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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (803 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Baer Narrator: Robert O’Keefe Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2003 ISBN: 9780739304150
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Former CIA operative Robert Baer examines the dangers behind America's collaboration with Saudi Arabia. Nominally based on a "harmony of interests" - the Saudis sold their oil to the American government very inexpensively - what we offered in exchange has damaged our position in the Middle East and left our country vulnerable to economic and terrorist threats. Baer goes behind the scenes to show how the U.S. willingly overlooked the corruption of the Saudi royal family, its financing of violent Islamic fundamentalist groups that spread hatred of the West throughout Saudi society, and its bribery of American officials. From a close-up with a corrupt Arab family to the inside scoop on how we helped fund the Taliban, Baer shows what's at stake in our pursuit of oil.


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 2/18/2014

    " Want to truly know how ingrained oil is in u.s. politics? I mean nitty-gritty, hand-shakes-in-dark-rooms, money under the table? You really should read this. Baer is ex-CIA field ops in the Middle East. This book was redacted by the CIA (so who knows what was taken out), but what's left IN is enough to make you wonder why the heck we keep voting these jerks into office -- Democan or Republicrat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brice Meerman | 2/18/2014

    " Had to read this for an American History class, and I gotta tell you, I love love LOVE conspiracy books. However, this is a great semi-truthful book (I say semi bc even Robert Baer admits he embellished some). The only draw back was that the flow of this book was hard to get into and keep track of due to it reading, in parts, like an actual history textbook. Other than that, great book. I'll give Baer another chance and maybe read more of his works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rushay Booysen | 2/10/2014

    " Interesting read about the playing fields of the Saudi's and the Americans and how they basically holding the world in the palm of their hands through our constant need for mass consumption of oil.While i can already see groups on both ends dismaying this as propaganda i can def believe alot of what i read.Its interesting to see how the current "revolution" will shape the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Maguire | 2/3/2014

    " His first book was better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shira | 1/30/2014

    " Nobody in Washington is clean...no one. Following that depressing thought, enjoy this book and get a frank (peut-etre harsh?) look at US-Saudi policies. Caution: you feel relentlessly uninformed for months following reading this book, but you'll consume newspapers like never before. I need to put this book on my "to read" list as well, as it bears re-reading--very dense in terms of information. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crissy | 1/25/2014

    " Entirely different perspective on our greed with oil and dirty relationship/ties with the Middle East and terrorist regimes. We've created this mess by turning the other cheek from our own greedy desires. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 1/25/2014

    " There's a little too much of the "follow the money" for my taste. He provides more than enough financial evidence to establish the link between the Saudi royal family and the US ruling elite but then keeps hammering that point. Maybe that was necessary but I found a little bit boring to read example after example of Saudi oil money buying influence. Still, though, a necessary book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Syed | 1/15/2014

    " A nicely written book, reflecting what is going on in Middle East on the name of OIL!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eoin Oneill | 12/31/2013

    " Typically brilliant Robert Baer book. Always an easy read and well explained background. I know it is only an opinion on the kingdom but it is very very revealing on the lax nature of Washington, the kingdom and the greed there in. Very very enjoyable read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 12/21/2013

    " Powerful and enlightening. It has been a long time since I have read anything political and longer than a New Yorker article. This book was accessible and gripping. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 12/16/2013

    " I thought 'See No Evil' was more interesting, but this book was good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa Cavanaugh | 12/2/2013

    " An engaging read, if you can overlook the fact that he makes an Olympic sport out of leaping to conclusions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Burton | 11/11/2013

    " Holy cow, this is an interesting book, even if Baer is not as much at the center of the action as he thinks he is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce Flanagan | 4/21/2013

    " Absolute awesome book could not put it down, ready anything by Robert Baer and Ex CIA agent "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 9/1/2012

    " After reading this book you get the picture of our relationship with Saudi Arabia, oil, and the contradiction of a country that's for democracy, but keeps the most brutal monarchy in power for access to their resource. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geoffrey | 8/1/2012

    " Nobody ever remembers that most of the hijackers were Saudi. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brianne | 6/2/2012

    " Of course parts of this book are "missing" because we are apparently not allowed to know. But what is still there will scare your pants off. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Albert | 3/25/2012

    " More from the front lines of a CIA agent's attempt to battle terrorism. Follow up of Baer's See No Evil. Deals more specifically with the political and business relations between the Saudi Royal Family and American interests and some of the inherent problems this creates. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 3/9/2012

    " Slow, poorly written, but very informative. Perhaps not entirely balanced and perhaps not well-cited, but very interesting nonetheless. A necessary read for anyone remotely interested in American foreign oil politics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 6/4/2011

    " Makes you not want to sleep. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 matthew davis | 4/8/2011

    " the follow-up to his first effort on which the movie syriana was based. he offers a good insight into the life of a spy in the middle east and the complicity of our government in the oil trade. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 3/24/2011

    " Anyone interested in how we've gotten ourselves into this issue of reliance on oil should read this book. Very eye opening! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce | 3/5/2011

    " Absolute awesome book could not put it down, ready anything by Robert Baer and Ex CIA agent "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 1/4/2011

    " I thought 'See No Evil' was more interesting, but this book was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 9/9/2010

    " Slow, poorly written, but very informative. Perhaps not entirely balanced and perhaps not well-cited, but very interesting nonetheless. A necessary read for anyone remotely interested in American foreign oil politics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Y.S. | 8/6/2010

    " The depth of corruption amidst our ranks for control over oil is simply revolting. The author does an amazing job at describing the horror we live in. A must have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Garry | 6/9/2009

    " This book was fantastic! It was written by an ex-CIA operative and gave an amazing insight in to the relationship and codependency of the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. If anyone works with any Saudis or if you do any travel to the region, it is well worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crissy | 2/12/2009

    " Entirely different perspective on our greed with oil and dirty relationship/ties with the Middle East and terrorist regimes. We've created this mess by turning the other cheek from our own greedy desires. "

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About the Author

Robert Baer is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: Sleeping with the Devil, about the Saudi royal family and its relationship with the United States, and See No Evil, which recounts Baer’s years as a top CIA operative. See No Evil was the basis for the acclaimed film Syriana, which earned George Clooney an Oscar for his portrayal of Baer. Baer writes regularly for Time.com and has contributed to Vanity Fair, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. He is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Middle East.