A Time to Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent by Reza Kahlili

By Reza Kahlili

A real tale as exhilarating as an excellent undercover 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 likelihood may possibly: the internal workings of the infamous progressive Guards of Iran, as witnessed by means of an Iranian guy within their ranks who spied for the yank govt. it's a human tale, a chronicle of kin and friendships torn aside by means of a terror-mongering regime, and the way the grownup offerings of 3 early life associates 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 guide a stunning double lifestyles informing at the cherished state of his delivery, a spot that when provided the promise of freedom and enlightenment—but as an alternative governed via murderous violence and spirit-crushing oppression.

Reza Kahlili grew up in Tehran surrounded through his close-knit family members and lively boyhood pals. 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 computing device technological know-how on the collage of Southern California within the Nineteen Seventies. yet his carefree time in the US used to be reduce 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 less 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 legal, a shattered and disappointed Reza again to the USA 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 whilst Iran’s nuclear application holds the world’s nervous cognizance, the revelations inside of A Time to Betray couldn't be extra strong or well timed. Now resigned from his secretive lifestyles to reclaim worthy time together with his household, Reza Kahlili files scenes from background with heart-wrenching readability, as he provides important info from the Iran-Iraq battle, 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 extraordinary occasions that culminates in a nation’s struggle for freedom that maintains to this very day.

A TIME TO BETRAY was once the winner of The nationwide most sensible Books 2010 Awards for Non-Fiction Narrative. It used to be 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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Not a few people in the area had their own private racetracks, one of them belonging to Mrs. Randolph Dupont Scott, a Dupont heiress who had married a handsome “poor white trash” hunt servant named Randolph Scott, who went on to become a Hollywood star. Mrs. Scott was at the apex of the horse world, higher even than Paul Mellon, who had more money, but slightly less horsey cachet. The Duke of Rappahannock, with whom we were to ride the next day, was right up there with them, though, Jane assured me on the way home, with his own racecourse, his own racing stable, and his own stud farm, a patron of several local hunts and a very grand personage indeed.

Since it seemed like the thing to do, I had one myself. “When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” I told myself, and indeed I soon felt a good deal more optimistic about the whole day, and the pounding in my head from last night’s drinking began to retreat. It actually occurred to me that the day might turn out to be good fun. This illusion was somewhat shattered once we got to the stable. Black Jack, who had been docile enough the day before until Jane started to go over fences, was in a wild-eyed lather this morning.

The walls were covered with paintings and drawings of horses, framed photographs of people on horseback going back to the 1920s, and group photographs of polo teams, eventing teams, and hunt meetings. Everywhere there were signs of horsey activity. The mudroom was jammed with riding boots and Wellington boots, spurs, Barbour rain gear, hunt caps and whips of every size and type, dog leashes, a corkboard with rows of fading ribbons, and a glassed-in cabinet full of silver riding trophies and horse sculpture.

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