Publicly, Rusbridger is in the thick of the most important issues facing democratic societies today, and he writes about them in The Guardian with clarity and courage. I’d love to read a fleshed out, behind-the-scenes version of grappling with government snoops, coordinating with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, negotiating with shady characters like Assange—the tidbits he offers about the Wikileaks mastermind in Play it Again are by far the most entertaining bits of the book. It’s great that he loves the piano, but that’s not what makes Rusbridger a voice worth reading.


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Kira Goldenberg is an associate editor at CJR.