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See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism Paperback – January 7, 2003
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–Wall Street Journal
“Robert Baer was considered perhaps the best on-the-ground field
officer in the Middle East.”
–Seymour M. Hersh, The New Yorker
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There are four other stories within this excellent book, all dealing with infirm bureaucracies. At one level, the author's accounting of how the Directorate of Operations has declined under the last three leaders (as the author describes them: a recalled retiree, an analyst, and a "political" (pal)) is both clearly based on ground truth, and extremely troubling.Read more ›
At the beginning of his career, Baer describes himself as an extremely unlikely candidate for the CIA. He relates experiences of his training and facts from many events that we just _think_ we know about. Baer's story makes for very interesting and exciting reading as he describes the thrills and dangers of his first several years as a field officer. It was an incredibly tough and dangerous job, but a necessary one, as the author adequately demonstrates.
Excitement quickly turns to anger for both the author and the reader. As the Cold War ends, the reader will learn how the CIA took a dramatic turn, seeking to gain intelligence from satellite surveilance rather than from agents in the field. Why not? The technology is available and fewer lives will be lost. Sounded like a good idea at the time, but not to Baer. You'll read about how terrorists in the Middle East and in other parts of the world were quickly ignored after the Cold War in favor or special interests in Washington. You'll also see how close we really were to putting an end to Saddam Hussein forever. You'll read about many other events that will surprise you, shock you, and make you mad as hell. 'See No Evil' made me experience all those feelings and more. How could the CIA have fallen to such a level as Baer describes in this book? What a terrible price we as a nation have paid and continue to pay for our lack of top-notch intelligence.
I'll admit that twenty years ago I pretty much ignored all the fighting and disputes going on in the Middle East.Read more ›
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A book filled with the truth about the relationship between the CIA and the US Government. The deception, the lies, the self-serving at the highest level, is now revealed in this... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Robert Baer was a 21 year Case Officer in the CIA from 1976-1997. This book, released in January of 2002, is his first of Six books (I have only read this one) he has published... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Jim Loving
Great insight to a government I worked for. The problem for me was all the confusing Arab names. That's not Baer's fault, it is a foreign language to me. Read morePublished 14 days ago by John Stamer
I gave this book as a gift to a friend whose father was involved in the CIA. She said, "Everything pop told us was right." Read this book and see the facts for yourself. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Karen B.
I confess to having read "See No Evil" twice, and watched the movie it inspired "Syriana" another two times as well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bradley West
Good read lost a little steam at the 3/4 mark details corrupt political system all for me. Attitude greed liesPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer