Douglas Laux

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Douglas Laux
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Born (1983-01-20) January 20, 1983 (age 36)
Alma materIndiana University

Douglas Laux (born January 20, 1983) is a former case officer for the Central Intelligence Agency, having served undercover in the Middle East and Afghanistan for eight years. Upon leaving the CIA, Laux wrote a memoir, Left of Boom, which details his experiences serving amidst the Global War on Terror.[1][2]

Service with CIA[edit]

Laux attended Indiana University, earning a bachelor's degree in political science and East Asian studies with a focus on the Japanese language.[3] He joined the CIA after a short stint working for the shipping company DHL following his graduation from IU.[4] Laux was an officer in the Near East Division and served multiple tours in Afghanistan and the Middle East. [5][6] Frustrated with the bureaucratic handling of the Syrian Civil War, Laux resigned from the Agency in February 2013. [7][8][9]

Career after CIA[edit]

In April 2016, Laux published his memoir, Left of Boom: How A Young CIA Case Officer Penetrated the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.[10][11] A year later, Laux appeared in six episodes of the Discovery Channel series Finding Escobar's Millions, which debuted on November 3, 2017.[12] He is also credited as the executive producer and creator of the series. In September 2017, Laux's photography was featured in a Playboy Magazine article entitled, "In The Path of the Totality: Notes of a Veteran Chasing the Eclipse." [13]


Laux, Douglas (2016). Left of Boom: How A Young CIA Case Officer Penetrated the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 9781250081360.


  1. ^ Mark Mazzetti (1 April 2016). "A C.I.A. Grunt's Tale of the Fog of Secret War". New York Times. Retrieved 8 July 2017
  2. ^ Ken Dilanian (1 April 2016). "Spy Kid: A Young CIA Officer Breaks Cover and Spills Secrets". NBCNews. Retrieved 9 July 2017
  3. ^ "COLUMN: "Left of Boom" gives an honest account of experiences in war - Indiana Daily Student".
  4. ^ Matters, Thought (4 May 2016). "Rebel Without a COS".
  5. ^ "Former Agent Reveals What It's Like to Be a Spy". 20 April 2016.
  6. ^ Romm, Cari. "How Do Spies Keep Their Double Lives Secret?".
  7. ^ "Doug Laux and David Portnoy".
  8. ^ "The story of the 20-something CIA officer who took on the Taliban".
  9. ^ "How a Young CIA Officer Infiltrated the Taliban".
  10. ^ ""Homeland" made me laugh: Here's what it's really like being a CIA agent in the Middle East". 7 April 2016.
  11. ^ HQ, Crime. "Q&A with Doug Laux, Former CIA Case Officer and Author of Left of Boom".
  12. ^ "Finding Escobar's Millions - Watch Full Episodes & More! - Discovery".
  13. ^ "In the Path of the Totality: Notes of a Veteran Chasing the Eclipse". 1 September 2017.