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- Print Length: 378 pages
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- Publisher: Outer Banks Publishing Group (June 14, 2011)
- Publication Date: June 14, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00562OAT4
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More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
We hope Roberts continues creating scenarios; witty, surprising and educating!
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.Read more ›
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The tale,itself was quite enjoyable, although the situation seemed to have been displaced in time. All told things weren't as bad when I was there from 75-78. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Greenwing
Loved this book. I hated to have it end. A good mix of romance, suspense and history. Very well written. A page turner.Published 21 months ago by Foewillis
Easy read...gives you a "back-door" look at Iran in the early years leading up to the Revolution. Robert's text places you in Tehran just as the pot starts to boil. Read morePublished on June 4, 2013 by Lew Shuman
A book you can't put down. Kept me on the edge all the way to the end. A story of romance and drama. A very good read...Published on March 15, 2013 by Laurie Smith
Boy! this was good! I loved meeting the parents, trying to outrun his memories in the park ...takes me back to those times, the music and love, anger and rage over politics and... Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by Jan