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Author to Speak on Presidential Intelligence Briefings Thursday at Drury

Thursday night, Drury University will host Dr. David Priess, former CIA officer and State Department desk officer. His talk will be on the history of the US president’s daily intelligence briefing—something he experienced firsthand. In his book, The President’s Book of Secrets , Priess gives readers an exclusive look into the president’s daily intelligence briefing and, more importantly, the people behind it. Priess shares stories of events that changed the landscape of global politics. He...

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Thursday night, Drury University will host Dr. David Priess, former CIA officer and State Department desk officer. His talk will be on the history of the US president’s daily intelligence briefing—something he experienced firsthand. 

In his book, The President’s Book of Secrets, Priess gives readers an exclusive look into the president’s daily intelligence briefing and, more importantly, the people behind it.

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