On Wednesday, May 28, The Atlantic gathered an audience of high-level stakeholders for a special Atlantic Exchange book event featuring best-selling authors David Ignatius and Valerie Plame. Ignatius, a prize-winning columnist and author who has covered the Middle East and the CIA for more than 25 years, uses his own experiences in the often murky world of international politics to create stories of deceit and intrigue interwoven with the real-life players. Valerie Plame, a former CIA Covert Operations Officer, wraps her years as a CIA insider into her own stories of suspense, blurring the lines between reality and fiction. In a conversation moderated by The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons, the two authors discussed the future of spycraft in a post-Snowden era, while sharing anecdotes about the people and places that have inspired their novels. Directly following the discussion, attended to a networking reception where they had the opportunity to purchase signed copies of Ignatius’ newest book, The Director, and Plame’s novel, Blowback.
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