• The Twilight War

  • The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran
  • By: David Crist
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 25 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (159 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The dramatic secret history of the undeclared, ongoing war between the US and Iran

For the past three decades, the United States and Iran have been engaged in an unacknowledged secret war. This conflict has frustrated five American presidents, divided administrations, and repeatedly threatened to bring the two nations to the brink of open warfare. 

Drawing upon unparalleled access to senior officials and key documents of several US administrations, David Crist, a senior historian in the federal government, breaks new ground in virtually every section of The Twilight War. 

From the Iranian Revolution to secret negotiations between Iran and the United States after 9/11 to Iran's nuclear program and sanctions against it, Crist brings vital new depth to our understanding of "the Iran problem" - and what the future of this tense relationship may bring.

©2019 David Crist (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Most authoritative book on conflict on Iran, hands down.

Chronological, succinct and insightful. Author knows how to be fair and open about mistakes and successes on both sides. Must read for any Iran follower.

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Comprehensive and balanced analysis

This book provided one of the best overviews of US-Iranian relations since the fall of the Shah. The author's insights appear to have been derived from a close reading contemporaneous news sources, diplomatic exchanges, and interviews of key participants in the conflict. His analysis is balanced and addresses the failures and missed opportunities of both sides to establish a healthy bilateral relationship. This was an excellent read and I recommend it to anyone interested in U.S. foreign policy or Near Eastern affairs.

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Ties together a complex, persistent war

The book describes in part the US shooting down Iran Air Flight 655, a passenger flight from Tehran to Dubai via Bandar Abbas that was shot down on 3 July 1988 by an SM-2MR surface-to-air missile fired from USS Vincennes, a guided-missile cruiser of the United States Navy.

On 8 January 2020, Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 was a scheduled international passenger flight from Tehran to Kiev operated by Ukraine International Airlines (UIA). It was shot down by the Iranian military. The circumstances surrounding each incident involved confusion and poor communication by the combatants, The results in each case were horrific.

Anyone who is interested in how the relationship between the US and Iran got to where we are today will benefit from this book.

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loved it

gets into both the history and times iran and us relations it's worth your time

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reads like a textbook

Verrrry boring, it's very thorough which is great if you're looking for a complete history but the majority of seems to be just listing off names

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Very comprehensive and balanced

The book explores the animosity between the US and Iran over 50 years. The author conducted countless interviews with Americans and Iranians. He captures their perspectives on each other very well. Opportunities for peace were missed by both sides.I would especially recommend this book for policymakers and journalists specializing in the region because it is very long and very detailed.

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History

Like all things in life of you stick around long enough you tend to see a lot of similarities in different conflicts. This is a great read for anyone wondering what is going on with Iran today.

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good book, narrator not for me.

second book by this author, its difficult to listen to, uses inflection as he seems fit, not exactly helpful to telling the story.

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Helpful chronology, pedestrian analysis

interesting to hear from Crist's son, helpful chronology of decisionmaking across several admins, pedestrian analysis.

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Good story line, but wrong conclusion

The author comes to wrong conclusion that by talking to maniac mullahs the USA can get Iran to come to an “understanding”. WRONG! Only continued harsh and punishing sanctions causing their economy to sink will tame or even better overthrow the Mullahs. When this evil regime collapses or dies out will Iran become a peaceful nation- everything else is dangerous wishful thinking!

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