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Mason Press Book Launch: Playfair

Mason Press Book Launch: Playfair

Join us for the Book Launch of Playfair: The True Story of the British Secret Agent Who Changed How We See the World (Mason Press)

William Playfair may be the most famous person you have never heard of. Best known today as the inventor of “statistical graphics”—the line, bar, and pie charts we all use today—Playfair was also a pioneer in strategic analysis, and a secret agent who carried out espionage and subversion against France on behalf of Great Britain.

Playfair: The True Story of the British Secret Agent Who Changed How We See the World is the first book to uncover the full, true account of this remarkable, colorful man—undeniably brilliant, hopelessly flawed, and fundamentally important. Its pages reveal the astounding inventions and adventures of this larger-than-life swashbuckler, rogue, genius, and patriot. “In addition to being a draftsman, inventor, company promoter, land speculator, economist, patriotic pamphleteer and bank-note counterfeiter, Playfair was a secret agent and international conspirator… He was adept at ducking and weaving from the truth, covering his tracks, mystifying his motives, and protecting his sources. Mr. Berkowitz’s Playfair is above all a work of ingenious detection and reconstruction.” —The Wall Street Journal

About the Author: Bruce Berkowitz is the author of several books and articles about national security, history, and international relations. Refreshments will be provided. 

Mason Press Book Launch is co-sponsored by the University Bookstore.

Thursday, March 22, 2018
2:00pm - 3:30pm
2001 Fenwick Library, Main Reading Room
Fairfax Campus
Author/Speaker/Artist Event   Mason Author Series  

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