619 Category:


Chelsea Manning

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication Date: 20/10/2022 ISBN: 9781847925619 Category:


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An extraordinarily brave and moving memoir from one of the world’s most famous transparency activists and trans women.

In 2010, Chelsea Manning was working as an intelligence analyst for the US Army in Iraq. She disclosed 720,000 classified military documents that she had smuggled out via the memory card of her digital camera. By far the largest leak in history, these documents revealed a huge number of diplomatic cables and footage of atrocities. She was sentenced to 35 years in military prison.

The day after her conviction, Chelsea declared her gender identity as a woman and began to transition. She was sent to a male prison, spent much of that time in appalling conditions in solitary confinement and attempted suicide multiple times. In 2017, after a lengthy legal challenge and an outpouring of support, President Obama commuted her sentence.

README.txt is a story of personal revolt, resilience and survival. Chelsea details the challenges of her childhood and adolescence in Oklahoma and in her mother’s native Wales. She writes revealingly and movingly about a period of homelessness in Chicago, living under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in the US Army, and the experience of coming to terms with her gender identity and undergoing hormone therapy in prison. We witness her Kafkaesque trial and heroic quest for release.

This powerful, courageous and observant memoir sheds light on the big themes of today – identity, authenticity, technology, the authoritarian state – and will stand as one of the definitive testaments of our digital, information-driven age.

‘Chelsea Manning is the biggest hero that ever lived’ Vivienne Westwood
‘Searing … uplifting … redemptive’ The New York Times
‘Electrifying … an insider confessional turned inside out for the 21st century’ Washington Post

Publisher Review

One of the bravest persons alive -- Yanis Varoufakis Chelsea Manning is the biggest hero that ever lived -- Vivienne Westwood A heroine to millions -- Alan Moore Manning brought to light a number of human rights violations committed by the CIA and American military, many of which led to civilian deaths... but the crimes she exposed have never been investigated ... Many people view her as an American hero * Dazed * As courageous as that original whistleblowing was, Manning's heroism has only multiplied since then, become more multifaceted and consequential. As a result, she has inspired countless people around the world ... I regard Chelsea Manning as one of this generation's greatest heroes -- Glenn Greenwald

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