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The Company We Keep by Robert Baer
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Aug 24, 2011

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Read in August, 2011

If this book had not been lying around the house I would not have sought it out. Spies working for the CIA are not of particular interest to me. But I knew so little about the topic that this book was a revelation. The format is very readable. Two CIA employees tell their stories in alternate chapters. The fact that they eventually meet and marry adds a personal touch to the otherwise grim and gritty details of their assignments in some of the world’s most volatile countries. Much of the time their jobs are boring and uneventful, spiked occasionally with hair-raising incidents. Often the individual spies play such small parts in large covert operations that they never learn if they have contributed to successful outcomes. I can only marvel that these authors and their colleagues make the choice to live on the edge.
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