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

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780802143037
Author(s): Mark Bowden
Format: Paperback
Year: 2007
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic
Dimensions: 161 x 228 x 38 (w x l x h)
Pages: 680

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A national best seller, Mark Bowden's Guests of the Ayatollah was published in hardcover just as the United States and Iran faced off over nuclear weapons. As this dangerous conflict deepens, Bowden's extraordinary narrative of the Iran Hostage Crisis, at the root of today's problems, has become more relevant than ever before. On November 4, 1979, a group of radical Islamist students stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran. Inspired by Ayatollah Khomeini, they hoped to stage a three-day sit-in protest of the American decision to allow the exiled shah to enter the United States for medical treatment. But these modest, peaceful aims were supplanted by something much more severe. The students took sixty-six Americans hostage, and kept the majority of them for 444 days in a conflict that riveted and changed the world. In Guests of the Ayatollah, Bowden, a "master of narrative journalism" (The New York Times), tells the sweeping story of this watershed moment in American history. It was America's first showdown with Islamist fundamentalism, a confrontation that has remained at the forefront of American policy to this day. It was also a powerful, dramatic story that captivated the American people. The hostages' families became celebrities, and the never-ending criticism of the government's response crippled Jimmy Carter's reelection campa Please click here to ask a question
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