Guests of the Ayatollah: The Iran Hostage Crisis: The First Battle in America’s War with Militant Islam

Guests of the Ayatollah: The Iran Hostage Crisis: The First Battle in America’s War with Militant Islam

Mark Bowden


From the best-selling writer of Black Hawk Down comes a riveting, definitive chronicle of the Iran hostage drawback, America’s first conflict with militant Islam. On November four, 1979, a gaggle of radical Islamist scholars, encouraged by way of the innovative Iranian chief Ayatollah Khomeini, stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran. They took fifty-two american citizens hostage, and stored the vast majority of them hostage for 444 days. In Guests of the Ayatollah, Mark Bowden tells this sweeping tale in the course of the eyes of the hostages, the warriors in a brand new detailed forces unit despatched to unfastened them, their radical, naïve captors, and the diplomats operating to finish the drawback. Bowden takes us contained in the hostages’ cells and contained in the Oval place of work for conferences with President Carter and his exhausted workforce. We shuttle to foreign capitals the place shadowy figures held clandestine negotiations, and to the deserts of Iran, the place a brave, determined try and rescue the hostages exploded into tragic failure. Bowden devoted 5 years to this learn, together with various journeys to Iran and numerous interviews with these concerned on either side. Guests of the Ayatollah is an in depth, brilliantly re-created, and suspenseful account of a predicament that gripped and finally replaced the world.

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