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  • File Size: 1191 KB
  • Print Length: 378 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Outer Banks Publishing Group (June 14, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 14, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00562OAT4
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More About the Author

I didn't always enjoy writing. But something happened in my senior year of high school. The teacher told us she would be teaching us college preparatory English and it would be a lot harder than standard high school English. I thought that sounded pretty sucky and wanted to drop out. I only got a C- in the course.

But when I started college in the fall at Rio Grande College in Rio Grande Ohio, I received an A on my first English compostion paper and was told by the instructor to see the teacher in charge of publishing the student newspaper. I was instantly made the assistant editor and writer of the college newspaper during my freshman and sophmore years. Every week I would drive our newspaper advisor's Chevy II to Ravenswood, West Virginia and deliver it to the printer where we would go over last minute details. Nothing like that had ever happened to me before.

When I returned from the Army in 1972, I enrolled in the graduate school of journalism at Kent State. I wrote pieces about my time in Iran and also about the oil politics of the Middle East. A couple of them got published in the Daily Kent Stater.

The best job I ever had was as the editor/photographer/writer for an arts newsletter called ArtReach News. ArtReach was one of the pioneering arts organizations that sparked the movement to create an arts district in Columbus, Ohio's Short North district.

Prior to this book I guess my greatest claim to publishing fame was poetry. A self-publisher of several hand-made chapbooks, my inspiring poems of Sufi and Zen themes found acclaim when they were published no less than 16 times in Heart and Wings Journal.

But as a former anti-war activist I felt a growing need to come out of "retirement", inspired by the 2009 phony elections in Iran which sparked an (as yet) unsuccessful uprising. I figured that back in the 1970s I was pretty good at fomenting dissent, shutting down campuses, and pissing off U.S. leaders who defended the lost cause of the Vietnam war. "But did I still have that kind of mojo?" I wondered.

After giving it some careful thought, I figured that with careful wording I could create a three-fer:

1. Tell the world about getting drafted and being sent -- not to Vietnam -- but to Iran where I worked in the Classified Message Center in the equivalent of the Iranian Pentagon. I wanted to spin a nail-biting yarn exposing the repressive era of the Shah.

2. To re-visit some of my own lingering Vietnam era issues in the story; and last but certainly not least

3. Stick my thumb in the eye of Iran's current ruling elites.

Conclusion: My mojo's still there and stronger than ever, if I do say so myself.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mina on September 17, 2011
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This is a special book for me. I wish it could have more stars.

Maybe it is too real. After I read it, the bad dreams come back about SAVAK. Now I see my therapist again. It's OK. It needed to happen. I'm already better.

I feel much love from this book. Fari is my sister. I think she must to be a very special person. I hope I can be like her.

I am glad to read this to the end!!

God bless Iran. Hope to be free soon.

Sorry my English is not so good.

Love, Mina.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jan Karen on January 24, 2012
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as somebody who has lived in the middle east for more than 25 years, i found The Man Who Fooled SAVAK to be very well written. Doug puts his heart and soul into a very down to earth book. He describes to heart the feelings of all of his characters in his book. I feel as if i am friends with Doug and Fari and i can't wait to be together with them in the outcome! Doug gives us a good look as to the freedoms that us as americans truly have or had compared to other countries in the world. i hope that all people can live as free and prosperous. Thank you for your book Doug as it sheds light on the lives of others not as fortunate to love and to live in peace.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darla M. Jolene on August 9, 2012
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An enjoyable story and educational peek at a culture and a way of life abnormal to the majority.
We hope Roberts continues creating scenarios; witty, surprising and educating!
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Doug Roberts in "The Man Who Fooled SAVAK", shows us American military life in Tehran, Iran in the early 70s when the country was still firmly in control of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, and this control is maintained by the 'Organization of Intelligence and National Security', the fearsome SAVAK. Doug Roberts' story, which he tells us is loosely based on his time in Iran, stretches across multiple genres: part "You're in the Army Now", part "Love Story", part "political thriller/escape caper'. You can feel both the emotion and the politics of the author throughout the book. This novel is a love story about a young G.I. and a local Iranian girl. As their relationship deepens, the author learns how her family, and so many other Iranians, suffer under the iron-fist of SAVAK, whose name has become synonymous with torture and murder, and the overpowering symbol of the Shah's corruption and downfall.

As a slice of history, "The Man Who Fooled SAVAK", shows us a part of the world that America was intricately involved yet few Americans know about. America's establishment of the Shah in 1953 via CIA organized coup is the thorn in the side of the Iranian psyche that eventually leads to the 1979 revolution and the taking of the 52 American hostages. SAVAK was the organization that America helped create so the Shah could initially 'weed out' the communist influence in his own military forces, but as the power of SAVAK grew the deadly mission extended to all threats against the regime both external and internal. In Roberts' book, we are still 8 years from the revolution but the seeds are sown. Another interesting aspect of this novel is the author/character's backstory. Before arriving in Tehran as a draftee, Doug Roberts is a student anti-war activist at Kent State University.
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By Dalcassian on December 29, 2013
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A hippie turns soldier in the Vietnam-era, ends up in Iran, and then falls in love with an Iranian woman whose family and associates live under an especially dark cloud of the dictatorial Shah's regime. Mysteries, chase scenes, military and intercultural follies, along with who-can-we-trust and espionage dilemmas ensure the reader a gripping progression of tense subclimaxes and climaxes. Will there be final deliverance of a measure of justice for freedom-minded Iranians? Will the love affair be validated and a damsel in distress rescued? Read this to find out, and also enjoy some important needed stereotype adjustments in the process. (One discomfort -- author uses real names for a story with a fictional narrative. Not sure I like that for characters in a fictionalized reality who are/were not public figures in real life, but it is still a worthy story based on real people, in a real time and place.)
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I lived in Tehran in the 1970's, and the cityscape Roberts describes is familiar to me. However, the perspective from his personal experience was quite enlightening. The novel tells a gripping story with rich detail and personal empathy. It was a fascinating and baffling time to be an American in Iran. I wish people around the world would read this book.
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By Amazon Customer on April 20, 2013
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This is a real page turner which is very hard to put down. It took me back three decades to a time when the Shah was still in power, and made the culture of this fascinating country much more understandable to this mid-western American. I'd recommend it for anyone who likes a good romantic thriller, or has an interest in recent Iranian history.
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