Spy Fiction in Tehran: A Talk by Authors Marc Grossman and John Limbert

Monday, December 7, 2020 from 03:00 PM until 04:00 PM
Virtual, Virtual

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Thirty years have passed since a shattered Nilufar Hartman, pregnant and betrayed, fled Iran. She barely got out alive, carrying her deepest secrets of love and tragedy. Hartman had arrived in Tehran in November 1979 to take a job as a junior American diplomat at the U.S. Embassy. She had instead spent nine years as an American spy, reporting from deep inside the new Islamic Republic as it collapsed into extremism, civil strife, and war. After her return to America, she chose a quiet university life and swore she would never again do Washington's bidding. Her tranquility is upended by a plea from Alan Porter, the man who had sent her to Tehran in 1979. Porter tells her about a plot and says she is the only person who can stop it. Hartman is reluctant to go back to Iran, vividly recalling the agony of her years under cover. A commitment to serve the United States propels her back into the maelstrom. Hartman adopts another covert identity and returns to Iran to end the parallel conspiracies intent on sparking a conflict.

About the Authors:

  • Former Ambassador John Limbert was among the last American diplomats to serve in Iran, where he was held as a hostage for fourteen months between 1979 and 1981.
  • Former Ambassador Marc Grossman was a career Foreign Service Officer from 1976 to 2005.

Book Review:
Limbert and Grossman have written an exceptionally intelligent novel embedded deep in the reality of Iran and the dangerous art of spying in a hostile land.
-- Mark Bowden, Award winning author of Black Hawk Down and Guests of the Ayatollah

Registration: Advance registration is not required, and this free event is open to all. You may be prompted to enter your name and email address before being admitted to the webinar.

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Meeting ID: 842 6805 2749

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