The Faithful Spy is an ok read. In the first half of the story Berenson tries to put the reader inside the head of an American coming to grips with Islamist thinking. While this section tries to offer insight to headlines of current events, it drags.
Diametrically opposed to the first part of the book, the 2nd part picks up the pace and is a more engaging read. The price paid, though, is the devolution of the writing to standard, Hollywood schlock, e.g., gun battles where our hero manages to win against long odds (in the form of a 1 vs Many numerical disadvantage a la Bruce Willis in Die Harder).
All told, an ok read.
Note: A common complaint is that Berenson's depiction is racist/stereotyped/whatever. Given I don't know any Islamist jihadists, I can't say if it's a stereotype, or not, but the "critics" probably don't know any, either... Since he was inside the war zone, I'll take Berenson's interpretation as being more informed than mine or the "critics"....Continua