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    Book Discussion on The Director and Blowback

    David Ignatius and Valerie Plame talked about the real-life stories that informed their novels. David Ignatius is the author of The Director, a novel about a CIA mole hunt to find a hacker who has accessed the agency’s computer systems. Valerie Plame is the author of the novel Blowback, about a CIA agent who is tasked with tracking down an international arms dealer who is helping Iran with its nuclear weapons program. The co-authors spoke with Steve Clemons, Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and senior fellow at the New America Foundation.

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    Cold War Era Spies

    Panelists talked about re-evaluating the lives, motivations, and legacies of American and Soviet Cold War era spies such as Whittaker Chambers, Morton Sobell, Morris Childs, and Julia Brown as new information has been declassified by the CIA and the FBI. 

    David Chambers presented “Whittaker Chambers and the Global Network of Great Illegals, 1932-1935.” Jason Roberts presented “An Examination of the Rosenberg Grand Jury Transcripts.” John Fox presented “The FBI’s Eyes on the Communist World: Morris Childs, Cold War Intelligence and the Sino-Soviet Spilt.”

    “The Dueling Loyalties of Cold War Era Spies of the U.S. Government and the Soviet Union” was part of the 2014 meeting of the Society for History in the Federal Government, held at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies.