The International Spy Museum co-sponsors an unusual off-campus book panel at the venerable National Press Club, where presidents, senators, famous actors and actresses, Nobel laureates and other celebrities have enthralled audiences for decades.
Museum Historian Vincent Houghton, a former military intelligence officer, moderates a deep discussion with Curtis J. James, the mysterious author of "High Hand" who had to use a pseudonym for professional reasons. Written over several years, this sophisticated international thriller predicted the rise of an eccentric Republican presidential candidate, the use and misuse of encryption and high-tech software in a White House race, the secret power of Russia and illegal ties to foreign governments.
Joby Warrick, who received the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for "Black Flags: The Rise of Isis," said "High Hand" is "bristling with authentic detail and dizzying plot twists." Fellow Pulitzer Prize author and Washington Post Associate Edtior David Maraniss calls this espionage thriller "an absorbing account of international intrigue" that "feels wholly authentic." Former CIA General Counsel John Rizzo hails it as 'a riveting read that vividly captures the unique culture and ethos of the U.S. spy community.
This event is free and open to the public. LOCATION: National Press Club, 529 14th Street N.W., 13th Floor, Bloomberg Room, 6-8 p.m.
*Author will be available for signing.