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Know Thine Enemy: A Spys's Journey Into Revolutionary Iran

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  13 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
As a CIA spy, Edward Shirley (a pseudonym) operated on the front lines in Europe and the Middle East ferreting out the secrets of the most vociferous enemy of the United States. But, though he studied Iran and had been obsessed with it since childhood, he never actually could cross its borders. The agency would only recruit native-born Iranians to enter the country as spie ...more
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Farrar Straus Giroux
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Michael Burnam-Fink
Apr 19, 2015 Michael Burnam-Fink rated it liked it
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Know Thine Enemy is really three books in one, and all of them mis-titled.

The 'present' of the book is the mid-90s, as Shirley (psuedonym of Reuel Marc Gerecht, former CIA case officer specializing in the Middle East and presently a moderately hawkish DC policy type) goes on a long dreamed of trip into Iran. I can only describe this as the worst idea ever, as it involves smuggling himself over the border in an excruciatingly small hidden compartment in a truck. Shirley will get to see the land-
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DoctorM
Jun 17, 2009 DoctorM rated it really liked it
"Edward Shirley" here is in fact Reuel Marc Gerecht, who was at AEI doing analyses of Iranian and Middle eastern politics for the last few years and is now at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. It's easy to dismiss Gerecht as one more "neo-con" think-tank type, but in point of fact he's been notable for producing insightful work on Iranian affairs--- and his work is worth reading, even if he keeps suspect company.

"Know Thine Enemy" is a fascinating account of Gerecht's trip inside Iran
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David
Aug 01, 2009 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Know Thine Enemy: A Spy's Journey Into Revolutionary Iran" has a misleading subtitle. It really should be called "A Former Spy's Journey Into Post-Revolutionary Iran." That criticism aside, however, this fictionalized account of former CIA case officer Reuel Marc Gerecht's (writing under the pen name Edward Shirley) real-life travel in Iran is a very good book. I can't think of other authors, aside from Robert Kaplan, who deftly weave history and international relations (like the Safavid dynast ...more
Ariel
Feb 07, 2008 Ariel marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
this looks like an interesting one... (Amazon lets you look inside the book at random segments)
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