Off the Radar

Off the Radar

A Father's Secret, A Mother's Heroism, and A Son's Quest

Book - 2015
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A spy story, a mystery, a father-son heartbreaker: Cyrus Copeland seeks the truth about his father, an American executive arrested in Iran for spying at the time of the 1979 hostage crisis, then put on trial for his life in a Revolutionary Court.

As a young boy living in Tehran in 1979, Cyrus Copeland--child of an American father and Iranian mother--never dreamed that his dad, an employee of Westinghouse, would be in danger for his life. That is, until the moment his father was arrested on espionage charges and put on trial in a Revolutionary Court. Almost simultaneously, more than fifty other Americans were taken hostage at the U.S. Embassy by Islamist militants, an event that has recently captivated the world again with the success of the book and film  Argo . With the hostage crisis receiving most of the attention from the media and White House, it was largely left to Copeland's mother and family to negotiate his father's reprieve from the firing squad. Now, more than thirty years later, Copeland sets out to find the truth about his father and his role in the Iranian hostage crisis. Was he in fact an intelligence operative--a weapons-system expert--caught red-handed by the Iranian regime, or was he innocent all along? Part mystery, part reportage, and part detective work, Copeland's brilliantly original family epic is a powerful memoir and adventure. 

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Blue Rider Press, c2015.
ISBN: 9780399158506
Branch Call Number: 955.0542 COP
Characteristics: 350 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.


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Homa7 Jan 19, 2016

Cyrus Copeland narrated his life during the revolution in Iran and American hostage crisis. A fascinating memoir story richly told from the point of view of the three narrators. It is a memoir of the author's family's experience when his (American) father was accused of being a spy in Iran at the beginning of the revolution in the late 1970s. It is also the story of his heroism (Iranian) mother's efforts to save her husband and get him out of Iran. The third part of the story is the author's search to find out as much as he could to know his father, what happened and whether or not his dad was in the CIA. I highly recommend this book. I found the book to be both engaging and worth reading.

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