National (In-)Security: Fifty Notable American Espionage Novels: 20-22.


Ignatius, David Reynolds.  Agents of Innocence.  New York: Norton, 1987.

David Reynolds Ignatius is a journalist who has reported for the Wall Street Journal on subjects ranging from the challenges facing the U.S. steel industry to the corrosive conflicts in the Middle East, to the clandestine activities of the C.I.A.  He has subsequently worked as an editor with the Washington Post.

In his one novel, Agents of Innocence, Ignatius has obviously drawn on his thorough knowledge of the contemporary political landscape and the tensions shaping current conflicts.  The novel’s main character is Tom Rogers, a C.I.A. operative assigned to Beirut, Lebanon, in 1969.  Rogers befriends a Palestinian named Fuad, who is initially enthusiastic about almost everything American.  Through Fuad, Rogers gains access to “inside” information about Palestinian intelligence operations, in particular the activities of the Fatah, the main Palestinian guerrilla force.  But as the deepening crisis in…

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