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by Reza Kahlili

eBook A Time to Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent Inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran download ISBN: 143918903X
Author: Reza Kahlili
Publisher: Threshold Editions; First Edition edition (April 6, 2010)
Language: English
Pages: 352
ePub: 1117 kb
Fb2: 1944 kb
Rating: 4.6
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Category: Political
Subcategory: Politics and Government

A Time to Betray book.

A Time to Betray book. The book describes the life story of Raza and through his personal story also tells the story of Iran from the time of the Shah to the present day. Through this story, we learn how Iran has evolved from being a liberal and progressive state to a state that is today witness to the day-to-day conduct of the field.

Truth or lies - Three friends - Coming to America - Shah Raft : the revolution - The invincible Imam - A funeral and a wedding - Evin prison - Commitments - The prayer - Code name: Wally - Tricks of the trade - Training for espionage - . .

Truth or lies - Three friends - Coming to America - Shah Raft : the revolution - The invincible Imam - A funeral and a wedding - Evin prison - Commitments - The prayer - Code name: Wally - Tricks of the trade - Training for espionage - A spy returns home. Brothers in arms - Hope and peril - Hejab - The torch is passed - The radical - Suspicions - Another martyr - Too close to home - Far from home - God's house - Brother, my brother - Leaving home - Back into the cold -. Eye for an eye - Double agent - Free at last? -. - Vatan - Omid, Hope.

In A Time to Betray, Reza not only relates his razor’s-edge, undercover existence from moment to heart-pounding moment as he supplies vital information from the Iran-Iraq War, the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, the Iran-Contra affair, and more; he also documents a chain o.

In A Time to Betray, Reza not only relates his razor’s-edge, undercover existence from moment to heart-pounding moment as he supplies vital information from the Iran-Iraq War, the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, the Iran-Contra affair, and more; he also documents a chain of incredible events that culminates in a nation’s fight for freedom that continues. to this very day, making this a timely and vital perspective on the future of Iran and the fate of the world. Kieli: Englanti Kategoria: Elämäkerrat Kääntäjä: Lisätietoa e-kirjasta

This is a good book to help explain the evolution of Iran government over the last 30 years. He does a good job explaining the evils of the Iran leadership

Kahlili has successfully interwoven his personal, childhood experiences in Iran into the story of how a tyrannical regime completely distorted a seemingly promising revolution that he himself believed in deeply. He tells the heartbreaking story of three lifelong friends, torn apart by their very different political views. Having worked for the CIA myself, although at a later period in time, I recognize some of the same feelings of disillusionment that Mr. Kahlili expresses at certain points in the book. This is a good book to help explain the evolution of Iran government over the last 30 years. He does a good job explaining the evils of the Iran leadership.

Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym to protect the author's identity. Khomeini truly was a historical nightmare to the great people of Iran and an antithesis to what Persia has historically offered to humanity. He was born, raised, and married in Tehran, and now lives in California. No entity can be further away from ideas expressed in Cyrus cylinder than Khomeini's reactionary thesis on religion and politics. The author admits that he did not have the courage to stand up against the regime.

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A TIME TO BETRAY was chosen as the Book of the Month for January 2011 by the Magazine of The Marines - Leatherneck.

Reza Kahlili grew up in Tehran surrounded by his close-knit family and two spirited boyhood friends. The Iran of his youth allowed Reza to think and act freely, and even indulge a penchant for rebellious pranks in the face of the local mullahs. His political and personal freedoms flourished while he studied computer science at the University of Southern California in the 1970s. In the wake of an Iranian election that sparked global outrage, at a time when Iran's nuclear program holds the world's anxious attention, the revelations inside A Time to Betray could not be more powerful or timely.

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A true story as exhilarating as a great spy thriller, as turbulent as today's headlines from the Middle East, 2010 National Best Books Award-winning A Time to Betray reveals what no other previous CIA operative's memoir possibly could: the inner workings of the notorious Revolutionary Guards of Iran, as witnessed by an Iranian man inside their ranks who spied for the American government. It is a human story, a chronicle of family and friendships torn apart by a terror-mongering regime, and how the adult choices of three childhood mates during the Islamic Republic yielded divisive and tragic fates. And it is the stunningly courageous account of one man's decades-long commitment to lead a shocking double life informing on the beloved country of his birth, a place that once offered the promise of freedom and enlightenment--but instead ruled by murderous violence and spirit-crushing oppression.Reza Kahlili grew up in Tehran surrounded by his close-knit family and two spirited boyhood friends. The Iran of his youth allowed Reza to think and act freely, and even indulge a penchant for rebellious pranks in the face of the local mullahs. His political and personal freedoms flourished while he studied computer science at the University of Southern California in the 1970s. But his carefree time in America was cut short with the sudden death of his father, and Reza returned home to find a country on the cusp of change. The revolution of 1979 plunged Iran into a dark age of religious fundamentalism under the Ayatollah Khomeini, and Reza, clinging to the hope of a Persian Renaissance, joined the Revolutionary Guards, an elite force at the beck and call of the Ayatollah. But as Khomeini's tyrannies unfolded, as his fellow countrymen turned on each other, and after the horror he witnessed inside Evin Prison, a shattered and disillusioned Reza returned to America to dangerously become "Wally," a spy for the CIA.In the wake of an Iranian election that sparked global outrage, at a time when Iran's nuclear program holds the world's anxious attention, the revelations inside A Time to Betray could not be more powerful or timely. Now resigned from his secretive life to reclaim precious time with his loved ones, Reza Kahlili documents scenes from history with heart-wrenching clarity, as he supplies vital information from the Iran-Iraq War, the Marine barracks bombings in Beirut, the catastrophes of Pan Am Flight 103, the scandal of the Iran-Contra affair, and more . . . a chain of incredible events that culminates in a nation's fight for freedom that continues to this very day. A TIME TO BETRAY was the winner of The 2011 International Book Awards in two categories of: Autobiography/Memoirs and Best New Non-Fiction. It was also the winner of  The National Best Books 2010 Awards for Non-Fiction Narrative and honored as the "Finalist" in the "Autobiography/Memoirs" category. It is now part of JCITA's (Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy of DOD) and CI CENTRE (The Leader in Counterintelligence), Iranian Program's readings. A TIME TO BETRAY was chosen as the Book of the Month for January 2011 by the Magazine of The Marines - Leatherneck.
Comments: (7)
Grarana
This is truly an amazing book. The author takes the reader through some really horrific experiences - from the torture and rape of virgins prior to execution in Evin prison, to witnessing the stoning of a young woman - this book kept me thinking a long time after I had put it down. Mr. Kahlili has successfully interwoven his personal, childhood experiences in Iran into the story of how a tyrannical regime completely distorted a seemingly promising revolution that he himself believed in deeply. He tells the heartbreaking story of three lifelong friends, torn apart by their very different political views. Having worked for the CIA myself, although at a later period in time, I recognize some of the same feelings of disillusionment that Mr. Kahlili expresses at certain points in the book. However, while most of the CIA officers the author was exposed to seemed to be confidence-inspiring, my experience was more akin to his with Andrew, albeit less intelligent versions of Andrew. I found the book to be horrifying, depressing, and heartwarming all at the same time.
I highly recommend that everyone read this book.
Manazar
The author states that "Arrests and executions escalated to the point where it seemed everyone knew someone caught in the nightmare." Islamic Revolution was truly a nightmare for majority of Iranians. Many of the negative reviews base their analysis on improbability of all the events happening to one individual. Being an Iranian myself and having lived in Iran as a child and adult I can tell you that one indeed can not find many people who have not in one way or another felt the sting of this nightmare. My own aunt's house was hit by an Iraqi missile. They were very lucky because they were not home that night. My own high school friend was executed at the age of 15 by the regime. His body was given to his parents and they were told not hold a public funeral for their own son. Two of my friends were captured by Iraqis and became POWs. They were released later after the war was over. My cousin served in the front and became "moji" "post traumatic disorder." He sat home all day, rocking back and forth. The government gave him absolutely nothing in compensation. He died a few years ago in abject poverty. Another family member was shot dead at one of the early demonstrations against regime's brutality. I know many friends of mine who have also lost friends and family members. Very similar to the author, I wish I was as brave as these people who stood up against tyranny and lost their lives. Khomeini truly was a historical nightmare to the great people of Iran and an antithesis to what Persia has historically offered to humanity. No entity can be further away from ideas expressed in Cyrus cylinder than Khomeini's reactionary thesis on religion and politics. The author admits that he did not have the courage to stand up against the regime. He did his best by exposing the guards without getting killed, and he needs to get credit for that. I believe his story.
Rrinel
In an effort to try and understand the Middle East and the many religious factions I bought this book in hopes it would shed light on the history of that part of the world. What a surprising read this was. It was so well written that I literally could not put it down, reading till late into the night. What a wonderful man Reza is and what a lucky man to have found such a sweet, understanding, and tolerant wife who obviously loves him dearly. While he was torn, he chose to follow his heart in the hopes that his beautiful country could one day be what it used to be. That alone was a surprise to me; that Iran was ever a "beautiful country" for in my lifetime it seems as I have only heard of war and hatred. Reza was so brave and I hope somehow honored and compensated for all he did for our country in his efforts to provide information to bring about change in this world. He provided a wealth of information on a silver platter to the CIA in spite of the horrendous risks he faced minute to minute as well as his family. I will read this book again. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in this part of the world. A well written piece of art. Deserves more than 5 stars!!!!!
Kerahuginn
This is a great book. I paid a penny for it, so cost was amazing... But having read it, I think a price below $15 would be well worth it. I will not comment on the story at all... I think that with this book it is one that will be much more powerful going into not knowing anything about it, other than it is well written.

The book lit a fire within me a times. It had me burning mad, sad, laughing, indifferent, and a host of other emotions. Creating real emotions from a story is a sign of quality. Add to that the fact that this is a real story, and it becomes even more amazing.

It definitely had a profound impact on me... I found myself better understanding Iran, the Persian Empire and subsequently the people there... If you want to better understand the reason Iran is the way it is you need to read this book. It is very clear and very simple to understand. It is also interesting to see how our government deals with informants.

Of all the books I have read, this is very high on the list of must reads!
Yojin
Excellent book! As a former intel officer, I particularly appreciated this (relatively old - 1980) account of an IRGC officer's passage through the Iranian Revolution, the brutality of the theocratic regime and his realization he must work with CIA to destroy it. His courage and his living a Dual Life in the Belly of the Beast make this man a true hero - someone to admire! Sadly, this man may not see the "fall of the ayatollahs" in his lifetime - especially when the present US Administration does all it can to empower this evil, twisted regime and its worldwide sponsorship of terror - just so it can point to ONE foreign policy "success" in an ocean of Failure. The Khamenei regime will get its nukes - and then the real fun will begin!