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 most sensible Books Award-winning A Time to Betray unearths what no different earlier CIA operative’s memoir in all likelihood might: the internal workings of the infamous progressive Guards of Iran, as witnessed via an Iranian guy within their ranks who spied for the yankee 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 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 loved state of his delivery, 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 means of his close-knit kinfolk 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 desktop technological know-how on the collage of Southern California within the Nineteen Seventies. yet his carefree time in the US was once minimize brief with the surprising 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 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 became on one another, and after the horror he witnessed inside of Evin criminal, a shattered and upset Reza again to the US 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 whilst Iran’s nuclear application holds the world’s worried cognizance, the revelations inside of A Time to Betray couldn't be extra strong or well timed. Now resigned from his secretive existence to reclaim helpful time along with his family, Reza Kahlili records scenes from historical past with heart-wrenching readability, as he provides 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 very good 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” classification. It is now a part of JCITA’s (Joint Counterintelligence education Academy of DOD) Iranian Program’s readings.
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A sense of something to come, something that had been waiting long, long to happen; an opening of doors, a lifting of heavy, magnificent curtains. My grandfather recovered from his sequence of illnesses, from pneumonia and the mysterious gram-negative infection, but he was never strong again, and his emphysema got a lot worse, even though he gave up smoking and converted to the chewing tobacco that was his solace in these last years. The house in Norwalk was fitted out with antique spittoons. One morning, my grandmother made coffee and called from the top of the stairs, as usual.
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Only the very secure or the heavily sedated would easily consent. In the midst of this grinding tedium, a customer would complain that I was mumbling, or that I had not completed the instructions, or that she couldn’t understand how to operate the machine, or she would complain that I had attempted to touch her ear, while alongside another was sighing, and just behind him or her two or three more of them sighing, irritated that they couldn’t secure their recorded tour and move on. pleading, really, because my education had cost a great deal of money, and this was the only job that I could find in the Bay Area, to which the woman replied, I’m having a bad day too, and I don’t need your rudeness, prying the tape player out of my hands, circumnavigating the line at the register, demanding to see the manager, probably because she’d been in crowds all morning, after which I walked off the line, leaving my colleagues to fend for themselves, the only time I did so during the months I had the job, and went into the dim, plain room behind the racks of cassette recorders where we were allowed to eat our lunches, and where Dan and his partner counted the lucre, and I punched the wall, in front of my boss, and said, I can’t take this shit, a bit of drama, some gratuitous obscenity, but evidently I could take that shit, because soon I was back on the line, as I was every day during the three months in which I made $26 a day, or $520 a month, for a yearly pretax wage of $6,240.
A Time to Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent Inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran by Reza Kahlili