Left of Boom

by Douglas Laux

Quick take

Laux's not necessarily a guy you like, but his forceful, unrelenting nature makes him a compulsively entertaining narrator.

Why I love it

When you think "CIA agent," do you imagine someone like Jason Bourne? A rough and tumble guy who's constantly on the run, avoiding detection and setting traps for his enemies, hiding out in safe houses between dead sprints from one danger-filled situation to another? Or do you imagine a more refined gentleman, like James Bond? Sinking $150k cars in the Venice canals, after a pulse-poundi...

Member thoughts

38% Love
51% Like
7% Dislike
  • Lauren M.

    Ionia, MI

    "This is an awesome memoir. I was fascinated by the author's experiences as a CIA agent. You really see the bureaucracy of government and it is kind of unsettling..."

  • Susan W.

    Elmhurst, IL

    "an amazing memoir and very eye opening!"

  • Komal P.

    Houston , TX

    "powerful book with an excellent narrator to take us through. it's a true story which is probably the best part. "

  • Courtney M.

    Wauwatosa, WI

    "Awesome book. Opened my eyes to topics I never concerned myself in the past. Topics that I should care about. A truthful, colorful memoir. A must read."

  • Shannon T.

    Sterling Heights, MI

    "Redacted much? You know this has to be juicy stuff if half of it isn't "allowed.""

  • Anna B.

    San Diego, CA

    "I found the blacked out parts kind of funny. It left you to fill in what he really wanted to say. What an interesting life!"

  • Mary Margaret P.

    Charlotte, NC

    "Wow. If this is really happening ..."

  • Jenna K.

    Duluth, MN

    "Growing up I wanted to join the CIA. This book gave me a window into a path not taken, and the sacrifices that people make for our country."

  • Caitlin M.

    Sammamish, WA

    "Not a book I ever would have picked myself but it was incredibly interesting and I'm glad I got it. "

  • Samantha J.

    Amery, WI

    "It was incredibly thought provoking, and really opened my mind on what is really going on over there. "

  • Anne G.

    Beaverton, OR

    "Overall good book. however the author seemed a bit arrogant and unlikable and I grew to dislike him more and more throughout the book"