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"The 1979 seizure by Iranian "students" of the U.S. embassy and the kidnapping of its diplomats was more than a national humiliation. It was arguably the most flagrant violation ever of modern international diplomatic law. The popular Bowden (Black Hawk Down, 1999; Killing Pablo 2001) recalls the episode, detailing the invasion of the embassy, the abuse meted out to the captured diplomats and several CIA officers, and President Jimmy Carter's dilemmas and decisions during the protracted year-plus crisis. The revolutionary milieu from which the kidnappers emerged is reflected in Bowden's portrayals of the student-jailers, for whom the temptation to interrogate, berate, and beat the Americans exceeded any interest in academics. Bowden keeps tension high while tracking the Americans' defiance of or acquiescence to their tormentors. Some Americans defended their dignity throughout the ordeal, which included mock executions, while others curried favor with their captors. Certainly few readers will remain neutral about the individual dramas. Bowden also details the failed rescue attempt, which resulted in further national exasperation. Bowden's work may gain additional attention from the current crisis over Iran's suspected atom bomb project."
- Booklist (US)

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Large format (trade) paperback 2006.

680 pages.

Good condition.

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