Leslie Maitland is a writer and former award-winning reporter and national correspondent for The New York Times who specialized in legal affairs and investigative reporting. After breaking stories on the FBI’s undercover “Abscam” inquiry into corruption in Congress, she moved to The New York Times Washington Bureau to cover the Justice Department. Among other projects since leaving The Times, she began extensive research for this nonfiction book, including five reporting trips to Europe, one to Cuba, and another to Canada. A graduate of the University of Chicago and the Harvard Divinity School, she has regularly appeared on the Diane Rehm Show on NPR to discuss literature. The mother of a son and daughter, Maitland lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and a 12-pound Cockapoo named Thisbe. She has presented illustrated programs on Crossing the Borders of Time to audiences nationwide and connects with book clubs over Skype.