By Reza Kahlili
A real tale as exhilarating as a very good secret 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 in all probability might: the internal workings of the infamous innovative Guards of Iran, as witnessed by way of an Iranian guy inside of their ranks who spied for the yankee govt. it's a human tale, a chronicle of relations and friendships torn aside via a terror-mongering regime, and the way the grownup offerings of 3 youth buddies 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 steer a surprising double existence informing at the cherished kingdom of his start, a spot that after 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 through his close-knit family members and lively boyhood buddies. 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 desktop technological know-how on the college of Southern California within the Nineteen Seventies. yet his carefree time in the USA was once minimize brief with the unexpected demise 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 lower than the Ayatollah Khomeini, and Reza, clinging to the desire of a Persian Renaissance, joined the innovative Guards, an elite strength on the beck and speak to 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 felony, a shattered and disenchanted Reza again to the United States to dangerously develop 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 fearful awareness, the revelations inside of A Time to Betray couldn't be extra robust or well timed. Now resigned from his secretive existence to reclaim invaluable time along with his family, Reza Kahlili records scenes from heritage with heart-wrenching readability, as he offers important info from the Iran-Iraq struggle, 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 magnificent 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 nationwide top Books 2010 Awards for Non-Fiction Narrative. It was once additionally venerated because the “Finalist” within the “Autobiography/Memoirs” type. It is now a part of JCITA’s (Joint Counterintelligence education Academy of DOD) Iranian Program’s readings.
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