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We live in an age when international conflicts often begin with no formal declaration of war and evolve in unpredictable, sometimes even uncontrollable ways. For three decades, the United States and Iran have been waging a secret war. It began with the Iranian popular uprising against the American-supported Shah, but soon took on a life of its own. David Crist's The Twilight War serves as a history of these surreptitious bouts of give-and-take, involving everything from spies, speedboats, clandestine soldiers, and computer hackers. There were times when either or both parties attempted to enact an informal truce: Crist reveals the story of post-September 11th secret negotiations that finally ended President George W. Bush's rebuff of Iranian overtures. With its continuing foreign policy implications, this book is likely to receive significant media attention.