Book deals giving readers an inside look at some of the most influential companies in Silicon Valley have been the norm for years, but content in two that were released last week are quickly skyrocketing to the top of the New York Times’ Best Seller list, creating a verbal, virtual sparring match between WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt.
Assange’s book, When Google Met WikiLeaks, found its place on bookstore shelves Wednesday, the day after Schmidt’s latest book, How Google Works.
The Huffington Post reports that in June 2011, Schmidt — Google CEO at the time — met Assange at a cottage in England for a long conversation. Schmidt may not have expected this, but Assange would use the conversation as material for a book of his own, per HuffPo reporter Ryan Grim. The book highlights Google’s cooperative relationship with the U.S. government in terms of privacy, mass surveillance and Internet freedom.