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Agents of Innocence
Title : Agents of Innocence
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ISBN : 9780393317381
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 448

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 placeAgents 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.


Agents of Innocence Reviews

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    ”Gaze not too long into the abyss, lest the abyss gaze back at you.” Beyond Good and Evil Nietzsche But before there was an abyss in Lebanon there was this:Lebanon’s Liberal past. Will it ever return? Photo circa 1965.Tom Rogers is a CIA agent working out of the Beirut offices in Lebanon in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He is trying to establish useful contacts that will help the CIA to continue to protect American lives around the world. Lebanon is a mix of cultures divided by religious [...]

  • Arun Divakar

    A piece of paper with a few dots on it. There is no pattern to the dots, they are random on the pristine whiteness of the sheet. Start drawing lines connecting them without a thought as to where they will go. There, that should about do it. All crisscrossed with no idea as to what goes where.This roughly could be a very juvenile representation of how the intelligence agencies of the world work. Somebody comes across a piece of information that they do not know how to use, they send it over to so [...]

  • Amy

    I actually picked this book up because it was there and I had nothing better to do, otherwise I never would have read a story about the CIA and Lebanon in the 70's but OMG, it was really, really good! I got so wrapped up in how the CIA operative went about scouting out his Lebanese agents and carrying out his mission in a very turbulent time in the Middle East. The story is fiction but many of the events that take place are factual, which helps make the story feel more "real." It was really fasc [...]

  • Cropredy

    Here is the fundamental problem with this book: The author would rather take you through years of Middle East history, especially in Lebanon between 1969 and 1983, while weaving in characters caught up in the events who are neither heroes nor villains. The story is less driven by plot and more driven by the historical timeline. One would think with the rich subject of Black September, the CIA, the Mossad, the Deuxieme Bureau, and others that a John le Carre or Gerald Seymour type story could be [...]

  • Stan

    A longtime Le Carre fan, I am always up for a good spy book. This is a very good one, similar to Le Carre in some ways, particularly in its ring of authenticity and its Hardy-esque feeling that things are going to end badly. Also as is often the case in Le Carre's books, the central characters are innocent, idealistic people drawn into a world where innocence and idealism are weaknesses to be trampled or exploited. Ignatius' writing is uncluttered and direct, with crisp declarative sentences. Lo [...]

  • Nancy

    I thought this was very interesting, even more so after finding it was based on fact. Written in 1987, it tells the story of a CIA agent based in Beirut in the 1970s and early 1980s, and his recruitment of a man who creates the Black Septemberists who were responsible for the kidnapping and killing of the Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics, among other acts of violence and terror. The title Agents of Innocence, an apt description of Americans and their (our) dealings with foreign countries, a [...]

  • Richard

    Except for the really poorly written female characters, and a touch of naivete evidenced by the title, this is a spy novel that puts most others to shame. Pre-9/11 middle east - Lebanon to be exact, and filled with all the turmoil, double-dealing, trade-craft, and (my latest favorite word) mayhem, that you'd expect from the region. David Ignatius knows his subject well, plots very well, and writes more intelligently than you'd expect from anyone save le Carre. Looking forward to a few more by Mr [...]

  • Alan Brehm

    This is an amazing story because it is based on real events that occurred in the CIA's operations in Beirut leading up to the bombing of the American embassy, including the recruitment of the PLO's director of intelligence. Mr. Ignatius tells the story as a novelist, not a journalist, but it is a fascinating read because it also has the ring of truth due to his work uncovering the facts behind the story. This is the first novel I've read by him, and I'm looking forward to reading more!

  • João Duarte

    Este é um livro que nos fala do conflito israelo-árabe e, mais concretamente, das transformações políticas do Líbano de setenta e do conhecido episódio dos Jogos Olímpicos de 1972, nos quais o grupo terrorista Setembro Negro assassinou vários membros da delegação israelita."Os Agentes da Inocência" retrata o ambiente político do Líbano de então, bem como o delicado equilíbrio da política externa norte-americana, com óbvios interesses em manter os israelitas como aliados, mas ta [...]

  • Rosemary

    This was the first of David Ignatius's books. To relive what was going on in the 1970s as far as the Middle East was concerned was enlightening. It was difficult for me to really "get into" this book, but I'm glad I hung in there. The last half of the book became what I call a "satisfying page turner". Funny, but when I finished this book which, again, took place in the 70s, it struck me that nothing has changed. It's the same discourse today as it was then. His last book that I read, "Bloodmone [...]

  • Marylouise Dreibelbis

    I love a well researched book, a fictional account of events in our history. This book certainly fits the bill, the characters carefully brought to life and dreading the end when you knowwhat happened but you need to find out how.My only fault with this book and others by David Ignatus are his gratuitous attempts at family and/ or sexual events. Either drop them or flesh them out, they served no real purpose only left unanswered questions.Excluding that I loved the book and cheerfully read every [...]

  • Zbegniew

    I never give 5 Star reviews, but I could not help myself. The book is espionage fiction, but it reads much more like LeCarre than Ian Fleming. It is set primarily in the Beruit of the early 70's and that country's slow descent into anarchy. The protagonist is a CIA agent, but there are plenty of fascinating characters including Arabs, Israelis, Europeans and the Lebonese themselves. So many talented, honorable people trying to do what is right and they end up slowly, but surely, destroying the v [...]

  • Julie

    This is one of those books that changes your perception of what is going on in the Middle East. While it is a work of fiction, I learned a lot about how things are not so black and white in the world of espionage and intelligence. It was wonderfully written and the characters were very real, making the story realistic. I would have given this 4 1/2 stars if I could. I can't wait to read more by this well-respected journalist. Who would have thought he was such an accomplished and entertaining au [...]

  • Sarah

    This is a great spy novel set in Beirut in 70's and 80's. For those who have read Tom Friedman's 'From Beirut to Jerusalem", this is a companion piece, and in fact, Friedman and Ignatius were both journalists in Beirut in the early 80's. In addition to the mystery and intrigue it is a fascinating but depressing look at the cultural differences between Arabs and Americans that have made diplomacy so hard. The CIA commented on this book by saying."it is novel, but it is not fiction."

  • Dennis

    About half way through this book I checked the jacket notes to make sure I was really reading a novel and not a true story. It sure felt true! Very well written (4.5 would be my actual rating). If you like spy novels, check this one out.

  • Sam Klemens

    There may be certain authors, Ernest Hemingway, Saul Bellow, Cormac McCarthy, who are preternaturally good. They were given some special sauce at birth and no matter how hard the other 99.99% of people try, they'll never write a book on the same level as one of these legends. However, for everyone else, there is hope. A book with a great plot, excellent pacing and beautiful flow can still be written. It may not be Henderson the Rain King or Blood Meridian, but it will still knock your socks off. [...]

  • Louise Yarnall

    A retrospective look at the CIA operation in Beirut, Lebanon, from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. It depicts the relationship between buttoned-down officer Tom Rogers and his surly station chief, Hoffman, and Rogers’ efforts to recruit and sustain an agent in the terrorist wing of the Palestinian Liberation Organization. It shows how spies for ostensibly friendly nations, like Israel and the U.S can work at cross purposes, and how staying close to the enemy can ensure some measure of self [...]

  • Kem White

    "Agents of Innocence" is a very good spy novel with a dash of historical fiction. It weaves the history of the PLO and Arab-Israeli relations of the 60s/70s into an exciting story involving the CIA station in Beirut. This is a great book for fans of intrigue. Less good if you want a shoot-'em-up. Highly recommended for spy novel fans.

  • Mike Steinharter

    really good espionage novel, but more than that - Ignatius gives us what feels like real insights into the Middle East in the 1970s, when terrorism was born and bred and the CIA struggled with what to do about it. His characters were interesting and the themes are serious, not facile. I enjoyed this book.

  • Analuabc

    Nunca tinha lido nada do autor, por isso este foi o livro de introdução ao estilo e temática. Interessante a história e faz-nos preocupar com as personagens. Que podem areditar vão passar por muitos mau bocados. História bastante realista de espiões e intrigas, com as devidas explosões e tiroteios e mortes quando é preciso. É assustador pensar que algo assim acontece mesmo.

  • Stacy Bearse

    This is a remarkable first novel by espionage expert David Ignatius. Plotted in the mold of Graham Greene and John LeCarre, "Agents of Innocence" is a story of recruitment and betrayal, of conviction and charade, and of religious differences that have divided the mid-east since time the crucifixion of Christ. The book was written in 1987, and remains highly relevant to this day.

  • Jack Goodstein

    Spies in the middle east in the 1970's--more focused on a whole overview than one specific incident. Sometimes the narrative is a bit clunky.

  • David Clark

    This was my first David Ignatius novel and I was not disappointed. A spy novel in the La Carré mode, plus a short history of Lebanon. An excellent read.

  • Opa

    This is the first Ignatius book that I read and the first he wrote. It was tediously boring. I will try one more of his books to see if anything changes for the better with his writing.

  • Alan

    Excellent read

  • Sheri

    A combination of Daniel Silva (without Gabriel, the rock star of spies/intelligence agents) and Olen Steinhauer. A fine and entertaining spy tale.

  • Mrunalini Dighe

    Intriguing, fascinating story, makes you think more each time. perfect in portraying the real-life events right up to figuring out the psychological conclusions behind it.

  • Frank Stein

    I read this book because former CIA directors Michael Hayden and James Woolsey said it was the single best spy novel out there, which they both recommended to young CIA recruits. It has much to recommend it. Instead of James Bondish antics, the book focuses on the difficult minutiae of finding safe houses, making dead drops, cultivating sources, transcribing interviews, securing agency funding, writing memos on recruited agents and classifying them, and so on. (There's a whole section on writing [...]

  • Cade

    This is now the third David Ignatius book I've read. I'm starting to see a pattern. The book contains an interesting and relatively believable account of CIA officers and their counterparts going about the business of recruiting and running agents. The events progress, and then there is a sudden wrap-up which doesn't really seem to resolve anything and seems to imply that all the events of the book were sort of a self-canceling series of problems that ended up having little net effect on the wor [...]

  • Rebecca

    I picked this book out at the library when none of the books that I had reserved had come in yet. I was doing a spell out challenge and needed an "I" so I looked through the stacks until I found authors with the last name beginning with the letter "I". I love spy movies but haven't read a spy novel in quite some time. I am very glad that I read this book. It wasn't the easiest book to read because of all of the names of people and towns in Lebanon and the rest of the Arab world but it was well w [...]