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Known for his well-researched works of nonfiction, Lawrence Wright applies his talent for expert detail and storytelling to a novel about a pandemic. The result is a medical thriller that, while written before the emergence of covid-19, contains lots of similarities with the current public health crisis. The End of October begins with the outbreak abroad of a mysterious, deadly disease and centers on an American microbiologist who races to understand and combat the spreading virus. To say the book is timely just doesn’t do justice to how eerily prophetic it is.

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ISBN: 9780525658658
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Published: Knopf - April 28th, 2020

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The Paladin marks the 11th novel by David Ignatius and, like his previous works, has a very suspenseful, made-up plot grounded in a very plausible national security challenge. For several decades now, Ignatius has managed to succeed at two careers at once—in the journalistic world he’s an accomplished columnist for the Washington Post, and in the literary world he’s a popular writer of spy thrillers. His books are rooted in the same expert reporting that has distinguished his journalism. In The Paladin he concocts a story about a CIA operations officer who chases a group of hackers and software designers intent on using fake news to trigger global financial chaos. It’s a great read and, in characteristic Ignatius fashion, leaves you wondering whether what you’ve just read is a thinly-disguised version of something that has actually happened, is currently happening, or may happen soon.

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ISBN: 9780393254174
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 5th, 2020

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In 2013, Bart Gellman, after receiving an astonishing trove of intelligence documents from Edward Snowden, anchored a team of Washington Post reporters who wrote a Pulitzer-winning series that exposed widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency. In Dark Mirror, Gellman recounts his own story engaging with Snowden and explores the full nature and impact of a government surveillance system that expanded after the 9/11 attacks and sought to collect vast amounts of data on people in great secrecy and without previous constraints. The book is illuminating, engrossing, and balanced—a revealing narrative that not only examines intelligence gathering and government overreach in the digital age but provides a thrilling account of investigative journalism in a time of pervasive surveillance.

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ISBN: 9781594206016
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Published: Penguin Press - May 19th, 2020

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