Kot Oti asked:
Why a romantic like Kai Bird, assumes that readers who take their time to read a spy book, need to rummage through 450 pages of which about 150 is pure trivia, gossip and drivel? Why do the sons of the failed U.S policies in the region think that romanticizing the myth of the noble Arab is the right point of view to 'educate" the public on the endless failures of the same decision makers and their servants?
Fr. Peter Calabrese I think it is good to see how the intelligence community actually figures into decision making. Whether you like the policies or not learning about the turning points in history help us to understand and give us a window into a world deeper than headlines and tweets. Obviously the reader still has to read critically.
Ann The lack of knowledge by Americans concerning the Middle East and its politics leads to disastrous mistakes, such as the American invasion of Iraq in 2003. Readers of this book at least will have a better knowledge of the place that's now contributing to thousands of refugees.