The Company We Keep: A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story
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
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
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
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
For about half of this book they aren't even together yet, just giving back stories on their so-called spy careers. The stories they tell end up being a lot of stalking but not finding out anything and makes the CIA look completely incompetent. I don't know if they did this on purpose for the sake of this book or if this guy was particularly that incompetent. Then the last few chapters are about trying to settle down into married life as...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.
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
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
This memoir definitely covers a much different situation than most memoirs you ca...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
It was like reading a travel diary of a well traversed, adventerous tourists who spent most of their time in the middle east. Occassionally, the authors would touch on the spy mentality, but mostly it was just them getting around socially.
There was one part in the story that dis...more