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The Triple Agent: the Al-Qaeda Mole Who Infiltrated the CIA Paperback – 30 May 2012

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  • ASIN : 0307742318
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780307742315
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0307742315
  • Customer reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 239 ratings

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"Warrick is a brilliant reporter. . . . A gripping true-life spy saga." --Los Angeles Times

"Riveting and harrowing, laden with deception and duplicity, The Triple Agent 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

"A fast-paced and compelling narrative that reads like a Hollywood screenplay. [Warrick] 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

"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 Economist

"The Triple Agent is a superlative piece of reporting and writing. . . . 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. . . . A powerful and fast-paced story of our time." --David E. Hoffman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Dead Hand

"An extraordinary story of intrigue and betrayal. . . . Warrick shows how the pressure for results led the CIA to take shortcuts when it came to handling an agent who some feared, correctly, was too good to be true." --Foreign Affairs

"Potent, swift. . . . Warrick is very, very good. He burrows deep inside not only the CIA, which might be expected, but also the Mukhabarat and ISI, Pakistan's main spy agency." --The Washington Post

"A fascinating . . . postmortem on the 2009 ambush on the American compound at Knost, Afghanistan. . . . Riveting. . . . Sketches careful, illuminating portraits of those who died." --The Plain Dealer

"Warrick demonstrates the initiative that has marked his newspaper career. . . . An alarming narrative, especially because of its understated, never-shrill tone." --Kirkus Reviews

"Riveting. . . . A must-read." --Associated Press

"Insightful and riveting. . . . Mr. Warrick adds a wealth of new detail to a narrative that reads like the best spy fiction." --The Washington Times

"[An] accessible and fast-paced debut. . . . [Warrick] gives this story a cinematic feel with suspenseful foreshadowing, rich character development . . . and a remarkable amount of heart." --Publishers Weekly

"A grim reminder that the U.S. war on terror as it has been conducted is deadly, expensive, and mostly futile." --Houston Chronicle

"The Triple Agent is by turns harrowing and heartbreaking, fascinating and frightening. . . . . 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

"Were Shakespeare alive, he would find ample material for a high tragedy among the players in . . . The Triple Agent. All the ingredients are there, including betrayal, shame, heroism, and more than one person with a recklessly determined hubris worthy of King Lear himself. Yet as those who have operated in the world of human intelligence will viscerally feel, this is not cathartic fiction, but a factual account of a modern day human intelligence operation gone terribly wrong, involving real men and women, with all the failings thereof." --Foreign Policy

About the Author

JOBY WARRICK covers intelligence for the Washington Post, where he has been a reporter since 1996. He is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and has appeared on CNN, Fox, and PBS.

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