Left of Boom

Left of Boom

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

Book - 2016
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"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.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250081360
125008136X
9781466893214
Branch Call Number: 958.1047 La
Description: 301 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Pezzullo, Ralph

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JBH1957
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).

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marsaccess
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.

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StarGladiator
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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