Perfect Kill: A Personal History of Modern Assassination

Author(s): Robert Baer

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What is the definition of assassination? Robert Baer's boss at the CIA once told him, 'It's a bullet with a man's name on it.' Sometimes assassination is the senseless act of a psychotic, a bloodletting without social value. Other times, it can be the sanest and most humane way to change the course of conflict: one bullet, one death, case closed. Assassination has been dramatised by literature and politicised by infamous murders throughout history, and for Robert Baer, one of the most accomplished agents ever to work for the CIA, it's a source of endless fascination. Over several decades, Baer served as an operative, from Iraq to India and beyond. In THE PERFECT KILL, he takes us on a wildly entertaining narrative adventure through a history of political murder, interweaving his first-hand experience and his decades-long cat-and-mouse hunt for the greatest assassin of the modern age. A true maverick with an undeniably captivating personal story, Baer pulls back the curtain to give a glimpse of the underbelly of world politics, and the quiet murderers who operate on the fringe of our society.


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The Perfect Kill is a meditation on the art of political murder. Baer knows his subject. -- ED CAESAR THE SUNDAY TIMES This potted history of assassination, with its carefully worded anecdotes and sense of absolute autheniticity is intriguing, terrifying and occasionally lightened by the author's drily black sense of humour. -- Russel D McLean GLASGOW HERALD

Robert Baer spent 21 years in the CIA as a field operative. He resigned after leading an aborted attempt on Saddam Hussein. He is the author of four NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers. His memoir SEE NO EVIL was made into the Academy Award-winning movie SYRIANA. He anchored an Emmy-nominated British documentary series, THE CULT OF THE SUICIDE BOMBER. He is the intelligence columnist for TIME.com and a regular BBC and CNN contributor. He currently lectures various US government agencies on assassination.

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  • : 9781780228396
  • : Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • : October 2015
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

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  • : 336
  • : Robert Baer
  • : Paperback
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