Bookwarming - Mara Hvistendahl's "The Scientist and the Spy: A True Story of China, the FBI, and Industrial Espionage"
Mara Hvistendahl is a Pulitizer Prizer runner-up writer in non-fiction. She chronicles an FBI investigation that begins with the September 2011 trespassing inquiry of Chinese nationals in an Iowa cornfield into a two-year FBI operation in which investigators bugged the men’s rental cars, used a warrant intended for foreign terrorists and spies, and flew surveillance planes over corn country. Science magazine in reviewing the book noted "If there is a subplot that makes this book essential reading, especially for those working in the sciences today, it is Hvistendahl’s documentation of the disturbing effects that the too-vigorous pursuit of industrial spies has had on Chinese scientists and engineers in the United States.”
We will hear all sides of the story, first from the author herself, and then with commentary from the FBI agent who conducted the investigation tand is chronicled in the book (Mark Betten), the Dupont IP lawyer who supported the investigation (Jen Johnson). a leading trade secret lawyer (Jim Pooley), and BCLT's own China specialist Mark Cohen.