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My Glorious Defeats: Hacktivist, Narcissist, Anonymous: A Memoir (Hardcover)

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Barrett Brown—journalist, hacktivist, troublemaker, face of Anonymous, legend in his own mind—went to prison for four years for leaking intelligence documents. He was released to Trump’s America. This is his story.

After four years in prison for obstruction of justice, accessory after the fact, and threatening a federal officer, Barrett Brown is a free man.

Bringing together a unique blend of journalism, activism, and personal hubris in My Glorious Defeats, Brown recounts tales of his connection to the hacktivist group Anonymous, of his volatile relationship with the world's most notorious hackers, of the drugs he took and stories he wrote, and of his time in prison. He describes his arrest for threatening an FBI agent in a YouTube video and subsequent indictment on twelve federal charges related to the 2011 hack of private intelligence contractor Stratfor. And he guides us with hilarious and unapologetic contempt through his charges, trial, and sentencing.

But his story doesn’t end with a heavy-handed miscarriage of justice. From prison, Barrett wrote an award-winning column about life behind bars and his compulsion to speak truth to power. Now, he tells us how he’s addressing the corrosion of the rule of law and the diminished role of the media under the rule of a demagogue. He has a viable, active plan to harness the collective power of modern tools of communication to promote the public good.

Bold and combative, part Hunter S. Thompson, part Antonio Gramsci (not really), My Glorious Defeats is part memoir, part manifesto—a roaring indictment of the increasingly powerful and increasingly dangerous cyber-industrial complex.

About the Author


Barrett Brown is an award-winning journalist who has written for Vanity Fair, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, The Guardian, Vice, New York magazine, The A.V. Club, and The Intercept. In 2016 he won the National Magazine Award in the category of columns and opinion. He was released from federal prison in November 2016 after serving four years. He lives in Dallas with his PlayStation 4, vapor nicotine inhaler, and other ultramodern luxury goods.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780374217013
ISBN-10: 0374217017
Publisher: MCD
Publication Date: February 18th, 2020
Pages: 256
Language: English