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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.
The book is very well written, holds interest, and should be widely read.
Joby Warrick seems to have done an incredible amount of research and interviews for this book, all of which are appropriately cited/footnoted.
While most of The Triple Agent is well-documented, here and there Warrick did engage in speculation.
I would never have bought this book if the cover had not said, "The Al-Qaeda Mole Who Infiltrated the CIA." This is hardly about an infiltration as I think of it. Read morePublished 9 days ago by R. Hake
Well written and intriguing account of modern counterterrorism and a most tragic event that should be remembered by all Americans.Published 14 days ago by Dave
The details are worth the entire book and the story makes them live The writing is superb. It's worth a Pulitzer.Published 1 month ago by Brent
Told without any bias, an factual page-turner that tells what happened in a way that keeps the reader engaged.
One hopes the lessons-learned have indeed been learned.
Someday, a movie will be made about two careerists who annihilated each other, like matter and anti-matter. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
This book is about the Jordanian, a so-called al-Qaeda infiltrator, who killed a group of CIA personnel and others in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan in 2009. It reads well. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Matthew J. Brennan