By Reza Kahlili
A real tale as exhilarating as a good secret agent mystery, as turbulent as today's headlines from the center East, 2010 nationwide most sensible Books Award-winning A Time to Betray unearths what no different past CIA operative's memoir in all probability may perhaps: the interior workings of the infamous progressive Guards of Iran, as witnessed by means of an Iranian guy inside of their ranks who spied for the yankee govt. it's a human tale, a chronicle of kin and friendships torn aside by means of a terror-mongering regime, and the way the grownup offerings of 3 youth associates in the course of the Islamic Republic yielded divisive and tragic fates. And it's the stunningly brave account of 1 man's decades-long dedication to steer a stunning double lifestyles informing at the liked nation of his delivery, a spot that after provided the promise of freedom and enlightenment--but as a substitute governed by way of murderous violence and spirit-crushing oppression.
Reza Kahlili grew up in Tehran surrounded via his close-knit kinfolk and lively boyhood neighbors. The Iran of his adolescence allowed Reza to imagine and act freely, or even indulge a penchant for rebellious pranks within the face of the neighborhood mullahs. His political and private freedoms flourished whereas he studied desktop technological know-how on the collage of Southern California within the Nineteen Seventies. yet his carefree time in the USA used to be lower brief with the surprising demise of his father, and Reza again domestic to discover a rustic at the cusp of switch. The revolution of 1979 plunged Iran right into a darkish age of non secular fundamentalism less than the Ayatollah Khomeini, and Reza, clinging to the wish of a Persian Renaissance, joined the progressive Guards, an elite strength on the beck and speak to of the Ayatollah. yet as Khomeini's tyrannies spread out, as his fellow countrymen grew to become on one another, and after the horror he witnessed inside of Evin legal, a shattered and disenchanted Reza lower back to the USA to dangerously develop into "Wally," a secret agent for the CIA.
In the wake of an Iranian election that sparked international outrage, at a time whilst Iran's nuclear application holds the world's fearful awareness, the revelations inside of A Time to Betray couldn't be extra strong or well timed. Now resigned from his secretive existence to reclaim beneficial time along with his household, Reza Kahlili records scenes from heritage with heart-wrenching readability, as he provides important details from the Iran-Iraq struggle, the Marine barracks bombings in Beirut, the catastrophes of Pan Am Flight 103, the scandal of the Iran-Contra affair, and extra . . . a sequence of fabulous occasions that culminates in a nation's struggle for freedom that keeps to this very day.
A TIME TO BETRAY was once the winner of The 2011 overseas booklet Awards in different types of: Autobiography/Memoirs and most sensible New Non-Fiction. It was once additionally the winner of The nationwide top Books 2010 Awards for Non-Fiction Narrative and venerated because the "Finalist" within the "Autobiography/Memoirs" classification. It is now a part of JCITA's (Joint Counterintelligence education Academy of DOD) and CI CENTRE (The chief in Counterintelligence), Iranian Program's readings. A TIME TO BETRAY was once selected because the ebook of the Month for January 2011 by way of the journal of The Marines - Leatherneck.
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A Time to Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent Inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran by Reza Kahlili