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Meet the Legendary Director Michael Mann in Conversation with Journalist Elaine Shannon -

Discussing “Hunting Leroux”

Director Michael Mann is known for his award-winning work like The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Heat (1995), The Insider (1999) and much more. Now he's taking on the publishing world with Michael Mann Books. The director visits CORE: to debut his imprint's first book: "Hunting Leroux" by investigative journalist Elaine Shannon.

Shannon takes a deep dive into the shadowy world of Paul Leroux, the twisted genius and killer who brought revolutionary innovation to international crime, and delivers the exclusive inside story of the secretive DEA unit that brought him down. 

Paul Calder Leroux, a brilliant and lethal tech genius, is the criminal world’s premier innovator, the first kingpin to build a disruptive organized crime model introducing cutting-edge principles of twenty-first century entrepreneurship to the dark and deadly side of the global economy. His story conveys the power of a new form of transnational organized crime to wreak havoc on an unstable world.

For years, as he accumulated wealth and influence, LeRoux used his skills in the digital world to remain a ghost, appearing only as faint blip on the radar of law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Now, investigative journalist Elaine Shannon, the New York Times best-selling author and acclaimed veteran correspondent for Time and Newsweek, brings us into uniquely close proximity with LeRoux’s landscape of shadows, where international crime intersects with terrorists, insurgencies and rogue nations. She tells a story unlike any other – about the man who revolutionized transnational organized crime for the Innovation Age, and the agents of the DEA’s most secretive unit, who tracked and outwitted him.

About Michael Mann
As a legendary director, screenwriter, and producer, four-time Academy Award nominee Michael Mann has established himself as one of the most innovative and influential filmmakers in American cinema. Mann wrote and directed Manhunter (1986), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Heat (1995), The Insider (1999), Ali (2001), Miami Vice (2006), Collateral (2004), Public Enemies (2009) and, most recently, Blackhat (2015). As a producer, Mann’s work includes Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator (2004), Hancock (2008), Texas Killing Fields (2011), and the HBO series Luck (2011) and Witness (2012).

About Hudson Union Society:
The Hudson Union is one of New York City's most celebrated institutions that provides a special intimate place where leaders connect directly with the public. The Hudson Union is known as an essential cultural force with an eclectic range of leaders regularly visiting, speaking unfiltered, and challenging conventional beliefs.