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The Perfect Kill: 21 Laws for Assassins

by Robert B. Baer

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This was a surprising book in many ways being a diversion from the normal content for books of this genre. It was a thoughtful book giving real insights into the thinking behind the work of covert intelligence agencies. A book that challenged a lot of preconceptions I had and provided a great deal of entertainment along the way. ( )
  prichardson | Feb 14, 2016 |
The author examines the role of political assassinations as a quick and fairly bloodless way to change the course of history for the better. This books if filled with great stories that accompany each rule, showing how assassinations throughout history have changed its course, sometimes for the better, sometimes not. He also explains why if an assassination does not do this, it is simply best not to perform it. This is a very interesting and compelling read in these tough political times. ( )
  Susan.Macura | Nov 26, 2015 |
Interesting, because the author is a real CIA field operator, not some desk jockey rotated into a safe embassy sinecure for a couple of years to punch their career ticket. I do recommend "spy" aficionados read, but know in advance that the book, in my opinion, is a little "schizophrenic", with the stories jammed into a loose "manual for assassins" framework. This seems quite artificial and unnecessary. But, DO read if you are into this genre! Again, this guy is the real deal. ( )
  waynemichael | Sep 28, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399168575, Hardcover)

What is the definition of assassination? Robert B. Baer’s boss at the CIA once told him, “It’s a bullet with a man’s name on it.” Sometimes assassination is the senseless act of a psychotic, a bloodletting without social value. Other times, it can be the sanest and most humane way to change the course of conflict—one bullet, one death, case closed. Assassination has been dramatized by literature and politicized by infamous murders throughout history, and for Robert Baer, one of the most accomplished agents to ever work for the CIA, it’s a source of endless fascination, speculation, and intrigue.

Over several decades, Baer served as an operative, from Iraq to New Delhi and beyond; notably, his career was the model for the acclaimed movie Syriana. In The Perfect Kill, he takes us on a serpentine adventure through the history of political murder; its connections to, and differences from, the ubiquitous use of drones in state-sponsored killing; his firsthand experience with political executions; and his decades-long cat-and-mouse hunt, across the Middle East and Europe, for the most effective and deadliest assassin of the modern age. A true maverick with an undeniably captivating personal story, Baer pulls back the curtain on the underbelly of world politics and the quiet murderers who operate on the fringe of our society.

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