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Robert Baer was born in Los Angeles, California on July 1, 1952. He graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and in 1976, decided to join the CIA's Directorate of Operations. He worked for the CIA for 20 years as a case officer assigned to the Middle East. He has written show more several books including Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude, The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower, and The Company We Keep: A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story. His book See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism was the basis for the acclaimed film Syriana. He writes regularly for Time.com and has contributed to Vanity Fair, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Very interesting book about Iran and where it stands against the West. Very unsettling book considering that author was working for the government agencies so all of what he says should be more or less visible through political action but unfortunately is not. For whatever reason.
Recommended for anyone interested in Middle East and West-East interactions in general.
Zare | 7 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |
Very interesting book on a subject that seems to be a taboo in certain political and economic circles. It is a sad thing that some people present their money hoarding as national interest. Even sadder is the fact that their action in turn motivates majority of people to actually give their lives believing they are doing it for the patriotic reasons.

Dont get me wrong, this is nothing new and it was happenning from dawn of mankind. But saying that it is nothing new is like saying "theft - what about it, its been around for ages". Whenever possible this way of profiteering needs to be made public.

Very disturbing book about a country that is trying to find its way - I might even say its public identity. Is it capable of doing it? Maybe. But it is more than clear that its inability to find path it will thread on brings the balance of everything else in question.

Recommended - it might even help reader to put in context all events that took place in last few years in that troubled region of the world.
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Zare | 11 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |
The book "See No Evil" by Robert Baer is a thrilling adventure story about the experiences of a young CIA case officer in Asia and the Middle East. It is written with energy and a touch of humor, making it a captivating read for those interested in espionage procedurals. The second half of the book reveals a different side of Baer, as he becomes burnt out and in need of rest. This is marked by a re-call to headquarters and an investigation into his involvement in a murder for hire plot. As Baer continues to operate on his own in the field, he becomes increasingly isolated and out of control, leading to his eventual return to headquarters in Washington D.C. There, he struggles to navigate the unfamiliar and seemingly unfathomable world of Washington politics. Despite these challenges, Baer is a talented writer and deserves a loyal audience for this and his other books.… (more)
064 | 19 other reviews | Dec 29, 2022 |
The book "Sleeping with the Devil" discusses the flawed and corrupt nature of the US political system, intelligence and counterintelligence apparatus, defense industry, energy economy, and policy towards the Middle East. The author, a former intelligence officer, asserts that wealthy Arab officials have made large defense contracts with the US and have manipulated oil prices to stay in power, while also funding terrorists and taking bribes to maintain a lavish lifestyle. The US has inserted its military into the region to maintain this status quo and has used agencies like the FBI to cover up corruption and impropriety in both the US and Arabia. The book suggests self-reform by politicians and corporate elites and the invasion of a 400-mile stretch of oil-rich territory including Qatar, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia as potential solutions. However, the invasion is now impossible as it would incite further anger and opposition from Muslims, and the politicians do not have the incentive to reform. The author predicts that the House of Saud will eventually fall, leading to a rise in oil prices and a decline in the US economy.… (more)
064 | 11 other reviews | Dec 29, 2022 |



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