Agents of Innocence

Agents of Innocence

by David Ignatius


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A "superlative spy novel" (New York Times) by the author of the bestselling espionage thrillers Body of Lies and The Director.

Agents of Innocence is the book that established David Ignatius's reputation as a master of the novel of contemporary espionage. Into the treacherous world of shifting alliances and arcane subterfuge comes idealistic CIA man Tom Rogers. Posted in Beirut to penetrate the PLO and recruit a high-level operative, he soon learns the heavy price of innocence in a time and place that has no use for it.

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ISBN-13: 9780393317381
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/1997
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 386,105
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

David Ignatius is a prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post and has been covering the Middle East and the CIA for nearly three decades. He has written several New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Director. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Agents of Innocence 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
RSRS More than 1 year ago
I read David Ignatius' 2007 book, Body of Lies, and was so impressed that I sought out his previous books. Even though Agents of Innocence was written over 20 years ago, it's still an excellent guide to the problems and political machinations in the Middle East Agents of Innocence reveals the factors that contributed to Lebanon's downfall; provides insights into how the CIA (and other spy services) works; and is a rollicking, good story about politics, spying, and terrorism. I had to special order this book, as it was not in stock, but it was well worth the wait.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm embarassed to confess a preference for reading that confirms my beliefs or suspicions. This excellent spy thriller confirms my personal opinion that peace in the Near and Middle East will continue to be beyond our reach as long as so many have so much invested in conflict. -- catwak
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book not knowing much about the Lebanon situation, and Beirut and places of that nature. I had an idea of how the CIA would operate and a general idea of the US tactics in dealing with other countries. This book did a good job of showing how intelligence is gathered, how surveillance is made and how groupthink and political brass often times blurs the dealings with other countries. I liked the main character, the intelligence officer Rogers, but then I question the authors development of Rogers because some of his actions went against what Ignatius orginally portrayed Rogers as. I enjoyed the Arab characters Fuad and Jamal, their views opened my eyes a bit more to how their people operate in their country and how they view the US. The pacing of this book could of been much better, as others have commented events in this book were predictable. I feel the storyline dragged on at many times and the end of the book was more of the climax in the last few pages. However Fuads reasoning for all the events in the end was on point and still applies today.
4u1solo More than 1 year ago
As an aspiring author I bought this book based on the author's reputation, the genre and the need to check my own sense of "pacing" of a novel. I also was interested in character development, character details depth and rate of revelation. With Roger I felt I had a full sense of him at the onset. He performs in a creditable and predictable manner. What I came to expect with my years of federal service. The location descriptions were a bit brief but did gather up the unique flavor of Beirut that I feel I know.. I'm sure someone with no knowledge of conditions there would have a much better understanding of the way it was and the why of it. The spy part seems to be mixed too casually with the State Dept.s day to day affairs; and, to be sure, so closely wrapped into the American Embassy. It is a foregone that anything close to or associated with a countries Embassy will be suspect. I read it and I liked it. I really thought the best part was the Arab characters, their motivations and the ambivalence of life in the near east. Although this novel doesn't "say it" it does show the utter stupidity of the U.S. government decisions and processes which mix military with civil politics in a manner sure to result in almost casual military death and injury.
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That's all!
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Thinking now in 2018, this story is not fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fine read.
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