By Reza Kahlili
A real tale as exhilarating as an outstanding 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 prior CIA operative's memoir very likely may perhaps: the interior workings of the infamous innovative Guards of Iran, as witnessed through an Iranian guy within their ranks who spied for the yank executive. it's a human tale, a chronicle of relations and friendships torn aside by means of a terror-mongering regime, and the way the grownup offerings of 3 early life 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 guide a stunning double existence informing at the liked state of his beginning, a spot that when provided the promise of freedom and enlightenment--but in its place governed by means of murderous violence and spirit-crushing oppression.
Reza Kahlili grew up in Tehran surrounded via his close-knit relatives and lively boyhood pals. 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 laptop technology on the college of Southern California within the Nineteen Seventies. yet his carefree time in the USA was once lower brief with the surprising dying 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 make contact with of the Ayatollah. yet as Khomeini's tyrannies spread out, as his fellow countrymen became on one another, and after the horror he witnessed inside of Evin criminal, a shattered and disenchanted Reza lower back to the USA to dangerously turn into "Wally," a undercover agent for the CIA.
In the wake of an Iranian election that sparked international outrage, at a time while Iran's nuclear application holds the world's fearful cognizance, the revelations within A Time to Betray couldn't be extra strong or well timed. Now resigned from his secretive lifestyles to reclaim invaluable time along with his family, Reza Kahlili records scenes from historical past with heart-wrenching readability, as he offers very important info from the Iran-Iraq warfare, 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 remarkable 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 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 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 used to be selected because the e-book 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