Very compelling and well written account from a young Iranian who experienced first hand the pleasures (as a member of a well to do family) of pre-Khomeini Iran and the horrors of the Khomeini regime and its successors. The story covers a lot of ground, including his days as a foreign student at USC to his witnessing the torture and murder of the family of his closest childhood friend at the hands of the twisted regime that governed Iran after Khomeini came to power. The book is very well written, with a personal, candid account of the author's loves, fears, and moral dilemmas as he moves forward to work with the CIA as the only course he sees open to counter the horrid regime that has taken over Iran.
All that said, the author advises that names and places in his story have been changed to protect his identity and that of his family, for obvious reasons. In that regard, I strongly suspect that many of the stories and adventures he recounts in this book may not be episodes in his own life, but accounts that he had heard from others. Still, he makes their stories his own in a gripping and very exciting book. An unfortunate eye-opener about the true nature of the most extreme elements in the Iranian regime.
When you hear about problems, wars and supression in the east, it's never the story about Iran and the Iranian people. So this is indeed a very important story to tell and it underlines just how hard it is to live in a land full of injustice towards it's people.
Thought I knew more then most abut the middle east. Iran however, appears to be a different animal they any other country. The story was great as well as the performance. Must read if you love good stories.
Makes you think about how other countries, especially those with different ideologies, function. This story has been embellished, no doubt, but if even half of it is true, this book bears consideration by every person with the freedom to read it.
The author provides first hand insight into the wide range of political views within Iran both before and after the revolution. His perspective of Western influence in the Middle East presents an eye opening picture of appeasement and arms deals. Covering a period of 50 years, you are presented with the contrast of the Reign of Shaw versus the radical Islamic Regime under the Ayatollahs. Proving that any form of government that allows for concentration of power in any form leads to corruption and a willingness to keep that power at any price.
Extraordinarily well produced, and a stirring story reminding one to keep perspective and wary of unintended consequences from political and religious movements.
One of the most memorable moments was when his wife expressed her hatred and disgust for the job he held with the Revolutionary Guards. The emotions that Reza had were powerful and well conveyed.
Unbelievable story that is absolutely riveting. Much like a good physical book is hard to put down, this audio book was so compelling that It was very hard to pause the recording.
I love history and learning about other people around the world. This book gave me my first insight into Iran from the Iranian perspective. Iran sounds like a fascinating place, and I wish it were safe enough for me to visit. I thought the author was incredibly fair in his treatment of America too. He praised us for what we do well and criticized us where we fell short in our political actions.
I loved the espionage and intrigue in the book. Several times I was on the edge of my seat with fear for Reza and his family. Thrillingly read made more thrilling in that it is a true story!