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Twilight War The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran

ISBN-10: 1594203415
ISBN-13: 9781594203411
Edition: 2012
Authors: David Crist
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Description: The dramatic secret history of our undeclared thirty-year conflict with Iran, revealing newsbreaking episodes of covert and deadly operations that brought the two nations to the brink of open warFor three decades, the United States and Iran have  More...

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Book details

List price: $36.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 7/19/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 656
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.420
Language: English

The dramatic secret history of our undeclared thirty-year conflict with Iran, revealing newsbreaking episodes of covert and deadly operations that brought the two nations to the brink of open warFor three decades, the United States and Iran have engaged in a secret war. It is a conflict that has never been acknowledged and a story that has never been told. This surreptitious war began with the Iranian revolution and simmers today inside Iraq and in the Persian Gulf. Fights rage in the shadows, between the CIA and its network of spies and Iran's intelligence agency. Battles are fought at sea with Iranians in small speedboats attacking Western oil tankers. This conflict has frustrated five American presidents, divided administrations, and repeatedly threatened to bring the two nations into open warfare. It is a story of shocking miscalculations, bitter debates, hidden casualties, boldness, and betrayal. A senior historian for the federal government with unparalleled access to senior officials and key documents of several U.S. administrations, Crist has spent more than ten years researching and writing The Twilight War, and he breaks new ground on virtually every page. Crist describes the series of secret negotiations between Iran and the United States after 9/11, culminating in Iran's proposal for a grand bargain for peace-which the Bush administration turned down. He documents the clandestine counterattack Iran launched after America's 2003 invasion of Iraq, in which thousands of soldiers disguised as reporters, tourists, pilgrims, and aid workers toiled to change the government in Baghdad and undercut American attempts to pacify the Iraqi insurgency. And he reveals in vivid detail for the first time a number of important stories of military and intelligence operations by both sides, both successes and failures, and their typically unexpected consequences. Much has changed in the world since 1979, but Iran and America remain each other's biggest national security nightmares. "The Iran problem" is a razor-sharp briar patch that has claimed its sixth presidential victim in Barack Obama and his administration. The Twilight Waradds vital new depth to our understanding of this acute dilemma it is also a thrillingly engrossing read, animated by a healthy irony about human failings in the fog of not-quite war.

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Preface
"A Little King in Your Heart"
A New Grand Strategy
Barbed-Wire Bob
A Den of Spies
A Fig Leaf of Neutrality
Sharon's Grand Design
A Spectacular Action
The American Hamlet
Sleepy Hollow
Arms For the Ayatollah
A Ring on the American Finger
The Wake-Up Call
The Invisible Hand of God
A Window of Opportunity
The Night Stalkers
A Very Close Call
No Higher Honor
Good-Bye, Captain Nasty
The Terrible Climax
Goodwill Begets Goodwill
War or Peace
An Atrocity
An Axis of Evil
Defeat or Victory
The Freedom Agenda
A Quasi-War
An Extended Hand and a Closed Fist
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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