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Guests of the Ayatollah : the first battle in America's war with militant Islam

Author: Mark Bowden
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, ©2006.
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A 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 52 Americans hostage, and kept nearly all of them hostage for 444 days. Journalist Bowden tells the story through the eyes of the hostages, the soldiers in a new  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Chronology
Personal narratives
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bowden, Mark, 1951-
Guests of the Ayatollah.
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2006
(OCoLC)607809872
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Bowden
ISBN: 0871139251 9780871139252 9780739475881 0739475886
OCLC Number: 62738726
Description: 680 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: The "Set-In" --
Den of spies --
Waiting --
One hundred and thirty-two men --
Haggling with the barbarians.
Responsibility: Mark Bowden.
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A 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 52 Americans hostage, and kept nearly all of them hostage for 444 days. Journalist Bowden tells the story through the eyes of the hostages, the soldiers in a new special forces unit sent to free them, their radical, naïve 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.--From publisher description.

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