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Dan Brown’s Secret Service Legend Debunked

Seth Mnookin, tidying up some loose ends from his Vanity Fair feature on Dan Brown, finally scores convincing evidence that one of Brown’s most familiar anecdotes is probably a lie. Brown has claimed several times that his first novel, Digital Fortress, was inspired by a visit that Secret Service agents paid to Phillips Exeter (where Brown was a teacher) in 1995 to interrogate a student who, as he described it in his witness statement during the Da Vinci Code plagiarism trial, “sent a private email to a friend saying how much he hated President Clinton and how he thought the president should be shot.”

“I looked into this claim and couldn’t find any evidence that the Secret Service had ever visited Phillips Exeter,” Mnookin writes on his blog. “But it took until last week before the Secret Service confirmed that they have no record of the incident Brown claims inspired him.” How do you like that?

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.