The Company We Keep

The Company We Keep

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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 a€œProtective Operationsa€ 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 a€œthe Company, a€ to somehow rediscover the people theya€™d once been. As worldly as both were, the couple didna€™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 a€œciviliansa€ in conflict-ridden Beirut, they fielded assassination proposals, met with Arab sheiks, wily oil tycoons, terrorists, and assorted outlaws a€“ and came perilously close to dying. But even then they couldna€™t know that their most formidable challenge lay ahead. Simultaneously a trip deep down the intelligence rabbit hole a€“ one that shows how the a€œgamea€ 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. From the Hardcover edition.The car, an old government (Irown Vic, loses its footing as we make the first bend. ... preparing for the next turn, when the windshield goes blanka€”George has thrust a piece of cardboard in front of me so I ... George then teaches us to run -.1 moving car off the road by driving up alongside it and swerving into its rear quarteranbsp;...

Title:The Company We Keep
Author:Robert Baer, Dayna Baer
Publisher:Crown - 2011-03-08


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