By Reza Kahlili
A real tale as exhilarating as a superb secret agent mystery, as turbulent as today’s headlines from the center East, 2010 nationwide top Books Award-winning A Time to Betray finds 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 relatives and friendships torn aside by means of a terror-mongering regime, and the way the grownup offerings of 3 early life pals 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 kingdom of his delivery, a spot that when 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 family members and lively boyhood acquaintances. 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 machine technological know-how on the collage of Southern California within the Seventies. yet his carefree time in the US was once minimize brief with the unexpected loss of life 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 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 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 within Evin criminal, a shattered and dissatisfied Reza back to the USA 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 frightened awareness, the revelations within A Time to Betray couldn't be extra robust or well timed. Now resigned from his secretive lifestyles to reclaim worthwhile 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 battle, 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 brilliant 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 nationwide most sensible Books 2010 Awards for Non-Fiction Narrative. It used to be additionally venerated because the “Finalist” within the “Autobiography/Memoirs” class. It is now a part of JCITA’s (Joint Counterintelligence education Academy of DOD) Iranian Program’s readings.
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