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The guest is Barry Eisler. He’s the author of several bestselling thrillers, the most recent of which is The Detachment, which caused a stir in publishing earlier this year when Eisler turned down a six-figure deal from St. Martin’s and decided instead to strike out on his own and self-publish—before eventually winding up with an exclusive deal at Amazon.
Topics of conversation include: media filters, government, the Kodokan, Jon Stewart, drone strikes, manipulation of language, Anwar al-Alaki, Jose Padilla, due process, legacy publishers, Glenn Greenwald, the CIA, intelligence, Scott Horton, publishing, J.A. Konrath, brand consciousness, retarding the growth of digital, and Amazon.