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Left of Boom: How a Young CIA Case Officer Penetrated the Taliban and… (edition 2017)

by Douglas Laux (Author)

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"On September 11, 2001, John Smith was a freshman in college, on the path to becoming a doctor. But with the fall of the Twin Towers came a turning point in his life. After graduating he joined the Central Intelligence Agency, determined to get himself to Afghanistan and into the center of the action.… (more)
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Title:Left of Boom: How a Young CIA Case Officer Penetrated the Taliban and Al-Qaeda
Authors:Douglas Laux (Author)
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (2017), Edition: Reprint, 320 pages
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Left of Boom: How a Young CIA Case Officer Penetrated the Taliban and Al-Qaeda by Douglas Laux

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I genuinely can't tell if this is fiction or not. For one this is blatant propaganda for the CIA. Secondly the character writes in a style that is incongruent with his own description of himself.

If it is genuine then I guess this is why everyone hates the CIA. It's staffed by people like this who have no conscience or even self-awareness. As long as they are having a blast and fulfilling their patriotic fantasies the rest of the world can (and will) burn. Unless you're American you're not even considered a human being. I'm sure Americans are glad the CIA is operating outside of their borders because if I had this sort of organisation I'd want it as far away from me as humanly possible too.

The money quote for me was when the main character was being hired and the lady who was interviewing him was complaining to him about his cluelessness and asking him whether he had read any books on the history and operations of the CIA. The main character hadn't which explains a lot of his attitudes and general level of awareness of the world. ( )
1 vote Paul_S | Dec 23, 2020 |
Glad I read this. Talented intelligent young man. Very much a know-it-all, but I can forgive him that. Doug, I'm thankful for your service and hope that what you all are doing for the rest of us didn't ruin the rest of your life. I still don't understand it all over there, but this at least gave me a bit of a POV. ( )
  sydsavvy | Sep 5, 2017 |
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"On September 11, 2001, John Smith was a freshman in college, on the path to becoming a doctor. But with the fall of the Twin Towers came a turning point in his life. After graduating he joined the Central Intelligence Agency, determined to get himself to Afghanistan and into the center of the action.

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