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The Scientist and the Spy: A True Story of China, the FBI, and Industrial Espionage

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A riveting true story of industrial espionage in which a Chinese-born scientist is pursued by the U.S. government for trying to steal trade secrets, by a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction.

In September 2011, sheriff's deputies in Iowa encountered three ethnic Chinese men near a field where a farmer was growing corn seed under contract with Monsanto. What began
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Riverhead Books
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    “A capable work of cat-and-mouse espionage that suggests that industrial spying is just business as usual.” —Kirkus Reviews

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    Note: The copy I have with me is the uncorrected version, which I have won through a raffle by Fully Booked called 20 Reads for 2020. I cannot cite the book as such, and will still have to refer to the officially published version. However, I believe that I somehow have the very skeleton of the book to be released on 04 February 2020.

    The book, despite being a non-fiction account of the case of Hailong Mo, reads like an action-suspense novel. I finished the book in such a short time because I
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    A very interesting read about the growing threat of intellectual espionage and how little of a handle we really have to deal with this emerging threat. The book covers the case of a small Chinese team that is sent to the US for the purpose of stealing new breeds of corn so that China can help feed its enormous population. The Chinese group is basically a bumbling group of individuals who can do little right and the US which seems always a step behind. A really good read that shows how the world ...more
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    Mara Hvistendahl is an award-winning writer and journalist specialized in the intersection of science, culture, and policy. A correspondent for Science magazine, she has also written for Harper’s, Scientific American, Popular Science, The Financial Times, and Foreign Policy, among other publications. Proficient in both Spanish and Chinese, she has spent half of the past decade in China, where she ...more