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 finds what no different past CIA operative’s memoir very likely might: 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 yank executive. it's a human tale, a chronicle of relatives and friendships torn aside through a terror-mongering regime, and the way the grownup offerings of 3 youth friends through 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 surprising double lifestyles informing at the cherished nation of his beginning, a spot that after provided the promise of freedom and enlightenment—but in its place governed via murderous violence and spirit-crushing oppression.
Reza Kahlili grew up in Tehran surrounded by way of his close-knit relations 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 desktop technology on the collage of Southern California within the Seventies. yet his carefree time in the United States was once minimize brief with the unexpected dying 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 non secular fundamentalism below the Ayatollah Khomeini, and Reza, clinging to the wish 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 within Evin felony, a shattered and dissatisfied 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 worldwide outrage, at a time whilst Iran’s nuclear application holds the world’s nervous recognition, the revelations inside of A Time to Betray couldn't be extra strong or well timed. Now resigned from his secretive lifestyles to reclaim valuable time along with his household, Reza Kahlili records scenes from historical past with heart-wrenching readability, as he offers very important details from the Iran-Iraq conflict, 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 very good occasions that culminates in a nation’s struggle for freedom that maintains to this very day.
A TIME TO BETRAY was once the winner of The nationwide most sensible Books 2010 Awards for Non-Fiction Narrative. It used to be additionally venerated because the “Finalist” within the “Autobiography/Memoirs” classification. It is now a part of JCITA’s (Joint Counterintelligence education Academy of DOD) Iranian Program’s readings.
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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