Join authors Mark Cymrot, The Case of the Welched Reward, and Ann Hagedorn, Sleeper Agent: The Atomic Spy in America Who Got Away, as they discuss two masters of deceptions, with very different fates. Book signing and reception to follow.
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Mark A. Cymrot is the Leader of BakerHostetler LLP’s International Arbitration and Litigation practice and co-Leader of the International Asset Tracing and Recovery practice. He is the author of more than 30 publications and a frequent speaker on topics drawn from his career in high-stakes US lawsuits and international arbitration. Two of his cases were recently discussed in articles in The New Yorker. His first book, Squeezing Silver, is the story of his role as a young lead counsel in Minpeco SA v. Nelson Bunker Hunt, which was tried in New York federal court in 1988.
Ann Hagedorn is a former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and an award-winning author of six narrative nonfiction books that embrace a broad range of topics and have been highly acclaimed in reviews nationwide. She is a graduate of Denison University and holds master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and Columbia University plus an honorary doctorate from Denison. She has taught writing, as an adjunct professor, at Columbia University, Northwestern University, Xavier University, and Miami University. Her books include Beyond the River: The Untold Story of Heroes of the Underground Railroad, soon to be a film series, and Savage Peace: Hope and Fear in America, 1919.
About the Books
About The Case of the Welched Reward: Reward takes the reader behind the scenes of an international manhunt and an unusual lawsuit that rattled law enforcement in three countries. The story is born out of a real-life spy thriller—the flight of Peru’s notorious National Security chief, Vladimiro Montesinos, who was accused of many crimes that grew to include extra-judicial killings, extortion and stealing a billion dollars in government money. The lawsuit, Jose Guevara v. Republic of Peru, was brought by a Venezuelan spy who claimed Peru’s $5 million reward after he was caught in an FBI sting attempting to extort a Miami banker to release Montesinos’ dirty money. The next day, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez triumphantly announced Montesinos’ capture and extradition to Peru “more quickly than immediately,” followed by a tripartite diplomatic flap over credit for Montesinos’ arrest. What happened in Guevara’s jail cell is an untold story that is the key to whether Guevara earned Peru’s reward. Mark Cymrot, one of America’s leading trial lawyers, took over Peru’s defense after the U.S. Court of Appeals had rebuked Peru for “welch[ing]”—reneging—on its promise to pay Guevara the reward. He uncovered a story that “reads like the latest spy thriller,” according to the appeals court’s second opinion. As this tense story unfolds, Reward provides insights for courtroom spectators into the art of persuasion, strategies for cross-examination, and storytelling.
About Sleeper Agent: This “historical page-turner of the highest order” (The Wall Street Journal) tells the chilling story of an American-born Soviet military-trained spy