” The secret of any kind of reporting is to go with a guide. So if you, you’re going to see Hezbollah in Beirut, you go with someone who knows the local people, and you’ll be fine. “


” Machiavelli did believe that it was better to appear to be good than to be good. If you’re good, you’re just too vulnerable, but if you appear to be good, you get all the benefits plus you can be sneaky and, when necessary, stab someone in the back. “


” If you walk into the front hallway of the CIA, you will see, on your left, a statue of William ‘Wild Bill’ Donovan. Bill Donovan was the person who created the OSS, the Office of Strategic Services, which was America’s spy agency during World War II and then kind of morphed into what’s now the CIA. “


” The truth is, as you know, people like us look at what’s happening in the world, and then we project it forward. We think, ‘If I know A and B, then I’ve got to know that C and D are coming,’ and that’s kind of the way it’s been with my fiction. “


” As so many writers know, the experience of creating an imaginary world is closer to dreaming than it is to normal, grit-your-teeth work. It’s preconscious rather than conscious. Ideas fall into your head, and the book writes you, rather than the other way around. “



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The secret of any kind of reporting is to go with a guide. So if you, you
Machiavelli did believe that it was better to appear to be good than to be good. If you
If you walk into the front hallway of the CIA, you will see, on your left, a statue of William
The truth is, as you know, people like us look at what
As so many writers know, the experience of creating an imaginary world is closer to dreaming than it is to normal, grit-your-teeth work. It

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