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Spies, Lies and Intelligence: The Shadowy World of International Espionage

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John Sullivan

For 31 years, John Sullivan served as a polygraph examiner, team leader and recruiter in the CIA’s polygraph division. During the Vietnam War, he was regarded as one of the agency’s top examiners and conducted more tests than any other CIA agent. He is the author of "Of Spies and Lies: A CIA Lie Detector Remembers Vietnam," and "Gatekeeper: Memoirs of a CIA Polygraph Examiner."

Carol Bessette

Carol Bessette is a retired U.S. Air Force intelligence officer and a Vietnam veteran. For 15 years, Carol was a docent at the Hillwood Museum and Gardens. She specializes in teaching the history of Washington, D.C., the Civil War, First Ladies, African American history, and is known for her tremendous knowledge of the espionage sites throughout the nation’s capital.

John Bessette

John Bessette earned an aeronautical engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and was hired by Boeing upon graduation. He received navigator and navigator-bombardier training, serving in Virginia, Tennessee, Germany and Vietnam. John later became an intelligence officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency and NATO, and acted as a civilian intelligence analyst on Soviet military and civil air transport.

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