By Reza Kahlili
A real tale as exhilarating as a very good undercover 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 earlier CIA operative's memoir almost certainly may well: the interior workings of the infamous progressive Guards of Iran, as witnessed by way of an Iranian guy within their ranks who spied for the yankee executive. it's a human tale, a chronicle of kinfolk and friendships torn aside through a terror-mongering regime, and the way the grownup offerings of 3 adolescence buddies throughout 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 cherished kingdom of his beginning, a spot that when provided the promise of freedom and enlightenment--but in its place governed through murderous violence and spirit-crushing oppression.
Reza Kahlili grew up in Tehran surrounded via his close-knit relatives 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 computing device technological know-how on the collage of Southern California within the Seventies. yet his carefree time in the US used to be reduce brief with the surprising demise of his father, and Reza again domestic to discover a rustic at the cusp of swap. The revolution of 1979 plunged Iran right into a darkish age of spiritual fundamentalism lower 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 opened up, as his fellow countrymen grew to become on one another, and after the horror he witnessed inside of Evin felony, a shattered and disappointed Reza lower back to the United States to dangerously develop into "Wally," a undercover 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 worried recognition, the revelations within A Time to Betray couldn't be extra robust or well timed. Now resigned from his secretive lifestyles to reclaim necessary time together with his household, Reza Kahlili files scenes from background with heart-wrenching readability, as he offers very 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 series of very good 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 booklet Awards in different types of: Autobiography/Memoirs and top New Non-Fiction. It used to be additionally the winner of The nationwide most sensible 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 used to be selected because the publication of the Month for January 2011 by means 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