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Breton Peace is an attorney specializing in the representation of domestic and international clients involved in the development of a variety of complex energy, infrastructure, and real estate projects. Bret is a graduate of Stanford University with an undergraduate degree in religious studies, and the University of Michigan Law School where he was the recipient of the school's most prestigious academic scholarship, the Clarence Darrow Award. At Michigan, he also earned awards for highest class mark in the areas of corporate criminality and civil procedure, served as an associate editor for the Journal of Law Reform, and graduated cum laude. Bret's legal work includes a wide range of first-of-a-kind transactions in highly regulated industries such as nuclear energy, federal land management, gaming, and telecommunications. His prior experience includes practice at an international law firm and as in-house counsel for a new build nuclear power plant project in the Middle East. Bret lives in El Cajon, California, with his wife, Noel; his daughter, Elena; and his two sons, August and Ezra. His work takes him regularly to the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Korea. This is his first book. l> Gary Condit was the cofounder and leader of the moderate "Blue Dog" Democrats that held the balance of power in Washington during Bill Clinton's second term. This brief but productive period marks the only time in American history that an organized group of congressional members successfully drove policy around the entrenched partisan interests of the two dominant political parties. Condit's public career began in California. The partnership that made it tick, however, had its roots in an Oklahoma high school where Gary Condit and Carolyn Berry met, fell in love, and began a lifetime relationship that would produce two children, Chad and Cadee. Condit's career path to Washington began as the youngest Vietnam-era mayor in America, and weaved its way through a lost battle with California's legendary self-described "Ayatollah of the Legislature," Speaker Willie Brown. When a political Wall Street scandal erupted in Washington and lead to a local congressman's resignation, Condit had a clear path out of Sacramento and into a new life as a California congressman in DC. As he did in Sacramento, Condit wasted no time before charting his own course on the national stage. He opposed NAFTA, despite intense lobbying from his own district's wine industry and President Clinton himself. He voted against the landmark repeal of Glass-Steagall protections and was one of a handful of members who voted for the first war in Iraq and against the ill-fated second intervention triggered by intelligence community claims of weapons of mass destruction. Condit's conflict with the intelligence community began with the CIA orchestrated intervention in Yugoslavia. In the aftermath of that war, Condit, a member of the House intel committee, was a persistent force in compelling the prosecution of Slobodan Milosevic. Condit was at the apex of a career marked by extraordinary bipartisan influence in both Washington and in the California Capitol. All of that derailed when, in May 2001, Chandra Levy, disappeared. What followed was one of the most bizarre periods of American history. It tested and denied justice to two families, and revealed the ugly underbelly of DC's political, media, and law-enforcement establishments. >

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