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Guests of the Ayatollah
Guests of the Ayatollah: The Iran Hostage Crisis: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam | 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 sent to free them, their radical 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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Nebklvr
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An intense look at the hostage crisis at the US embassy in Tehran. Very well written. Not all of the hostages receive the same amount of attention as not all of them wanted to relive the experience.

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Nebklvr
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Still not 50% in!

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Nebklvr
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Feeling very intimidated

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#3 for #nonfictionnovember. Hope this goes well. It is huge!

ChasingOm I read this a few years ago — it‘s fascinating! 1mo
Nebklvr @ChasingOm Glad to hear it as it looks intimidating 1mo
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#readjanuary #signedbytheauthor We go to a lot of author events but many of these are from people who spoke at the organization I work for. Guests of the Ayatollah isn't signed by the author, but by Bruce Laingen, the principal hostage during the Iran hostage crisis. I had a great day driving him around to speak at a couple of schools. An extraordinary and sweet man. @RealLifeReading