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My favorite Ken Silverstein story concerns the time he created a phony corporation—the Miami-based United Broadcasting Corp.—so that he could send checks to two congressman who were running for re-election. Silverstein’s idea was to get himself invited to fundraising parties—and thus collect material for a book-length expose of the Washington lobbying scene. In his new book, Private Warriors, Silverstein—a veteran journalist for such left-leaning venues as the Nation and Mother Jones—turns his sights on the cold warriors who keep the military-industrial complex humming along. One chapter lays bare the private companies that provide mercenaries and military training around the world. Silverstein goes on to regale readers with the story of how Nazis and Nazi sympathizers have managed to become an integral part of the arms-manufacturing and brokering scene. Silverstein reads from Private Warriors at 7 p.m. at Olsson’s Books & Records, 1200 F St. NW. Free. (202) 347-3686. (Louis Jacobson)