The Company We Keep: A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story
The Company We Keep was by no means a bad book, but I think my expectations were such that I was bound to be a little disappointed. I didn't really know what to expect, but an action, spy, historical/political, and love story - or some combination of the four - was what I had in mind when I started the book, and it ended up being relatively light on all four.
It's an interesting read and I liked how Dayna and Bob each wrote their separate (short) ch ...more
Bob Baer, who has written other accounts of his time as a CIA operative (his previous work was made into the George Clooney movie, Syriana), alternates chapters with his now-wife, Dayna, as they wound their way through the excruciatingly complicated world of modern-day espionage.
Dayna's chapters ...more
Dayna Williamson was a recent college graduate and wanted more out of life and found that the CIA offered her the excitement and intrigue she desired.
Dayna started at a very mundane job within the CIA but was offered the posi ...more
Robert Baer was known inside the CIA as perhaps the best operative working the Middle East. But if his career was all that a spy might aspire to, his personal
life was a brutal illustration of everything a spy is asked to sacrifice. Dayna Williamson thought of herself as just an ordinary California girl. But
she was always look ...more
Bob and Dayna alternate as chapter authors. For the majority of the book the two are married to other people, and for much of it they are operating in different regions of the world (or at least in different countries). The difficulties each encounters when they try to marry a career as a government agen ...more
This memoir definitely covers a much different situation than most memoirs you ca ...more
The story or selected memoir is told from the viewpoints of two spies who eventually become man and wife. The location of the chapter and the person whose perspective is being portrayed is listed at the beginning of each chapter so there wasn't any guessing required. Despite the fact that it did jump from person to ...more
Bob and Dayna take turns narrating as they each literally go all over the map from one hotspot to another. Before they got together, they were going ...more
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,...more
This story could have been more effectively, and more excitingly, told in this way, "We were in ...more
We follow their adventures, from her training to his time in the Middle East. We see the missions they underta ...more
This was a page turner for me, and I particularly enjoyed reading the story of a gutsy real life heroine. Bob's own accounts on the field didn't leave me breathless as I was expecting, but they were entertaining.
Regarding content, there is some crass language, and the spies form a romantic relationship while still married to other spouses.
At the end of the day, I'm ...more
The story is told by both of them, back and forth, as they describe their lives in the CIA before they met and married. He was in Afghanistan and other places. She describes her training and early assignments. This was the most interesting part, because I got to see what the modern CIA is doing (at least up to the late 1990s. After the marri ...more
Lo que nos cuenta. Con el subtítulo la historia real de un matrimonio de espías, aproximación a la vida de Robert Baer, contada por él mismo, agente de la CIA con una gran experiencia en inteligencia en Oriente Próximo, y la vida de Dayna Williamson, contada por ella misma, agente de la CIA con roles operativos en contrainteligencia, que se terminarán encontrando en Sarajevo y comenzarán una amistad intensa… y hasta aquí puedo l ...more