Among defense contractors, QinetiQ North America is known for spy-world connections and an eye- popping product line. Its contributions to national security include secret satellites, drones, and software used by U.S. special forces in Afghanistan and the Middle East.
Cortright McMeel, who drew on his work experience in commodities to craft a well-received novel about energy traders angling to make fortunes on terrorism fears and weather forecasts, has died. He was 41.
Vikas Swarup, whose first book was adapted into the movie “Slumdog Millionaire”, and Faramerz Dabhoiwala, the author of an opus on the history of sex lured visitors to Asia’s largest literary festival as organizers avoided Salman Rushdie.
MGM Holdings Inc., the Hollywood studio that exited bankruptcy in 2010, is seeking to complete an initial stock sale before the October release of its next James Bond film, a person with knowledge of the situation said.
At first, Hitler was skeptical. “Couldn’t this be a corpse they have deliberately planted on our hands?” he asked the Luftwaffe chief of staff. But the sensitive military information in the dead man’s briefcase reflected his own fears about the Balkans, so the Fuhrer swallowed the bait and moved some crucial troops to Greece and Sardinia.
James Bond is the unlikely role model for the baby-boomer protagonists of “True Believers,” Kurt Andersen’s brisk and zeitgeisty novel about 1960s radicals and the lives they invented once the counterculture became the culture.