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Robert Baer is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: Sleeping with the Devil, about the Saudi royal family and its relationship with the United States; and See No Evil, which recounts Baer's years as a top CIA operative. See No Evil was the basis for the acclaimed film Syriana, which earned George Clooney an Oscar for his portrayal of Baer. Baer writes regularly for Time.com and has contributed to Vanity Fair, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. He is considered one of the world's foremost authorities on the Middle East.
I’ve never read a book like this, a detailed and compelling postmortem of an intelligence failure. In a driving narrative Warrick tells the story of how the CIA came to suffer its worst loss ever.
Since Khost I’ve taken more than a passing interest in how precisely the tragedy came about, how more than a dozen CIA operatives let themselves be caught in an ambush like this. Needless to say, my ex-colleagues could talk about nothing else in the months afterwards. But no one could give me the detail that explained it. Warrick’s finally done it, better than any CIA “damage assessment” could ever hope to.
The story of Khost has much wider significance than a tragic event. Warrick paints a picture of a CIA obsessed with technology – drones, iris scans, intercepts. No one at Khost spoke the local language, no one set foot out of base, and the officer in charge had no real field experience. She knew nothing about Afghanistan or Pakistan. Yet she was not only put in charge, she was handed the CIA’s first mole inside al Qaeda - and put in charge of overseeing the assassination of al Qaeda’s number two, Ayman al Zawahari.
The Triple Agent is not only the best book out there on the CIA’s hunt for al Qaeda, it’s the best book on post-9/11 CIA, bar none. Read it.
It was slow to start but it was well worth the read.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who's interested in some of the operations of the CIA and also anyone who enjoys reading about the war on terrorism.
Joby Warrick seems to have done an incredible amount of research and interviews for this book, all of which are appropriately cited/footnoted.
the CIA wanted to believe that this guy would get them to Bin Laden so much that they ignored basic security with horrible resultsPublished 4 days ago by Ruben M. Garcia
This books keeps the reader hooked page after page. I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about the important work that the CIA officers do and the sacrifices... Read morePublished 12 days ago by O.M.
Excellent! So informative! With the turmoil in the world today, this book is a font of knowledge. I highly recommend it.Published 1 month ago by Carolyn E. Terry
This is a fascinating, tragic, cautionary tale. It is a story of zeal (on more than one side), miscalculation (on more than one side), and death (on more than one side). Read morePublished 1 month ago by MoseyOn
Impressed with your rapid service. And the book was good too.Published 1 month ago by William Ferrell
Good except didn't get a clear idea of what the driving forces were and how the group functioned. Guess that I expected more insights.along with the recounting of the events.Published 2 months ago by Kate --Cook & Reader
A good read. It is an eye opener about leaders that don't use the strengths of their subordinates. It is also a good lesson in government officials that want something so bad... Read morePublished 2 months ago by M