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The Scientist and the Spy by Mara Hvistendahl

The Scientist and the Spy

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The Scientist and the Spy by Mara Hvistendahl
Feb 04, 2020 | ISBN 9780735214286
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“Before there was a trade war, there was industrial espionage. To understand today’s fight between the United States and China, you need to understand the seeds of the conflict, and this book is on the money. A nonfiction thriller for our times.” —Ian Bremmer, author of Us Vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism 

The Scientist and the Spy is as compulsively readable as espionage thriller and as darkly troubling as any morality tale. Told with empathy, insight, and remarkable detail, the author shines a clear light on the increasingly relentless federal investigation, its Chinese targets, and the powerful government and business interests that drive the story to its fascinating conclusion.” —Deborah Blum, author of The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Quest for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

“You will learn more about China from this thrilling, real-life drama than you will from a whole stack of China-related books by lesser talents. Mara Hvistendahl has given us an utterly original, provocative, and revealing tale of the relationship between China and the United States—and what a tale it is. Intrepid, humane, and always tough-minded, she writes with the lucid precision of a science writer and the flair of a seasoned spy novelist.” —Evan Osnos, author of Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

“A capable work of cat-and-mouse espionage that suggests that industrial spying is just business as usual.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Mara Hvistendahl is the most fluid of writers and the deepest of reporters, so The Scientist and the Spy unfurls with the style and pace of a thriller, yet it also illuminates a key American national security concern, which is the scale and scope of Chinese industrial espionage in the United States.” —Peter Bergen, author of Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad

The Scientist and the Spy vividly illustrates that things happening in China today can be stranger and more spellbinding than in a thriller. Mara Hvistendahl’s solid research and science background make it such a convincing and thought-provoking book, which is a must-read in the context of the present trade war between the United States and China.” —Qiu Xiaolong, author of Death of a Red Heroine

The Scientist and the Spy is a riveting tale for our times. It addresses some of the most important issues of our era, such as the Chinese drive to innovation in technology and industrial espionage, but does so through all-too-human characters with vulnerabilities, flaws, and often agonizing choices to make. If you enjoyed Bad Blood, you’ll find this fascinating.” —Rana Mitter, author of Modern China: A Very Short Introduction

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