Left of Boom

Left of Boom

How A Young CIA Case Officer Penetrated the Taliban and Al-Qaeda

Book - 2016
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The explosive New York Times bestseller!

On September 11, 2001, Doug Laux 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. Through persistence and hard work he was fast-tracked to a clandestine operations position overseas. Dropped into a remote region of Afghanistan, he received his baptism by fire. Frustrated by bureaucratic red tape, a widespread lack of knowledge of the local customs and culture and an attitude of complacency that hindered his ability to combat the local Taliban, Doug confounded his peers by dressing like a native and mastering the local dialect, making contact and building sources within several deadly terrorist networks. His new approach resulted in unprecedented successes, including uncovering the largest IED network in the world, responsible for killing hundreds of US soldiers. Meanwhile, Doug had to keep up false pretenses with his family, girlfriend and friends--nobody could know what he did for a living--and deal with the emotional turbulence of constantly living a lie. His double life was building to an explosive resolution, with repercussions that would have far reaching consequences.

Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2016, ©2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250081360
Branch Call Number: 958. 10478 LAU L
Characteristics: 301 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : colour illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Pezzullo, Ralph - Author


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Jan 09, 2019

Recommendation from Jason Mills

Jul 02, 2018

On my third try, I was able to push through to complete this book, despite the distracting and often annoying redactions. Overall I found it an interesting read, and I would be interested to know what Afghanistan campaign veterans think of it -- and specifically what they think of the redactions themselves (some of which, especially geographic ones, seemed pointlessly self evident to me).

Jun 11, 2016

I heard the author on the radio and found him interesting. Gave up on the book after 90 pages. I understand that the CIA asked for extensive edits for security reasons; there are so many redactions / heavy black bars on the pages that I couldn't settle in and read. I think having a good editor and an explanation that there were heavy edits would have been more effective.

Mar 06, 2016

Given the dominance of the Taliban and ISIS in Afghanistan today, he must not of done much of a competent job there?

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