CIR Book Club – July meeting on Second Tuesday of the month

July book selection:  The Twilight War, the Secret History of America’s Thirty Year Conflict with Iran

by: David Crist

Location: Pick Room at the main library in downtown Santa Fe


We’re holding the meeting on July 9 (second Tuesday) because of conflicts with 4th of July week.

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 war.

For 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.

The book is available at Amazon among others and at the Santa Fe Library.

In November we’ll have a special book club discussion meeting. Our book will be The World Under Pressure: How China and India Are Influencing the Global Economy and Environment (Stanford Economics and Finance), by Carl Dahlman. Dr. Dahlman will be visiting Santa Fe and has offered to join our discussion of his book. He is the Henry Luce Professor of International Relations at Georgetown and has a prior distinguished career with the World Bank. He will meet with us and then, on the following day, address a larger CIR group. Our plans are to have his book available at the Collected Works Book Store where we will hold our November 5 meeting. This is advance notice for a special Nov.5 CIR Book Club event.

Call Lee Berry, Book Club Coordinator, for more information: 986-8552.