I’ve just been sitting up all night reading “The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames,” a fascinating biography by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Kai Bird. Ames was a remarkable CIA officer — and a colleague — who played a key personal role in U.S. intelligence and policymaking on the Palestinian-Israeli issue between the 1970s and 1980s. Ames died in 1983 in a massive blast at the American Embassy in Beirut when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden truck into the entryway.
By a cruel twist of fate, Ames just happened to be in the building at that precise moment, on a visit from Washington. Sixty-two other people died, including many CIA officers.