From the best selling author of Black Hawk Down comes a riveting, definitive chronicle of the Iran hostage crisis, Americas 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, nave 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....
|Title||:||Guests of the Ayatollah: The Iran Hostage Crisis: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam|
|Publisher||:||Grove Press First Trade Paper edition March 13, 2007|
|Number of Pages||:||704 pages|
|File Size||:||781 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Guests of the Ayatollah: The Iran Hostage Crisis: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam Reviews
I was born toward the end of the Iran hostage crisis, so clearly don’t remember it. Although I’ve known it as an important part of modern American history, it’s mostly been through movies like Argo or familial denigration of Jimmy Carter. Mark Bowden’s Guests of the Ayatollah more than makes up for any former lack of understanding. Bowden painstakingly goes through the 444 days of the crisis from the planning by Iranian student groups up until the release. He relates stories from several hostages of different backgrounds and positions in the embassy, which gives it a feeling of completeness. The story is also deeply enriched by interviews with some of the Iranians involved. While the writing is not sympathetic to the Iranian students, their perspective gives important context to the whole affair. Likewise, the American story doesn’t happen just in the embassy compound, Bowden covers how the crisis played out for the Carter Administration and families across the United States. The book reads like a novel in many places, as the story is truly incredible. Afterwards, I enjoyed looking up where some of the main characters are now – some of the Iranians got their first taste of politics in the takeover and have risen quite far in domestic politics. It’s also a humbling reminder that America cannot control all, nor can it always rely on allies for support.
It was too long and not because it was overly detailed. It was repetitive at times and some of the details were interesting but felt out of order.
Fantastic book, well written, researched, fast paced. I learned a lot from this detailed accounting of the Iranian hostage taking that so paralyzed America for 444 days. Bowden went to Iraq, spoke with key participants from there, thus shedding light on their thoughts, motivations and observations of what happened then and since. Pictures and maps are excellent!
This is a fascinating, gripping non-fiction account of the Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979-1981. I bought this book after seeing "Argo." This book is definitely not an account of the true "Argo" story; in fact, the six workers who were the subject of that film are mentioned only very briefly in this book (as in, maybe ten sentences).