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New York Times Reporter to Discuss CIA History at Book Club

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner will discuss his book, "Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA," during the Fontbonne University/KMOX Book Club, May 30, from 9 - 11 a.m. at Drury Hotels and Bartolino's Osteria (Clifton Ballroom), at the corner of Hampton Ave. and Highway 44.

The event is free but reservations are required. Call 314-444-1827 or e-mail cwbrennan@cbs.com, leave your name and phone number and reference the "May" book club to reserve a spot today.

According to the publisher, Weiner offers the first definitive history of the CIA -and everything is on the record. "Legacy of Ashes" is based on more than 50,000 documents, primarily from the archives of the CIA itself, and hundreds of interviews with CIA veterans, including 10 directors of central intelligence. It takes the CIA from its creation after World War II, through its battles in the Cold War and the War on Terror, to its near-collapse after 9/ll.

Weiner's past work on the CIA and American intelligence was hailed as "impressively reported" and "immensely entertaining" in The New York Times. The Wall Street Journal called it "truly extraordinary . . . the best book ever written on a case of espionage." Here is the hidden history of the CIA: why 11 presidents and three generations of CIA officers have been unable to understand the world; why nearly every CIA director has left the agency in worse shape than he found it; and how these failures have profoundly jeopardized our national security.