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    A Time to Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent Inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran (CD-Audio) By (author) Reza Kahlili, Narrator Richard Allen

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    DescriptionA true story as exhilarating as a great spy thriller, as turbulent as today's headlines from the Middle East, "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 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.


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    Title
    A Time to Betray
    Subtitle
    The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent Inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Reza Kahlili, Narrator Richard Allen
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 168 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781400147571
    ISBN 10: 1400147573
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW3
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJPN
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJPR
    BIC subject category V2: BM
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF1
    LC classification: CT
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FBN
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: JPSH
    Abridged Dewey: 920
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 55580
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 26
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400
    BISAC V2.8: HIS026000
    Ingram Subject Code: JA
    Libri: I-JA
    BISAC V2.8: POL036000, TRU001000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 51
    B&T Approval Code: A44403060
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    B&T Approval Code: A15306000
    DC22: 327.1273092
    Thema V1.0: JPSH, DNC, NHG
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MPQ, 3MPQX, 3MPQZ
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1FBN
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Library ed
    Publisher
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    31 May 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym to protect the author's identity. He was born, raised, and married in Tehran, and now lives in California. Richard Allen is a five-time Audie-nominated narrator whose work has been acknowledged on the Best Audiobooks Lists for "Audiofile" and "Library Journal."
    Review quote
    "This is the first inside account by someone so strategically placed. Without embellishing, Kahlili manages to convey the horror of Iran's regime after the downfall of the shah." ---Library Journal