My Battle to Expose Corruption in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

Glenn Greenwald

Haymarket Books (April 6, 2021)

Hardcover • ISBN-13: 9781642594508 • US $27.95 • 6 in x 9 in • 280 pgs.


In 2019, award-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald writes in this gripping new book, “a series of events commenced that once again placed me at the heart of a sustained and explosive journalistic controversy.”

New reporting by Greenwald and his team of Brazilian journalists brought to light stunning information about grave corruption, deceit, and wrongdoing by the most powerful political actors in Brazil, his home since 2005.

These stories, based on a massive trove of previously undisclosed telephone calls, audio, and text shared by an anonymous source, came to light only months after the January 2019 inauguration of Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, an ally of President Trump.

The revelations “had an explosive impact on Brazilian politics” (The Guardian) and prompted serious rancor, including direct attacks by President Bolsonaro himself, and ultimately an attempt by the government to criminally prosecute Greenwald for his reporting. “A wave of death threats—in a country where political violence is commonplace—have poured in, preventing me from ever leaving my house for any reason without armed guards and an armored vehicle,” Greenwald writes.

Securing Democracy takes readers on a fascinating ride through Brazilian politics as Greenwald, his husband, the left-wing Congressman David Miranda, and a powerful opposition movement courageously challenge political corruption, homophobia, and tyranny.

While coming at serious personal costs for himself and his family, Greenwald writes, “I have no doubt at all that the revelations we were able to bring to the public strengthened Brazilian democracy in an enduring and fundamental way. I believe we righted wrongs, reversed injustices, and exposed grave corruption.”

The story, he concludes, “highlights the power of transparency and the reason why a free press remains the essential linchpin for securing democracy.”


“Glenn Greenwald provided an extraordinary contribution to democracy. Together with the team at The Intercept, he exposed the secret mechanism of an operation that, under the pretext of fighting corruption, corrupted part of the judiciary, dismantled the national construction industry and the oil and gas chain, and paved the way for the arrival of the extreme right to power. With his journalistic exposés about Lava Jato, the misdeeds of Sergio Moro, Deltan Dallagnol, and their accomplices finally came to light.”

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, former president of Brazil

“Glenn Greenwald has helped secure Brazilian democracy by revealing the truth about our country’s recent history, which makes this book indispensable.”

Dilma Rousseff, former president of Brazil


Glenn Greenwald is one of three cofounding editors of the Intercept. The NSA reporting he led for the Guardian was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service and the 2014 Esso Award, the Brazilian equivalent of the Pulitzer. His 2019 reporting won the Vladimir Herzog Award, named after a Jewish immigrant journalist murdered in 1977 by the Brazilian military dictatorship.


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