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The Resource The company we keep : a husband-and-wife true-life spy story, Robert and Dayna Baer

The company we keep : a husband-and-wife true-life spy story, Robert and Dayna Baer

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The company we keep : a husband-and-wife true-life spy story
Title
The company we keep
Title remainder
a husband-and-wife true-life spy story
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Robert and Dayna Baer
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eng
Summary
Inside the CIA, Robert Baer was known as perhaps the best operative working the Middle East. 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--he had few non-work friendships, his prolonged absences destroyed his marriage, and he felt intense guilt at spending so little time with his children. Dayna Williamson was just an ordinary California girl, but she was always looking to get closer to the edge. When she joined the CIA, she quickly distinguished herself. Serving in some of the world's most dangerous places, she discovered an inner strength she'd never known--but she also came to see that the spy life exacts a heavy toll. When Bob and Dayna met on a mission in Sarajevo, it wasn't love at first sight--they were both too jaded. As the danger escalated and their affection grew, they realized it was time to leave "the Company." But even then they couldn't know that their most formidable challenge lay ahead.--From publisher description
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  • 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, and the safe houses of terrorist groups. As the Baers drift away from family and see friends die, they learn the costs of covert life. Told in chapters that alternate between each partner's perspective, their story is best when discussing the minutiae of agency work. In understated prose, the couple effectively narrate the long bouts of tedium interspersed with moments of paranoia and fear that make up a CIA agent's life. On most assignments, they never learn if their efforts have any positive result—often, they don't even know their co-workers' real names. When the personal becomes the subject, however, the understatement feels inadequate. The Baers give us so little insight into their mutual attraction that it feels like another state secret. After they leave the agency, they seem adrift, and the book loses focuses as well. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed January 17, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 03, p)
  • Longtime CIA operative Baer has several best sellers to his name, including See No Evil , the basis of Syriana ; wife Dayna Baer was his CIA "shooter." Together, they found quitting "the Company" a big challenge. Yes, this is being pitched as the story of a real-life Mr. and Mrs. Smith and will likely have wide appeal. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed October 15, 2010) (Library Journal, vol 135, issue 17, p58)
Biography type
collective biography
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381099
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DLC
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Baer, Robert
Dewey number
  • 327.12730092/2
  • B
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maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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Baer, Dayna
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True
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  • Baer, Robert
  • Baer, Dayna
  • United States
  • Intelligence officers
  • Spies
  • Husband and wife
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a husband-and-wife true-life spy story
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The company we keep : a husband-and-wife true-life spy story, Robert and Dayna Baer
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Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
801403
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
305 pages
Isbn
9780307588142
Lccn
2010019829
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780307588142
  • (OCoLC)627693359
Label
The company we keep : a husband-and-wife true-life spy story, Robert and Dayna Baer
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
801403
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
305 pages
Isbn
9780307588142
Lccn
2010019829
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780307588142
  • (OCoLC)627693359

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