ROBERT BAER + DAYNA BAER
“The Company We Keep: A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story”
Hosted by Aimee Allison
Monday, March 21, 7:3
First Congregational Church, Sanctuar
2345 Channing Way (at Dana), Berkeley
$12 at the door or at Brown Paper Tickets
or Pegasus Books (3 locations), Mrs. Dalloway’s, Moe’s Books, Walden
Pond, DIESEL, A Bookstore, and Modern Times ($15 door)
This is a real portrait of CIA operative Robert Baer (portrayed by George Clooney in the film Syrianna) and his CIA “shooter” wife, Dayna. They describe what happens when you try to leave “The Company” and the world of rogues, mobsters, and clandestine warriors who’ve become your best friends and worst enemies. He was known by many inside the Agency as the best operative working the Middle East. A beautiful former Cal Berkeley student, she was an up-and-coming young Agency talent determined to make it as a spy and gun-wielding “shooter” - a femme Nikita. When they were sent on a mission together, they fell in love. This is the authentic story of that romance, of their trip deep down the rabbit hole revealing how intelligence games work, how spies operate in the field, including their personal costs. The Company We Keep is unlike any previous account of life in the CIA.
Robert Baer is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: See No Evil, Sleeping With the Devil, and The Devil We Know. He has become one of the most authoritative voices on American intelligence.
“It’s pretty hard to beat this revealing firsthand account of international espionage and romance inside the CIA.” — Jane Mayer, author of The Dark Side
Spot-on compelling portrait of real life inside the CIA.” — Valerie Plame Wilson
“The best true-life spy story I’ve ever read.” —David Ignatius, New York Times bestselling author of Body of Lies
“Funny, frightening, ironic, and deeply moving, this is an utterly engrossing thrill ride,” —Richard North Patterson, author of Degree of Guilt