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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents We Are Bellingcat by Eliot Higgins, read by Eliot Higgins.

How did a collective of self-taught internet sleuths end up solving some of the biggest crimes of our time?

Bellingcat, the home-grown investigative unit, is redefining the way we think about news, politics and the digital future. Here, their founder - a high-school dropout on a kitchen laptop - tells the story of how they created a whole new category of information-gathering, galvanising citizen journalists across the globe to expose war crimes and pick apart disinformation, using just their computers.

From the downing of Malaysia Flight 17 over the Ukraine to the sourcing of weapons in the Syrian Civil War and the identification of the Salisbury poisoners, We Are Bellingcat digs deep into some of Bellingcat’s most successful investigations. It explores the most cutting-edge tools for analysing data, from virtual-reality software that can build photorealistic 3D models of a crime scene, to apps that can identify exactly what time of day a photograph was taken.

In our age of uncertain truths, Bellingcat is what the world needs right now - an intelligence agency by the people, for the people.

This audiobook contains several highly offensive terms, quoted from the manifesto of a third party. This in no way reflects the views of the author, the publisher or anyone associated with the publication and distribution of this book. 

©2021 Eliot Higgins (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"Tells the story of the most innovative practitioners of open-source intelligence and online journalism in the world." (Anne Applebaum)

"It is impossible to exaggerate the urgency and power of Bellingcat's work." (James O'Brien)

"The gripping story of how Eliot Higgins and Bellingcat exposed some of the gravest state crimes of our era." (Bill Browder, best-selling author of Red Notice

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Loved it; this guy has solved crimes for real

Gentle authentic narration by the author who has done amazing work using computers and citizens to find evidence.

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pretty good

good insight into OSINT, goes through roughly how they do it but could use more detailed talk throughs of OSINT techniques

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Well, that was eye-opening!

Fact and information that flows like a gripping novel.

The fascinating and inspiring methods Bellingcat have developed, exposing injustices, war crimes, lies and propaganda, have to be read/listened to, to be believed. This is very clever stuff. Narrated by its writer, Eliot Higgins (founder & CEO of Bellingcat), he doesn’t insult the listener with our digital-age naivety, he just leads us on his own decade-long journey of discovery.... it’s both magical and scary as hell what’s out there. You feel Eliot’s passion for his subject, and his contagious enthusiasm is likely to have you straight online, signing up as a Bellingcat volunteer. Eliot comes across as a humble man, always at pains to point out the contribution and successes of others he works with - the message here is that, with a little insight/training, anyone can make a difference, find a piece of a puzzle, help right a wrong, or maybe even throw light on an atrocity.

I could write a lot more, but will settle for stopping short and simply recommending this book to all. Whatever your age or digital-savvy’ness, there’s something here for everyone. Listen, learn, be afraid, then be inspired into action, or at least a new awareness. They Are Bellingcat, and we should think very hard about joining them.

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  • 07-06-2021

Gripping read on online investigative journalism

To all my fellow journalists, editors and media managers out there: this is a must-read look into the future of investigative journalism.

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  • Mr. P. G. Harris
  • 10-03-2021

Nuts & Bolts

The book provides very detailed descriptions of method, process and evidence on qualifying news stories that ought to demand our attention. However, the listening experience results in mega information overload... great if you're an information conspiracy geek, I'm not. I expected to hear a more accessible narrative about Bellingcat's origins, activities and impact. Overall you are left in no doubt about the sincerity of Bellingcat researchers and contributor's efforts to expose false news and government's falsehoods. The world would be less informed without Bellingcat's activities, however to reach a wider cohort of supporters and understanding a more accessible book is needed.

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  • Sharky
  • 08-03-2021

A vital book about a vital subject: the truth

This book should be read and studied by all aspiring journalists, or anyone interested in how to tell truth from fiction in the internet age. Eliot Higgins narrates the book well enough but there's so much to get your head around that it sometimes feels like the pace is too fast. The pause button is useful - I even went back over certain sections to fully digest what I'd heard. Anyway, this is essential reading/listening so don't hesitate to get it.

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  • R Warren
  • 21-05-2021

Shines a light into the shadows

I really enjoyed listening to this. These folks are inspirational in their quest to Identify Varify and Amplify the deeds of those who think they are above the law and assume they can get away with literal murder.

Bellingcat are the equivalent of Hugh Dowding and his insistence of Radar in the Battle of Britain.

These people, from all nations gives me so much hope. Thank you.

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  • Eggman
  • 18-04-2021

incredible story of battling misinformation

Just imagine if all the keyboard warriors out there actually cared about the truth. Eliot is one of those, and he's turned it into a much needed movement. Amazing

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-04-2021

A book worth reading (listening to) worth every word and minute!

I didn’t know what to expect from this, so my expectations weren’t all really high.
What I got really touched me, intrigued me, motivated me and made me think and act.
Not all that many books do this.
Really interesting story, great insights in what goes on tin the world, horrifying of course and also super fascinating to follow what and how the work is done

I could write a lot more, but - I really recommend you to listen for yourself. It’s really worth it!

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  • Fraser Waterfield
  • 16-04-2021

Inspirational and engaging

This is a call to arms to those who want to fight disinformation. Everyone needs to know about open source investigation and those sifting fact from fiction. Go Bellingcat!

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  • Edgar Kindling
  • 14-04-2021

Very very interesting and informative!

Loved this book,would recommend to anyone who wants to know more about the truth and has eyes to look beyond mainstream storys.

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  • Luna Dog
  • 04-03-2021

Enlightening

Ever wondered how Bellingcat research world events and get information that official investigation teams seem to fail to obtain, or are slow to identify or don't even try?

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  • SteLau
  • 26-02-2021

interesting read

fascinating what Higgins could do from his laptop. gets a bit technical in some points but i found it really interesting. thes tecniques are here to stay and get even more powerful. they are going to revolutionise information agencies, press and hopefully fight misinfromation

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  • Colin
  • 26-02-2021

Mind bending

Loved listening to this book as a sequence of events and storylines. Fascinating, enthralling, informative and frightening in equal measure. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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