The Quantum Spy: A Thriller - David Ignatius

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A longtime journalist with The Washington Post, David Ignatius has a knack for grounding his suspenseful novels in real national security challenges, at times uncannily anticipating actual scenarios before they unfold in the news. In his latest spy thriller, The Quantum Spy (W.W. Norton, $25.95), Ignatius delves into the high-stakes, high-tech world of computing. The story revolves around the race between the United States and China to develop a hyper-fast quantum computer capable of breaking any code, a competition equivalent to the race in the 20th century to develop an atomic bomb. As the book begins, CIA agents entrap a Chinese computer scientist, hoping to turn him into a spy for the United States, only to discover that China itself has been receiving precious intelligence from a secret source inside the CIA. An intense hunt for the suspected mole ensues, taking a number of surprising turns. An entertaining read that has the added benefit of teaching a bit about advanced computers.

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ISBN: 9780393254150
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 7th, 2017

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