Left of Boom

Left of Boom

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

Book - 2016 | First edition
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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
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781250081360
Branch Call Number: 958.1047 LAUX
Characteristics: 301 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 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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