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Robert Baer was known inside the CIA as perhaps the best operative working the Middle East. Over several decades he served everywhere from Iraq to New Delhi and racked up such an impressive list of accomplishments that he was eventually awarded the Career Intelligence Medal.  But if his career was everything a spy might aspire to, his personal life was a brutal illustration of everything a spy is asked to sacrifice. Bob had few enduring non-work friendships, only contacts and acquaintances. His prolonged absences destroyed his marriage, and he felt intense guilt at spending so little time with his children. Sworn to secrecy and constantly driven by ulterior motives, he was a man apart wherever he went.

Dayna Williamson thought of herself as just an ordinary California girl — admittedly one born into a comfortable lifestyle.  But she was always looking to get closer to the edge.  When she joined the CIA, she was initially tasked with Agency background checks, but the attractive Berkeley graduate quickly distinguished herself as someone who could thrive in the field, and she was eventually assigned to “Protective Operations” training where she learned to handle weapons and explosives and conduct high-speed escape and evasion. Tapped to serve in some of the world's most dangerous places, she discovered an inner strength and resourcefulness she'd never known — but she also came to see that the spy life exacts a heavy toll.  Her marriage crumbled, her parents grew distant, and she lost touch with friends who'd once meant everything to her.

When Bob and Dayna met on a mission in Sarajevo, it wasn't love at first sight. They were both too jaded for that. But there was something there, a spark. And as the danger escalated and their affection for each other grew, they realized it was time to leave “the Company,” to somehow rediscover the people they’d once been.

As worldly as both were, the couple didn’t realize at first that turning in their Agency I.D. cards would not be enough to put their covert past behind.  The fact was, their clandestine relationships remained.  Living as “civilians” in conflict-ridden Beirut, they fielded assassination proposals, met with Arab sheiks, wily oil tycoons, terrorists, and assorted outlaws – and came perilously close to dying.  But even then they couldn’t know that their most formidable challenge lay ahead.

Simultaneously a trip deep down the intelligence rabbit hole – one that shows how the “game” actually works, including the compromises it asks of those who play by its rules — and a portrait of two people trying to regain a normal life, The Company We Keep is a masterly depiction of the real world of shadows.

Review:

"Robert and Dayna Baer's initial meeting was slightly unusual — both were on a covert mission in Sarajevo for the CIA. In this intermittently intriguing memoir, they describe their careers in 'the Company,' their romance, and the difficulty they have in establishing a balanced life outside the world of secret agents. Their travels take them to interesting places in interesting times — from Bosnia and Lebanon during civil wars, to Syria under the Assads, the mansions of sheiks, and the safe houses of terrorist groups. As the Baers drift away from family and see friends die, they learn the costs of covert life. Told in chapters that alternate between each partner's perspective, their story is best when discussing the minutiae of agency work. In understated prose, the couple effectively narrate the long bouts of tedium interspersed with moments of paranoia and fear that make up a CIA agent's life. On most assignments, they never learn if their efforts have any positive result — often, they don't even know their co-workers' real names. When the personal becomes the subject, however, the understatement feels inadequate. The Baers give us so little insight into their mutual attraction that it feels like another state secret. After they leave the agency, they seem adrift, and the book loses focuses as well. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Review:

"[A] bloody, suspenseful story of love and deceit." Men's Journal

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Synopsis:

The CIA operative author of See No Evil and his CIA sharpshooter wife describe how they unexpectedly fell in love during a mission and the complicated challenges they faced in their shared effort to return to civilian life. 60,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

Robert Baer was known inside the CIA as perhaps the best operative working the Middle East. Over several decades he served everywhere from Iraq to New Delhi and racked up such an impressive list of accomplishmentsthat he was eventually awarded the Career Intelligence Medal. But if his career was everything a spy might aspire to, his personal life was a brutal illustration of everything a spy is asked to sacrifice. Bob hadfew enduring non-work friendships, only contacts and acquaintances. His prolonged absences destroyed his marriage, and he felt intense guilt at spending so little time with his children. Sworn to secrecy and constantlydriven by ulterior motives, he was a man apart wherever he went.

Dayna Williamson thought of herself as just an ordinary California girl — admittedly one born into a comfortablelifestyle. But she was always looking to get closer to the edge. When she joined the CIA, she was initially tasked with Agency background checks, but the attractive Berkeley graduate quicklydistinguished herself as someone who could thrive in the field, and she was eventually assigned to Protective Operations training where she learned to handle weapons and explosives and conducthigh-speed escape and evasion. Tapped to serve in some of the world's most dangerous places, she discovered an inner strength and resourcefulness she'd never known — but she also came to see that the spy life exacts aheavy toll. Her marriage crumbled, her parents grew distant, and she lost touch with friends who'd once meant everything to her.

When Bob and Dayna met on a mission in Sarajevo, itwasn't love at first sight. They were both too jaded for that. But there was something there, a spark. And as the danger escalated and their affection for each other grew, they realized it was time to leave theCompany, to somehow rediscover the people they'd once been.

As worldly as both were, the couple didn't realize at first that turning in their Agency I.D. cardswould not be enough to put their covert past behind. The fact was, their clandestine relationships remained. Living as civilians in conflict-ridden Beirut, theyfielded assassination proposals, met with Arab sheiks, wily oil tycoons, terrorists, and assorted outlaws - and came perilously close to dying. But even then they couldn't know that their mostformidable challenge lay ahead.

Simultaneously a trip deep down the intelligence rabbit hole - one that shows how the game actually works, including thecompromises it asks of those who play by its rules — and a portrait of two people trying to regain a normal life, The Company We Keep is a masterly depiction of the real world ofshadows.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

ROBERT BAER is the author of three New York Times bestsellers involving the CIA: See No Evil (which was the basis for the acclaimed film “Syriana”), Sleeping with the Devil, and The Devil We Know. He has become one of the most authoritative voices on American intelligence and frequently appears as a media commentator. DAYNA BEAR, before leaving the agency to settle down with Bob, was herself an accomplished CIA operative.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307588166
Subtitle:
A husband-and-wife True-Life Spy Story
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Author:
Baer, Dayna
Author:
Baer, Robert
Author:
Baer, Dayna
Author:
Baer, Robert
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Law Enforcement
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Law Enforcement
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Politics-Covert Government and Conspiracy Theory
Subject:
Religion Western-Religious Fiction
Subject:
NEWARRIVAL-BIOGRAPHY
Subject:
Military-Espionage
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20110308
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
320

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Product details 320 pages Crown - English 9780307588166 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Robert and Dayna Baer's initial meeting was slightly unusual — both were on a covert mission in Sarajevo for the CIA. In this intermittently intriguing memoir, they describe their careers in 'the Company,' their romance, and the difficulty they have in establishing a balanced life outside the world of secret agents. Their travels take them to interesting places in interesting times — from Bosnia and Lebanon during civil wars, to Syria under the Assads, the mansions of sheiks, and the safe houses of terrorist groups. As the Baers drift away from family and see friends die, they learn the costs of covert life. Told in chapters that alternate between each partner's perspective, their story is best when discussing the minutiae of agency work. In understated prose, the couple effectively narrate the long bouts of tedium interspersed with moments of paranoia and fear that make up a CIA agent's life. On most assignments, they never learn if their efforts have any positive result — often, they don't even know their co-workers' real names. When the personal becomes the subject, however, the understatement feels inadequate. The Baers give us so little insight into their mutual attraction that it feels like another state secret. After they leave the agency, they seem adrift, and the book loses focuses as well. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , "[A] bloody, suspenseful story of love and deceit."
"Review" by , "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
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , The CIA operative author of See No Evil and his CIA sharpshooter wife describe how they unexpectedly fell in love during a mission and the complicated challenges they faced in their shared effort to return to civilian life. 60,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Robert Baer was known inside the CIA as perhaps the best operative working the Middle East. Over several decades he served everywhere from Iraq to New Delhi and racked up such an impressive list of accomplishmentsthat he was eventually awarded the Career Intelligence Medal. But if his career was everything a spy might aspire to, his personal life was a brutal illustration of everything a spy is asked to sacrifice. Bob hadfew enduring non-work friendships, only contacts and acquaintances. His prolonged absences destroyed his marriage, and he felt intense guilt at spending so little time with his children. Sworn to secrecy and constantlydriven by ulterior motives, he was a man apart wherever he went.

Dayna Williamson thought of herself as just an ordinary California girl — admittedly one born into a comfortablelifestyle. But she was always looking to get closer to the edge. When she joined the CIA, she was initially tasked with Agency background checks, but the attractive Berkeley graduate quicklydistinguished herself as someone who could thrive in the field, and she was eventually assigned to Protective Operations training where she learned to handle weapons and explosives and conducthigh-speed escape and evasion. Tapped to serve in some of the world's most dangerous places, she discovered an inner strength and resourcefulness she'd never known — but she also came to see that the spy life exacts aheavy toll. Her marriage crumbled, her parents grew distant, and she lost touch with friends who'd once meant everything to her.

When Bob and Dayna met on a mission in Sarajevo, itwasn't love at first sight. They were both too jaded for that. But there was something there, a spark. And as the danger escalated and their affection for each other grew, they realized it was time to leave theCompany, to somehow rediscover the people they'd once been.

As worldly as both were, the couple didn't realize at first that turning in their Agency I.D. cardswould not be enough to put their covert past behind. The fact was, their clandestine relationships remained. Living as civilians in conflict-ridden Beirut, theyfielded assassination proposals, met with Arab sheiks, wily oil tycoons, terrorists, and assorted outlaws - and came perilously close to dying. But even then they couldn't know that their mostformidable challenge lay ahead.

Simultaneously a trip deep down the intelligence rabbit hole - one that shows how the game actually works, including thecompromises it asks of those who play by its rules — and a portrait of two people trying to regain a normal life, The Company We Keep is a masterly depiction of the real world ofshadows.

From the Hardcover edition.

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