Review: Robert Baer’s ‘The Perfect Kill’

January 16, 2015 6:33 PM

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Review: Robert Baer’s ‘The Perfect Kill’

Robert B. Baer’s new book is, unsurprisingly, about his life as a CIA operative. Since his departure from the agency in 1997, Baer has written several books — including See No Evil and The Company We Keep — unmasking the mysterious intelligence-gathering organization. One of these was even turned into a movie, Syriana, in which he was portrayed by George Clooney.

Now Baer exposes a niche of the spy world that we are all aware of but know little about: assassination. The Perfect Kill: 21 Laws for Assassins is 310 pages of cold calculations, intriguing ethical debates and eyebrow-raising scenes, with Middle East history sprinkled throughout.

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