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 top Books Award-winning A Time to Betray unearths what no different prior CIA operative's memoir potentially may well: the internal workings of the infamous progressive Guards of Iran, as witnessed by way of an Iranian guy inside of their ranks who spied for the yank executive. 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 formative years friends 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 guide a stunning double existence informing at the liked state of his start, a spot that when provided the promise of freedom and enlightenment--but as a substitute governed through murderous violence and spirit-crushing oppression.
Reza Kahlili grew up in Tehran surrounded via his close-knit kinfolk and lively boyhood acquaintances. The Iran of his formative years 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 college of Southern California within the Seventies. yet his carefree time in the US was once lower brief with the surprising demise of his father, and Reza lower back domestic to discover a rustic at the cusp of swap. 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 contact of the Ayatollah. yet as Khomeini's tyrannies spread out, as his fellow countrymen became on one another, and after the horror he witnessed within Evin criminal, a shattered and dissatisfied Reza 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 software holds the world's fearful recognition, the revelations inside of A Time to Betray couldn't be extra robust or well timed. Now resigned from his secretive existence to reclaim useful time along with his household, Reza Kahlili files scenes from background with heart-wrenching readability, as he provides important details from the Iran-Iraq battle, 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 brilliant occasions that culminates in a nation's struggle for freedom that maintains to this very day.
A TIME TO BETRAY used to be the winner of The 2011 foreign ebook Awards in different types of: Autobiography/Memoirs and top New Non-Fiction. It used to be additionally the winner of The nationwide top Books 2010 Awards for Non-Fiction Narrative and commemorated because the "Finalist" within the "Autobiography/Memoirs" type. 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 e-book of the Month for January 2011 via the journal of The Marines - Leatherneck.
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