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The Perfect Kill

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An odyssey through the art, theory, and brutality of modern political murder by Robert Baer, New York Times-bestselling author, former CIA operative, and, yes, assassin All four of Robert B. Baer's previous books were New York Times bestsellers, and it's no wonder. A recipient of the Career Intelligence Medal, Baer served as a CIA operative for decades, and his career was the model for the acclaimed movie Syriana. Now, Baer draws on his extensive firsthand experience--including a decades-long cat-and-mouse hunt for the greatest assassin of the modern age--to examine the serpentine history of political murder. Offering a tantalizing glimpse at the underbelly of world politics, The Perfect Kill will be avidly read by thriller fans and military history buffs alike.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 139 x 207 x 20mm | 270g
  • PLUME
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0147516501
  • 9780147516503
  • 692,511

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"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

"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:

"[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

"Engrossing...filled with juicy, personal on-the-job details...[an] exhilarating tale of geopolitical love and peril."--More

"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
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About Robert B. Baer

Robert B. Baer is one of the most accomplished agents in CIA history, 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.
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Rating details

392 ratings
3.57 out of 5 stars
5 20% (77)
4 35% (138)
3 31% (120)
2 12% (46)
1 3% (11)
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