For three decades, the United States and Iran have engaged in a secret war that began with the Iranian Revolution and simmers today inside Iraq and in the Persian Gulf. This briar patch of a conflict has frustrated five American presidents (snaring its sixth with Barack Obama), divided administrations, and repeatedly threatened to bring the two nations into open warfare. A senior historian for the federal government with unparalleled access, David Crist, author of The Twilight War, reveals the war’s secret negotiations, clandestine counterattacks, and hidden casualties and explains why, although much has changed since 1979, Iran and America remain each other’s biggest national-security nightmares. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with the World Affairs Council and University Book Store. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True/Brown Foundation.