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 past CIA operative's memoir in all likelihood may: 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 govt. it's a human tale, a chronicle of relatives and friendships torn aside by way of a terror-mongering regime, and the way the grownup offerings of 3 early life 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 cherished kingdom of his start, 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 by way of his close-knit family members and lively boyhood neighbors. The Iran of his early life 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 machine technology on the college of Southern California within the Nineteen Seventies. yet his carefree time in the US used to be reduce brief with the surprising demise of his father, and Reza 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 below the Ayatollah Khomeini, and Reza, clinging to the desire of a Persian Renaissance, joined the innovative Guards, an elite strength on the beck and phone 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 legal, a shattered and disappointed Reza lower back to the US to dangerously develop into "Wally," a undercover agent for the CIA.
In the wake of an Iranian election that sparked worldwide outrage, at a time while Iran's nuclear application holds the world's frightened consciousness, the revelations within A Time to Betray couldn't be extra robust or well timed. Now resigned from his secretive existence to reclaim useful time together with his family, Reza Kahlili files scenes from background with heart-wrenching readability, as he offers 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 maintains to this very day.
A TIME TO BETRAY used to be the winner of The 2011 overseas publication Awards in different types of: Autobiography/Memoirs and most sensible 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" 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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