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Agents of Innocence: A Novel Paperback – September 17, 1997
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“An unparalleled and hauntingly accurate portrait of how the intelligence game is really played.” (Bob Woodward)
“A first-rate achievement in the best tradition of Graham Greene.” (Los Angeles Times)
“One of the best of all American spy novels…It resonates with the fraught work of making clandestine contacts with today's murderous extremists.” (Stephen Grey - The Guardian)
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The tale is set primarily in the labyrinthine world of Lebanon in the 1970's and 1980's, and follows the career of the fictional CIA case officer, Tom Rogers. When Rogers arrives in Beirut, it is September 1969, the eve of the tragic implosion of cosmopolitan Lebanon. By the conclusion of the story, terrorists have brought the nation to its knees. Throughout it all, Rogers desperately tries to keep from being overcome by events as he develops "assets"-and relationships-in an attempt to keep tabs on the growing threat of militant radicalism. If you know your history, then I don't have to tell you that this is a tragic tale.
The author draws heavily from his experience covering the growth of terrorism in Lebanon for the Washington Post. To an extent, the book is a fictionalization of life of real-world CIA man, Robert Ames. Purportedly, this novel is on the reading list at "The Farm" (the CIA's training ground at Camp Peary near Williamsburg, VA), and CIA Director George Tenet himself recommended this book in an interview on NPR several years ago. On top of that, it also does an admirable job of making sense (as far as possible) of the wild and varied religious, cultural and political forces operating in the region today.
That being said, this is fiction, not journalism; while the history it covers is essentially true, it would be a good idea to do some non-fiction reading as well if you want to more fully understand the Middle East picture. Still, the glimpse it gives of life in the field is fascinating, and as entertainment it is an excellent read.Read more ›
It is a fantastic read with a blending of history, fact and fiction. The author's knowledge of the Middle East, the players, and their ancient battles for this ancient land was very similar to LeCarre's grasp of the Cold War.
What struck me over the head was the powerful letter from the agent to a former case officer at the end -- although the book was written 20 years ago, it could have been written yesterday!
From beginning to end nothing can be assumed in this book. It gave a very realistic feel to the spy game and to middle east politics. Though it takes places years ago the story could have taken place today. It's sad to see how little has changed in this area of the world.
Agents of Innocence gives the reader a inside look at the geopolitics of the middle east and how the CIA, Mossad, Fatah and other groups operate and interoperate. Very good morale tale, and ending. I just loved it. Thanks David for a great book and some very fine writing and for my friends who gave it to me as a christmas present.
How well you know I'd love this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good spy book. Lots of tense moments where stuff could go wrong too easily. As an added bonus, the reader gets a good idea of why peace in the Middle East will be so hard to... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Perfectly dead on. Ignatius today continues to explain what we are doing but very few people care to listen or, sadly, understand.Published 1 month ago by Robert Steck
I decided to read this book after watching an interview between former CIA Directors James Woolsey and Michael Hayden. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Whitfield
Didn't know anything about this book when I started it and it turned out to be the best book I've read about the CIA and the Middle East. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bulldog
Great read , very informative in a historical review. No wonder there's no peace in LeabonPublished 5 months ago by kenny gibson
I am a fan of David Ignatius twice a week column in the Washington Post. I have just finished reading the first book by the writer. A terrific book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ranga
The story is not a story but rather a synopsis of the middle-east crisis of the 70's. Historians might enjoy the summary of a very complicated time in history in the form of this... Read morePublished 5 months ago by ML
Great read if you like Middle East intrigue. And if you don't, it's still very good.Published 7 months ago by Jeff Gilliard