Engrossing…filled with juicy, personal on-the-job details…[an] exhilarating tale of geopolitical love and peril.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Acclaim for Sleeping With the Devil:
An unsettling, eye-opening account of our relationship with Saudi Arabia... [Baer] gets our attention.
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.”
[A] bloody, suspenseful story of love and deceit.
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
“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.”
“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