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The Twilight War

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

David Crist - Author

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ISBN 9780143123675 | 656 pages | 02 Jul 2013 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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The dramatic secret history of the undeclared, ongoing war between the U.S. 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 U.S. administrations, David Crist, a senior historian in the federal government, breaks new ground on virtually every page 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.



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Preface

ONE. “A Little Ling in Your Heart”

TWO. A New Grand Strategy

THREE. Barbed-Wire Bob

FOUR. A Den of Spies

FIVE. A Fig Leaf of Neutrality

SIX. Sharon’s Grand Design

SEVEN. A Spectacular Action

EIGHT. The American Hamlet

NINE. Sleepy Hollow

TEN. Arms for the Ayatollah

ELEVEN. A Ring on the American Finger

TWELVE. The Wake-Up Call

THIRTEEN. The Invisible Hand of God

FOURTEEN. A Window of Opportunity

FIFTEEN. The Night Stalkers

SIXTEEN. A Very Close Call

SEVENTEEN. No Higher Honor

EIGHTEEN. Good-Bye, Captain Nasty

NINETEEN. The Terrible Climax

TWENTY. Goodwill Begets Goodwill

TWENTY-ONE. War or Peace

TWENTY-TWO. An Atrocity

TWENTY-THREE. An Axis of Evil

TWENTY-FOUR. Defeat or Victory

TWENTY-FIVE. The Freedom Agenda

TWENTY-SIX. A Quasi-War

TWENTY-SEVEN. An Extended Hand and a Closed Fist

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

Notes

Index


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