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Foreign-affairs groupies will remember Anthony Lake as Clinton’s national security advisor from 1993 to 1996. In 1997, Lake was “Borked”—pressured to withdraw his name from nomination—and so did not become director of the CIA; he now teaches at Georgetown University. In his new book, Six Nightmares, Lake outlines hypothetical threats to the United States’ security and analyzes our preparedness to meet them. In the first scenario, Percy Bysshe (the terrorist, not the poet) contaminates the MCI Center with anthrax powder during a Washington Mystics game. Lake offers a panoply of motives for him: a “Blanche DuBois of a mother,” his stupid-ass name, male bonding, the “foreign names and accents” of his colleagues, hate sites on the Internet, ad infinitum. Don’t read this book for the psychology, but for Lake’s insider knowledge of national defense and his own experiences. He’ll read from Six Nightmares and sign copies at 2 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Janet Hopf)