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The Triple Agent: The al-Qaeda Mole who Infiltrated the CIA Hardcover – July 19, 2011
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Bob Baer Reviews The Triple Agent
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.
Praise for The Triple Agent
"Mr. Warrick has reconstructed, in vivid and telling detail, the sequence of events that led Humam al-Balawi to kill seven CIA operatives in a suicide attack in Afghanistan in December 2009....It is a chilling tale, told with skill and verve."
"The Triple Agent is a page turner....It's a must-read for counterterrorism and spy junkies."
"Warrick is a brilliant reporter and a fine writer.... This is as gripping a true-life spy saga as I've read in years."
—Bob Drogin, LA Times
"A riveting, heart-wrenching tale."
—The Washington Post
"[An] accessible and fast-paced debut....[Warrick] gives this story a cinematic feel with suspensful foreshadowing, rich character development...and a remarkable amount of heart."
"Warrick has pieced together a fast-paced and compelling narrative that reads like a Hollywood screenplay. He provides a rare look at the careers and personal lives of CIA officers, including the courageous women who played key roles....Spellbinding."
—The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Insightful and riveting.... Mr. Warrick adds a wealth of new detail to a narrative that reads like the best spy fiction."
—The Washington Times
"The Triple Agent is a spy thriller like no other. Never has such a giant intelligence debacle been chronicled this vividly, this intimately. Riveting and harrowing, laden with deception and duplicity, it is a remarkable, behind-the-curtain account of the CIA’s darkest day in Afghanistan."
—Rajiv Chandrasekaran, author of Imperial Life in the Emerald City
“Absolutely first-rate, breakthrough reporting.”
—Bob Woodward, author of Obama’s Wars
“The Triple Agent is a superlative piece of reporting and writing. Joby Warrick manages to take the reader inside the CIA, Jordanian intelligence, and al-Qaeda. His intimate portraits of intelligence officers and the terrorists they stalk are unforgettable. The Triple Agent is one of the best true-life spy stories I have ever read.”
—David Ignatius, columnist for the Washington Post and author of Bloodmoney
“A startling and memorable account of daring, treachery, and catastrophe in the CIA’s war against al-Qaeda. The deadly buzz of unmanned drones, the fanatical drive of a suicide bomber, and the desperate hopes of the intelligence agents at outpost Khost are drawn together in a powerful and fast-paced story of our time.”
—David E. Hoffman, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Dead Hand
“The Triple Agent is by turns harrowing and heartbreaking, fascinating and frightening. Joby Warrick takes the reader deep inside the CIA’s biggest disaster since September 11, a monumental blunder that allowed an al-Qaeda mole, carrying a thirty-pound bomb, into the agency’s highly secret, frontline outpost along the Afghan border with Pakistan. The blast left seven agency employees dead and many questions unanswered, questions that Warrick skillfully answers in a tale that reads like a thriller and stretches from the dusty back alleys of Waziristan to the plush executive floor at Langley.”
—James Bamford, author of the bestselling The Puzzle Palace, Body of Secrets, and The Shadow Factory
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The author clearly did an extensive amount of research. This is evident by the detailed background information. Not only does the author tell a story, he provides personal details on each person to bring them to life. His assessment of Humam al-Balawi, the bomber, is especially interesting. He was clearly a weak willed yet dedicated ideologue who was manipulated by al-Qaeda. The book has several color photos of the people and Khost compound which are extremely helpful.
Mr. Warrick has succeeded in highlighting the difficulty and danger faced by CIA officers in the field. Bottom line: this book is a gripping story of the fight against terrorists as well as a fitting tribute to the men and women who lost their lives. The reader will certainly come away with an appreciation for the work done by these officers.
This book is excellent.
The author tastefully does not point a finger directly at the person responsible for this tragedy, but he does allude to it and tells the reader who is paying attention the answer. The committees who investigate the incident seem reluctant (as reported here) to point towards the person(s) who allowed standard security procedures to be ignored. Someone has to know who ordered the "agent" to be treated in the unsafe manner he was. Who could honestly come to the conclusion that this "agent" was not a threat, at least on some level? Guaranteed it was not the people in charge of security there or any of the experienced CIA field agents. Could it be that 10 people sacrificed their lives on the altar of political correctness? When you get out on the pointy end of the stick all that matters is experience and competence, no matter what package it comes in. It would appear that the CIA reached that conclusion as well after this tragedy.
That said, security protocols, as mentioned in the book in part, resulted in the deaths of so many.
Having traveled to the Pakistan border May of 2003, then back through Jaji into Salerno (then occupied by the Italians) overnight with a stop at Chapman clearly to me illustrated the awesome austerity of the geography in that part of the world. At that time, the bad guys were re-grouping.
Excellent book with great detail and sensitivity to actually what happened..and how it happened. Unfortunately, lessons learned come very hard for those lost and for their families.