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

The Scientist and the Spy: A True Story of China, the FBI, and Industrial Espionage A riveting true story of industrial espionage in which a Chinese born scientist is pursued by the US government for trying to steal trade secrets, by a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in nonfictionIn September , 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 as a simple trespassing inquiry mushroomed 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 all in the name of protecting trade secrets of corporate giants Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer In The Scientist and the Spy,Hvistendahl gives a gripping account of this unusually far reaching investigation, which pitted a veteran FBI special agent against Florida resident Robert Mo, who after his academic career foundered took a questionable job with the Chinese agricultural company DBN and became a pawn in a global rivalryIndustrial espionage by Chinese companies lies beneath the United States recent trade war with China, and it is one of the top counterintelligence targets of the FBI But a decade of efforts to stem the problem have been largely ineffective Through previously unreleased FBI files and her reporting from across the United States and China, Hvistendahl describes a long history of shoddy counterintelligence on China, much of it tinged with racism, and questions the role that corporate influence plays in trade secrets theft cases brought by the US government The Scientist and the Spy is both an important exploration of the issues at stake and a compelling, involving read


About the Author: Mara Hvistendahl

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 has reported on everything from archaeology to Beijing s space program.



10 thoughts on “The Scientist and the Spy: A True Story of China, the FBI, and Industrial Espionage

  1. says:

    What makes a bad book bad This is a classic example The author has an interesting premise and has mastered the mechanics of writing but the finished product leaves you wishing she had written a journal article instead of a book.She had an interesting story to tell but the book goes wildly off the rails when she begins to include personal anecdotes in


  2. says:

    In 1876, Englishman Henry Wickham smuggled rubber tree seeds out of theultimately ending Brazil s rubber boom The stolen seeds were successfully germinated, leading to the British establishing rubber plantations in Malaya that broke Brazil s monopoly and sent the states of as and Par into rapid decline The Opera House in Manaus, capital of as, is a melanchol


  3. says:

    Finished Absolutely wild Super thought provoking Def hoping to continue to follow this story in the news thank you again to riverheadbooks for the free copy I ll be thinking about this one for awhile


  4. says:

    Hvistendahl presents a thoroughly researched and engaging account of a case of economic espionage against a Chinese citizen She does an excellent job factually breaking down the components of the case while providing background and context that caution the US against being overzealous in its application of law enforcement methods However, the overall message of this book br


  5. says:

    Simple story, biased author, not worth the timeThis is a pretty straightforward story of Chinese spying that could have been told in one chapter Author seems to have little problem with Chinese espionage Disappointing book and the author s bias was evendisappointing.


  6. says:

    As a retired FBI agent who worked both foreign counterintelligence against China and Economic Espionage cases, I found this book fascinating I did not know of this particular case before reading the book, and have no preconceived notions about the case itself The prose flows smoothly here with the author s engaging style Her research is good but I got the impression there was a slight pro


  7. says:

    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 Hailon


  8. says:

    Who knew spying about corn could be so interesting I now know a lotabout corn than I should know, or need to know But we live for those moments don t we.


  9. says:

    This gripping true account of the attempt by the FBI to stop the theft of agricultural trade secrets by a group from China also deals with the related issue of racial profiling in U.S crime enforcement.


  10. says:

    The bias demonstrated by the author comes through clearly which casts some doubt on how true is this True Story of China When Nancy Pelosi implores Europe to avoid Chinese technology I begin to wonder what she has learned from security sources in camera For me, Pelosi has lots of integrity The book is, however, well written and presents its case forcefully, especially on the impact on US business and citizens.


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