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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert B. Baer Narrator: Keith Szarabajka Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9780698154674
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What is the definition of assassination? Robert B. Baer’s boss at the CIA once told him, “It’s a bullet with a man’s name on it.” Sometimes assassination is the senseless act of a psychotic, a bloodletting without social value. Other times it can be the sanest and most humane way to change the course of conflict—one bullet, one death, case closed. Assassination has been dramatized by literature and politicized by infamous murders throughout history, and for Robert Baer, one of the most accomplished agents to ever work for the CIA, it’s a source of endless fascination, speculation, and intrigue.

Over several decades Baer served as an operative, from Iraq to New Delhi and beyond. Notably, his career was the model for the acclaimed movie Syriana. In The Perfect Kill, he takes us on a serpentine adventure through the history of political murder; its connections to, and differences from, the ubiquitous use of drones in state-sponsored killing; his firsthand experience with political executions; and his decades-long cat-and-mouse hunt across the Middle East and Europe for the most effective and deadliest assassin of the modern age. A true maverick with an undeniably captivating personal story, Baer pulls back the curtain on the underbelly of world politics and the quiet murderers who operate on the fringe of our society.

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  • Engrossing…filled with juicy, personal on-the-job details…[an] exhilarating tale of geopolitical love and peril. More
  • A best-selling author and former CIA operative chronicles his experiences as an assassin while offering chilling insight into the fine art of political murder… Fascinating reading from an expert. Kirkus
  • Exposes a niche of the spy world that we are all aware of but know little about: assassination. The Perfect Kill is 310 pages of cold calculations, intriguing ethical debates and eyebrow-raising scenes, with Middle East history sprinkled throughout. Washington Post
  • The Perfect Kill's unusual mix of thrilling memoir and political science is a winning combination. Shelf Awareness (starred review)
  • A fascinating, up-close look at the hunt for Radwan, and it’s packed with intriguing contemporary and historical details on the assassinations of tyrants. Booklist 
  • The Company We Keep is the best true-life spy story I've ever read…You'll find yourself rooting for these two vagabond spies, and you won't want their exciting and moving story to end. David Ignatius, New York Times bestselling author of Body of Lies
  • Funny, frightening, ironic, and deeply moving, this is an utterly engrossing thrill ride through the hall of mirrors that is modern espionage…A wonderful book. Richard North Patterson, New York Times bestselling author of Degree of Guilt and In the Name of Honor
  • Provides a spot-on and compelling portrait of real life inside the CIA; the periods of boredom and frustration loudly punctuated by fast-moving and sometimes frightening, sometimes amusing intelligence operations.  Bob and Dayna Baer are the real deal and they beautifully capture the murky world they lived and worked in for years. Valerie Plame Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Fair Game
  • Propulsive momentum…the authors give a good sense of the improvisational nature of the CIA…Both Baers write affectingly of their experiences. Kirkus Reviews
  • A revelation…[shows] how spies operate in the field, the personal costs they pay for the exceptional lives they live, and the way fate can deliver up redemption…I loved this book. Barry Eisler, New York Times bestselling author of Rain Fall and Fault Line
  • An emotionally candid memoir of a life few could imagine, juggling terrorists and dictators with all too real family dramas…describes how two accomplished spies trained in shooting for the heart, improbably found their own. Jane Mayer, National Book Award Finalist for The Dark Side
  • After 20 years as the CIA's best and most adventurous spy, Bob Baer has established himself as America's go-to writer on espionage and the Middle East in the age of 9/11. Now he and his wife Dayna have added a heart-stopping new chapter, revealing how a couple caught up in the dark world of CIA intrigue try to balance romance and gunplay while building a relationship on the jagged edge of undercover work…The Company We Keep will make you ask, who needs Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie? James Risen, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of State of War
  • A cross between John Le Carre and Erich Segal…Told with flair, intelligence and emotion – and often diary-like detail. Leslie Stahl, CBS News
  • Extraordinary…shows the Baers’ ultimate triumph over the isolation inherent in their professions and the banality of bureaucracy worldwide. Lindsay Moran, author of Blowing My Cover: My Life as a CIA Spy
  • A thrilling read from start to finish. [Baer] has a narrative voice that is concise, informative and though he occasionally drifts toward the conspiratorial (which isn’t a bad thing), he tempers it by clearly defining what is fact and what is conjecture. Ensuing Chapters
  • A true maverick with an undeniably captivating personal story, Baer pulls back the curtain on the underbelly of world politics and the quiet murderers who operate on the fringe of our society. OccuWorld
  • Acclaim for The Devil We Know
  • A masterpiece…Baer's brilliant analysis of Sunni versus Shia, Arab versus Iranian, and Christian versus Muslim is shocking, revealing, and provocative.  Baer lifts the veil of Western media hype and challenges the simplistic solutions offered by ‘experts’ whose vision is blurred by the past. Through his knowledge, long-term experience, and ability to assess the changing landscape of this vital region, he not only shatters the foundations of conventional thinking, but also offers a practicable blueprint for turning things around. John Perkins, author of the New York Times bestseller Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
  • The most important and original book on the Middle East to appear in many years. This is a book McCain and Obama should ponder. Thomas Powers, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Man Who Kept the Secrets and Intelligence Wars
  • The Devil We Know, Bob Baer has once again peered into the future and has brought back uncomfortable truths that won't satisfy any partisan. But his book does force us to do something that, unfortunately, doesn't come naturally to the chattering classes. Think. James Risen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration
  • An important text studded with keen insights into a nation about which America remains dangerously misinformed. Kirkus Reviews
  • Acclaim for Sleeping With the Devil:
  • An unsettling, eye-opening account of our relationship with Saudi Arabia... [Baer] gets our attention. Boston Herald
  • Details how an administration known for its vigilance on the international scene routinely and inexplicably spins, caves, and hops for the Saudis. The Washington Post
  • Acclaim for The Company We Keep:
  • The Perfect Kill is a meditation on the art of political murder. Baer knows his subject.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • [A] bloody, suspenseful story of love and deceit. Mens Journal
  • The Company We Keep is a breezy, often fascinating account of this CIA romance, with tradecraft details and war stories thrown in to make it catnip for any fan of espionage fiction...That the Baers coaxed a happy ending out of all this is not the least remarkable part of their appealing story, and hats off to them. The Washington Post
  • “Never less than engaging…full of wry and unexpected black humor. An intrinsically intriguing book that should have a wide audience. Worthy of serious study and rereading.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Former CIA agent Baer (The Company We Keep) reveals the ins and outs of the politically charged notion of assassination, as experienced through his own eventful career…His style is candid and accessible, with a little of the American cowboy in evidence…Makes for a fascinating look at a nebulous and misunderstood topic.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A bestselling author and former CIA operative chronicles his experiences as an assassin while offering chilling insight into the fine art of political murder…With dry wit and intelligence, the author reviews his long career as a sometime-assassin (who ultimately never killed his targets) and provides running commentary about the do’s and don’ts of political murder. He draws on his more than twenty-five years of experience as a CIA operative as well as the long, bloody history of assassination itself…Fascinating reading from an expert.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Keith Szarabajka has the perfect voice for this audiobook about political assassinations. His voice is deep and scratchy, and he sounds like he’s smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for the past forty years. He reads with a conspiratorial tone, which works well for a book written by one of the most decorated CIA agents in the history of American spy craft and the man who was the model for the film Syriana. The book leverages Baer’s experience in the field as he analyzes the use of political killings throughout recent American history. The result is an interesting, well-narrated audiobook on a topic many people may want to avoid thinking about.”


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About the Author
ROBERT B. BAER is one of the most accomplished agents in CIA history, and a winner of the Career Intelligence Medal. He is the author of four New York Times bestsellers, including See No Evil—the basis for the acclaimed film Syriana, which earned George Clooney an Oscar for his portrayal of Baer. He is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Middle East and frequently appears on all major news outlets. Baer writes regularly for Time.com and has contributed to Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. He is the current national security affairs analyst for CNN.
About the Narrator

Keith Szarabajka, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, won the prestigious Audie Award for Unabridged Fiction for his reading of Tom Robbins’ Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates. He has appeared in many films, including The Dark Knight, Missing, and A Perfect World, and on such television shows as The Equalizer, Angel, Cold Case, Golden Years, and Profit. He has also appeared in several episodes of Selected Shorts for National Public Radio.