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See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism (2002)

by Robert Baer

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The author discusses his twenty-year career as a CIA operative in the Middle East and examines how the agency's abandonment of its original mission resulted in a failure to acknowledge the growing threat of militant Islamic terrorist groups.
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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. ( )
  064 | Dec 29, 2022 |
The true story of a ground soldier in the CIA's war on terrorism
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
An enlightening and even entertaining look at how the CIA works (or, according to the author, used to work). After being raised on James Bond and [a:Tom Clancy|3892|Tom Clancy|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1175466521p2/3892.jpg], it is useful to come back down to earth and learn what it is to be an "agent" or "case officer" or "source." ( )
  Victor_A_Davis | Sep 18, 2015 |
This was a great behind the scenes of how our CIA works. To read how the our government sends these individuals out with a mission. Expects intel, but then limits their capabilities. We all have heard the stories of how this has happens. But to read a first hand account is another.

What makes all this even better is how the CIA proofed the book. So they are basically saying, yes we do this.

I admire our men and women in uniform. My oldest son served in the Air Force. My middle son is in the Marines currently. My you fest is wanting to now serve. But we never say we support our undercover men and women as well. Great book! ( )
  cbilbo | Apr 8, 2014 |
This was a great behind the scenes of how our CIA works. To read how the our government sends these individuals out with a mission. Expects intel, but then limits their capabilities. We all have heard the stories of how this has happens. But to read a first hand account is another.

What makes all this even better is how the CIA proofed the book. So they are basically saying, yes we do this.

I admire our men and women in uniform. My oldest son served in the Air Force. My middle son is in the Marines currently. My you fest is wanting to now serve. But we never say we support our undercover men and women as well. Great book! ( )
  cbilbo | Apr 8, 2014 |
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The author discusses his twenty-year career as a CIA operative in the Middle East and examines how the agency's abandonment of its original mission resulted in a failure to acknowledge the growing threat of militant Islamic terrorist groups.

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