Guests of the Ayatollah

Guests of the Ayatollah

The First Battle in America's War With Militant Islam

Book - 2006
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From the best-selling author of Black Hawk Down comes a riveting, definitive chronicle of the Iran hostage crisis, America's first battle with militant Islam. On November 4, 1979, a group of radical Islamist students, inspired by the revolutionary Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini, stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran. They took fifty-two Americans hostage, and kept nearly all of them hostage for 444 days.

In Guests of the Ayatollah , Mark Bowden tells this sweeping story through the eyes of the hostages, the soldiers in a new special forces unit sent to free them, their radical, na#65533;ve captors, and the diplomats working to end the crisis. Bowden takes us inside the hostages' cells and inside the Oval Office for meetings with President Carter and his exhausted team. We travel to international capitals where shadowy figures held clandestine negotiations, and to the deserts of Iran, where a courageous, desperate attempt to rescue the hostages exploded into tragic failure. Bowden dedicated five years to this research, including numerous trips to Iran and countless interviews with those involved on both sides.

Guests of the Ayatollah is a detailed, brilliantly re-created, and suspenseful account of a crisis that gripped and ultimately changed the world.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2006
ISBN: 9780871139252
0871139251
Branch Call Number: 955.0542 BOW
Characteristics: 680 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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Brian_Shaw
Oct 13, 2011

An amazingly detailed story of the Iranian Hostage Crisis. Wonderfly written with details around the 444 crisis, the cause of the hostage takers and the results 25 years later.

A long book (over 600 pages) but well worth the investment of time.

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