America Held Hostage: The Iran Hostage Crisis and the Iran-Contra Affair

America Held Hostage: The Iran Hostage Crisis and the Iran-Contra Affair

by Don Lawson

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Gr 7-12-- Lawson outlines the foreign policy decisions and historical events in Iran, Nicaragua, and in the U. S. in recent years and does a fine job of untangling the contradictory actions, covert dealings, and legal proceedings that occurred through August, 1990. The plotting and deception reads at times like a spy novel, but the episodes are unfortunately all too true. Background information on the key players such as Robert McFarlane and Oliver North is given, and while he acknowledges that some people found North to be a hero, Lawson clearly disapproves of the unethical and at times illegal course of events. Although he speculates on the future of the hostage situation, the author does not attempt a full analysis of past deals nor does he predict the constitutional or foreign policy implications; indeed, the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait throws a new factor into Middle Eastern politics. It is unfortunate that no maps are included; readers would benefit by placing the countries and factions involved in a geographical context. A chronology of events beginning with the Shah's 1979 exit from Iran, black-and-white photographs of principal participants, and a list of hostages held in Lebanon are included. --Susan Schuller, Milwaukee Public Library

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Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
Twentieth Century American History Ser.
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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