By Reza Kahlili
A real tale as exhilarating as an exceptional undercover agent mystery, as turbulent as today's headlines from the center East, 2010 nationwide top Books Award-winning A Time to Betray unearths what no different past CIA operative's memoir in all probability may: the interior workings of the infamous innovative Guards of Iran, as witnessed by way of an Iranian guy inside of their ranks who spied for the yank govt. 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 formative years 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 steer a surprising double lifestyles informing at the cherished kingdom of his delivery, a spot that when provided the promise of freedom and enlightenment--but as a substitute governed by means of murderous violence and spirit-crushing oppression.
Reza Kahlili grew up in Tehran surrounded via his close-knit kinfolk and lively boyhood associates. The Iran of his formative years 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 Seventies. yet his carefree time in the USA was once minimize brief with the unexpected demise 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 spiritual fundamentalism less than the Ayatollah Khomeini, and Reza, clinging to the wish of a Persian Renaissance, joined the innovative Guards, an elite strength on the beck and contact 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 secret agent for the CIA.
In the wake of an Iranian election that sparked international outrage, at a time whilst Iran's nuclear software holds the world's nervous cognizance, the revelations within A Time to Betray couldn't be extra robust or well timed. Now resigned from his secretive lifestyles to reclaim priceless time along with his family, Reza Kahlili files scenes from heritage with heart-wrenching readability, as he offers 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 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 2011 foreign publication Awards in different types of: Autobiography/Memoirs and top New Non-Fiction. It used to be additionally the winner of The nationwide most sensible Books 2010 Awards for Non-Fiction Narrative and venerated because the "Finalist" within the "Autobiography/Memoirs" type. It is now a part of JCITA's (Joint Counterintelligence education Academy of DOD) and CI CENTRE (The chief in Counterintelligence), Iranian Program's readings. A TIME TO BETRAY used to be selected because the e-book of the Month for January 2011 by way of the journal of The Marines - Leatherneck.
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2, 443, no. 1776. indd 13 6/27/2006 2:01:23 PM 14 devin deweese the Iranocentric vision noted in the case of some Persian historians of this period, but at the same time there is little evident interest in Mongol lore or traditions as such (of the sort evident in the work of RashÊd al-DÊn, for instance). As a biographical compendium, the work is distinctive among extant works from this era for its organization by laqab. Better-known works of this genre from the thirteenth century—those of Y§qåt (d.
Within a single biographical entry he will cite books and other written material (above all, lists of teachers and masters) that he inspected personally, including samples of poetry he solicited 6 As Ibn al-FuwaãÊ himself tells it, his own erudition was such that natives of a particular region who came to see him would often ask him about some cultural production of their homeland; for example, a native of Banakat, near Tashkent, who came to Maragha in 671/1272–73 and worked as a copyist, asked Ibn alFuwaãÊ about “poetry by the learned men of Mawarannahr and Turkistan” (Ibn al-FuwaãÊ , vol.
The roundels alternate with pairs of smaller lobed medallions bearing a coiled dragon. 17 The roundels are framed by interlocking circles, a well-known motif in twelfth- and the Mongols and their kin, see the magisterial work by Peter Andrews (1999). 12 Masuya (2002), 81–84. Also see Allsen (1997), 13–15. 13 Masuya (2002), 78. 14 JuwaynÊ (1958), vol. 2, 616. 15 Andrews (1999), pls. 95–108. 16 Komaroff and Carboni, eds. (2002), no. 73, based on Kajitani’s initial research. 17 Both confronted and affronted birds occur.