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 top Books Award-winning A Time to Betray finds what no different prior CIA operative’s memoir in all likelihood might: 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 kinfolk and friendships torn aside by way of a terror-mongering regime, and the way the grownup offerings of 3 adolescence friends throughout the Islamic Republic yielded divisive and tragic fates. And it's the stunningly brave account of 1 man’s decades-long dedication to steer a surprising double existence informing at the cherished nation of his delivery, a spot that after provided the promise of freedom and enlightenment—but as a substitute governed by way of murderous violence and spirit-crushing oppression.
Reza Kahlili grew up in Tehran surrounded by means of his close-knit relatives and lively boyhood pals. 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 laptop technological know-how on the collage of Southern California within the Seventies. yet his carefree time in the USA used to be reduce brief with the unexpected dying of his father, and Reza lower back domestic to discover a rustic at the cusp of switch. The revolution of 1979 plunged Iran right into a darkish age of spiritual 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 spread out, as his fellow countrymen grew to become on one another, and after the horror he witnessed within Evin criminal, a shattered and upset Reza again to the USA to dangerously turn into “Wally,” a secret agent for the CIA.
In the wake of an Iranian election that sparked worldwide outrage, at a time while Iran’s nuclear software holds the world’s apprehensive recognition, the revelations within A Time to Betray couldn't be extra strong or well timed. Now resigned from his secretive lifestyles to reclaim valuable time together with his household, Reza Kahlili files scenes from heritage with heart-wrenching readability, as he provides 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 used to be the winner of The nationwide top Books 2010 Awards for Non-Fiction Narrative. It was once additionally commemorated 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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