on 8 September 2013
The Triple Agent, is an informative and entertaining book, however, I can't but feel that the author takes some liberties with his claimed knowledge of the individuals involved. For instance he can't possibly know what Balawi was thinking when he was with the Taliban, so one can assume he second guesses these facts to give the book a greater sense of humanity.
Nevertheless, I would highly recommend this book for those who would like to know more of the events of this catastrophe and embarrassment to the CIA.
on 10 February 2014
The Triple Agent is a captivating thriller. Although it is not an academic book, it is well-worth reading. It tells the true and most disturbing story of Humam al-Balawi from the tragic end (December 30, 2009) to the way it started. The book does not attempt to address big questions. It tells a story in a very engaging way, quite often from the CIA’s point of view. The Triple Agent sheds some light on the relationships between the CIA and the Jordanian Mukhabarat. We learn about the relationships between the USA, Pakistan and Afghanistan. We learn about the US capabilities in fighting al-Queda. The learning is in snapshots; it is not methodological, analytical and comprehensive. But many details are interesting, showing the capabilities and shortcomings of the War on Terror.