|# of Units:||5 CDs|
|Length:||5 hours, 15 minutes|
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I rented this audio book after seeing the movie, Syriana, and I'm glad I did. It was very educational to learn of the inner workings of the CIA, where the agency went wrong ignoring terrorism, and more so, of the interconnected roles played by the different factions in the Middle East in terrorist activities.
This is a fascinating glimpse of what it is like to be a CIA agent operating in some of the world's most dangerous places. It will not give you any confidence in the CIA's ability to protect this country from terrorism. The author was a little monotone, but it made the book much more interesting knowing that the guy I was listening to was the guy in the story. If you're a history buff or just interested in the cast of characters the U.S. is currently working with in Iraq, you will like this book. The author discusses his covert dealings with the Iraqi Kurds when they were going against Saddam without U.S. help. The author also discusses what he was doing and where when other major terrorist activities took place in the Middle East.
Discover what it's really like working for the CIA and what's really going on in the Middle East all in one book? That is an official no-brainer. And while this book held my interest most of the time, I did get lost a handful of times in Bob's sea of monotonous mumbling. He should not have read his own book. And the revelations were less relevant and more a personal bragging post for the author. Still, even though the window had smudges and cracks and the shade was three-quarters drawn, I'm still glad I took a look.
I think this is one of the best books by far on the state of the CIA and why it lost its foothold. Some of the details were astonishing. Its cleverly written and I would recommend the paperback in addition to the audio CD.
I enjoyed listening to Robert Baer's narration of his own story so much that I decided I had to buy the book! Sounds like George Clooney is working on a movie version (working title, "Syriana") of this story, so George must like it too.
I enjoyed this book, though the authors voice was a bit monotone, and had me daydreaming a little. I read the hardcover, but liked this version better because it helped with the pronunciations of the names/places. Its a great look at one mans career in the CIA, and the events leading up to 9/11.
"ROBERT BAER was a case officer in the Directorate of Operations for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1976 to 1997. He served in places such as Iraq, Dushanbe, Rabat, Beirut, Khartoum, and New Delhi, and received the Career Intelligence Medal in 1997. He now divides his time between Washington, D.C., and France."