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David McCloskey Former CIA Analyst and McKinsey & Company Consultant

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  • Spies and Lies: Inside the Real CIA
  • How to Think About the World Like a CIA Officer

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  • 2023 Moscow X
  • 2021 Damascus Station

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David McCloskey is the author of the novels Moscow X and Damascus Station. His first novel, Damascus Station, was a finalist for the 2022 International Thriller Writer’s award for ‘Best First Novel,’ a Financial Times ‘Best Summer Book of 2022,’ and is in development for television at Lionsgate Entertainment.

David is a former CIA analyst and former consultant at McKinsey & Company. While at the CIA, he wrote regularly for the President’s Daily Brief, delivered classified testimony to Congressional oversight committees, and briefed senior White House officials, Ambassadors, military officials, and Arab royalty. He worked in CIA field stations across the Middle East throughout the Arab Spring and conducted a rotation in the Counterterrorism Center focused on the jihad in Syria and Iraq. During his time at McKinsey, David advised national security, aerospace, and transportation clients on a range of strategic and operational issues.

David holds an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, where he specialized in energy policy and the Middle East. He lives in Texas with his wife and three children.

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