The Secret Life: Three True Stories by Andrew O'Hagan

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Read The Secret Life: Three True Stories Online Free - The slippery online ecosystem is the perfect breeding ground for identities: true, false, and in between. We no longer question the reality of online experiences but the reality of selfhood in the digital age.

In The Secret Life: Three True Stories, Andrew O'Hagan issues three bulletins from the porous border between cyberspace and the 'real world'. 'Ghosting' introduces us to the beguiling and divisive Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, whose autobiography the author agrees to ghostwrite with unforeseen-and unforgettable-consequences. 'The Invention of Ronnie Pinn' finds the author using the actual identity of a deceased young man to construct an entirely new one in cyberspace, leading him on a journey into the deep web's darkest realms. And 'The Satoshi Affair' chronicles the strange case of Craig Wright, the Australian web developer who may or may not be the mysterious inventor of Bitcoin, and who may or may not be willing, or even able, to reveal the truth.

What does it mean when your very sense of self becomes, to borrow a phrase from the tech world, 'disrupted'? Perhaps it takes a novelist, an inventor of selves, armed with the tools of a trenchant reporter, to find an answer.

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ISBN : 0571335845
Edition Language : English
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Number of Pages : 256 pages


Blair rated it ★★★★☆

June 16, 2017

The Secret Life (beginning) In the introduction to The Secret Life, Andrew O'Hagan explains that 'the leading figures in this non-fiction book, each of whom is real or began real, depend for their existence and their power in the world on a high degree of artificiality'. The secret life of the tit...

Paul rated it ★★★☆☆

September 01, 2017

Modern society has become utterly reliant on the internet. It is pervasive and has many positive and negative aspects, from the way that it can bring people together to the troubling undercurrents of the darknet. In The Secret Life, Andrew O'Hagan brings us three different stories, one of a man w...

Pauline rated it ★★★★☆

June 25, 2017

A fascinating account of the chaotic attempt by Julian Assange to write his autobiography. We are in the period before Julian took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy but nevertheless was forced to wear an electronic tag and sign in each day at the local police station while he fought extradition to...

Laura rated it ★★★☆☆

June 17, 2017

From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the Week: Andrew O'Hagan reads from his essay 'Ghosting', about the turbulent process of writing the memoir of Wikileaks editor Julian Assange. Taken from the book of collected essays THE SECRET LIFE. Read by the author Abridged by Rosemary Goring Producer: Eilidh McCreadie...

Sue rated it ★★★☆☆

July 15, 2017

Andrew O'Hagan is a great writer but I couldn't maintain my interest in the third of these true stories which was about the beginnings of bitcoin and the person who invented it. The first is a personality profile of Julian Assange and the second a strange story about taking a name from a dead per...

Zarina rated it ★★★☆☆

April 19, 2017

A decent non-fiction book exploring three different essays about different people in the digital space. It doesn't do what it says on the tin though and explore the meaning of self in the digital age, instead they are far more personalised essays, two from the author's own experience of working w...

Adam rated it ★★★☆☆

April 04, 2017

The bitcoin chapter was a bit too complicated to keep up with but the first two stories were far better and I'm glad I'm aware of the dickness of Julian Assange.

Margaret rated it ★★★★☆

September 04, 2017

O'Hagan, an accomplished novelist, is also remarkable for his ability to explain and pursue the dark side of technology for a popular audience--this is a collection of three longform essays highlighting the ways in which the internet allows people to both reach into far away corners, as well as b...

Aaron rated it ★★★★★

October 17, 2017

This book has taught me that I am NOT a secretive man... and I don't think I ever could be, after this. What a crazy book to pick up on a whim, the week after I disconnect my internet. I'm blown away. It's very worth reading, if you're at all interested in internet culture and its effects on real...

T rated it ★★★★☆

June 16, 2017

Julian Assange, narcissism

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