The Triple Agent : The Al-Qaeda Mole Who Infiltrated the CIA
by Joby Warrick

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More About The Triple Agent by Joby Warrick
  • ISBN-13: 9780385534185
  • ISBN-10: 0385534183
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books
  • Publish Date: September 2011
  • Page Count: 244

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-06-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

Warrick, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist for the Washington Post, untangles the knotty story of Humam Khalil al-Balawi, the Jordanian al-Qaeda double agent responsible for the 2009 suicide bombing of a facility in Khost, Afghanistan, in this accessible and fast-paced debut. A rising star in American espionage, al-Balawi had seemed to insinuate himself into the highest levels of al-Qaeda with remarkable swiftness and ease and had committed to assassinating Osama Bin Laden's deputy. Instead, his real mission was accomplished when he detonated a bomb strapped to his chest, killing seven CIA operatives, the agency's greatest loss of life in decades. Warrick builds a case for the military and institutional miscommunications that failed to sniff out al-Balawi's deceptions with meticulous detail and the atmosphere of a political thriller. While he introduces a who's who of terrorist figures and organizations and ably conveys the high-pressure world of international espionage in the bureaucracy of the CIA, he also gives the story a cinematic feel with suspenseful foreshadowing, rich character development—especially of the murdered agents and their families—and a remarkable amount of heart. (Aug.)

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