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   Product Description-A Time to Betray: The Astonishing Double
     Life of a CIA Agent Inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran
  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.

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Customer Reviews:
209 of 215 people found the following review helpful

a real hero, April 6, 2010 By bookfan
This review is from: A Time to Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent Inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran
(Hardcover) I'm a cynical guy. US politics teaches me that leaders are cowards and fakers who are really out for their own glory.
Americans desperately need a hero, and this author is the real deal. He started as a religious idealist whose talents made him
the ultimate insider. When he witnessed unspeakable tortures committed against the families of people suspected of betrayal,
he betrayed his "brothers." He volunteered to spy for the CIA, loading us up with invaluable information about Khomeini's
associates. Every day he had to stare into the faces of people who would torture his wife and baby if they found out, but he kept
going. He never got any fame or credit, and he did it totally alone, on his own initiative.I'm a hard-hearted guy. I don't cry at
sappy movies. But Khalili's rendering of his two best friends and their youthful idealism, and the separate paths they chose in
the Iranian Revolution, repeatedly got me choked up. The story is tragic and horrifying, the espionage is...

63 of 65 people found the following review helpful

A Time For Love and Courage, April 24, 2010 By Trapper (WA)
This review is from: A Time to Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent Inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran
(Hardcover) A Time to BetrayThis book wears a mask. Behind the mask there is neither Mister Phelps nor a tape that will
self-destruct, but there is an almost unbelievable bundle of real flesh and blood courage and there is a real `Mission Impossible.'
Without the mask there would be no book, or only a posthumous one.So, for God's sake put aside reservations about filters and
pseudonyms and fictionalized settings for this stunning first-hand account of a double agent living a double life one heartbeat
away from certain death, deep inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran.Read the book.If it doesn't change your life, it will change
your outlook.It did mine. It changed my view of Iran, which I previously believed to be a nation of madmen. Now I know it is only
ruled by madmen, but, just under the surface, it is the home of unmatched heroism.Despite the vast gulf between our life
histories, I feel a kinship with Reza, the man...

69 of 72 people found the following review helpful

Read This Book! It's Brilliant, April 6, 2010 By SmoothSail (Los Angeles, CA)
This review is from: A Time to Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent Inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran
(Hardcover) I saw a review by Michael Totten who said this book is a real page turner - that he couldn't put it down. True words.
It gripped me from the first page. I don't have enough words to describe all the emotions the writer evokes. It reads like a novel,
but it's a true story, which the best spy book writers couldn't invent.You are right there with him as he tries to carry on a normal
life working for the Revolutionary Guards, all the while spying for the CIA. The events that turned him into a spy are heart
wrenching. You get to know his family and friends as if they were sitting next to you. You feel the terror and sadness of the
young people of Iran as they try to deal with a new Thugocracy that's taken over their country. You understand Reza's confusion
and being torn, trying to find the right thing to do. You get anxious and feel the panic as he finds himself in situations that you
know he can't get out, but he manages. He's still around.This is the first book...

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