On Wings of Eagles

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When two of his American employees were held hostage in Iran, H. Ross Perot and a select group of his employees took matters into their own hands. They faced incalculable odds on a mission only true heroes would have dared....

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When two of his American employees were held hostage in Iran, H. Ross Perot and a select group of his employees took matters into their own hands. They faced incalculable odds on a mission only true heroes would have dared....

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451163530
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1984
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 105,600
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Follett
Ken Follett is the author of numerous international bestsellers, including Jackdaws, Hornet Flight, Code to Zero, Triple, Eye of the Needle, Pillars of the Earth, and A Dangerous Fortune. He lives in England.

Biography

As a young boy growing up in Cardiff, Wales, Ken Follett's love for all things literary began early on. The son of devoutly religious parents who didn't allow their children to watch television or even listen to the radio, Follett found himself drawn to the library. It soon became his favorite place -- its shelves full of stories providing his escape, and ultimately, his inspiration.

Follett's more formal education took place years later at London's University College, where he studied philosophy -- a choice that, as he explains on his official Web site, he believes guided his career as an author. "There is a real connection between philosophy and fiction," Follet explains. "In philosophy you deal with questions like: ‘We're sitting at this table, but is the table real?' A daft question, but in studying philosophy, you need to take that sort of thing seriously and have an off-the-wall imagination. Writing fiction is the same."

After graduating in 1970, a journalism class touched off Follett's career as a writer. He started out covering beats for the South Wales Echo, and later wrote a column for London's Evening News. Becoming more and more interested in writing fiction on evenings and weekends, however, Follett soon realized that books were his true business, and in 1974 he went to work for Everest Books, a humble London publishing house.

After releasing a few of his own novels to less than thunderous acclaim --including The Shakeout (1975) and Paper Money (1977) -- Follett finally hit it big with 1978's Eye of the Needle. The taut, edgy thriller with more than a dash of sex appeal flew off the shelves, winning the Edgar award and allowing Follett to quit his job and get to work on his next book, Triple. Showing no signs of a sophomore slump, Triple went on to spark a string of bestselling spy thrillers, including The Key to Rebecca (1980), The Man from St. Petersburg (1982), and Lie Down with Lions (1986). 1983's On Wings of Eagles was an interesting departure -- a nonfiction account of how two of Ross Perot's employees were rescued from Iran in 1979.

Follett changed direction even more sharply in 1989, surprising fans with The Pillars of the Earth -- a novel set in the Middle Ages many critics considered his crowning achievement. "A novel of majesty and power," said The Chicago Sun-Times of Follett's epic story. "It will hold you, fascinate you, surround you."

Follett's next three books were a trio considered to be more suspenseful than thrill-filled -- Night Over Water (1991), A Dangerous Fortune (1993) and A Place Called Freedom (1995), but The Third Twin (1996) and The Hammer of Eden (1998) marked a return to Follett's trademark capers. The wartime novels Code to Zero (2000) and Jackdaws (2001) showcased Follett's "unique ability to tell stories of international conflict and tell them well," according to Larry King in USA Today.

Follett "hits the mark again" (Publishers Weekly) with his latest story of international intrigue, Hornet Flight (2002) -- the WWII story of a young couple trying to escape occupied Denmark in a rebuilt Hornet Moth biplane who become unwitting carriers of top-secret information.

In a way, Follett's smash-hit success has allowed him to give back to the library of Cardiff, Wales -- by filling its shelves with his own transporting tales.

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Eye of the Needle was made into a major motion picture, and four of Follett's books have been made into television mini-series: The Key to Rebecca, Lie Down with Lions, On Wings of Eagles and The Third Twin -- the rights for which were sold to CBS for the record sum of $1,400,000.

A very civic-minded soul, Follett is quite involved in his Hertfordshire community, serving as President of the Dyslexia Institute, Council Member of the National Literacy Trust, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Chair of Governors of the Roebuck Primary School & Nursery, Patron of Stevenage Home-Start, director of the Stevenage Leisure Ltd. and Vice-President of the Stevenage Borough Football club.

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    1. Hometown:
      Hertfordshire, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 5, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cardiff, Wales
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Philosophy, University College, London, 1970

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2002

    Who knew?

    You sometimes make judgements about people based on what someone has told you, or what you read about them in newspapers.<p> Reading this story proves that most people who redicule others really are a sad lot, because not only do they do the people injustice, but they show their own ignorance.<p> This story is a prime example of true character. <p>Someone once said that character is what you are when no one else is looking.<p> When Ross Perot ran for political office, there were those who insulted his speaking mannerisms, his appearance and many other aspects of his outward appearance.<p> This story is remarkable in that a man who is head of a company, values his employees to the point that he is willing to risk his own life to save them when they are taken captive and held hostage.<P> It also shows how little value of life our federal government has, unless they have some vested interest.<P> Perot was a true hero...a role model that any young man or woman should be proud to emulate.<p> It should be required reading for all high school students.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2011

    An Inspiring Story of Loyalty and Courage - Recommended!

    Ken Follett has constructed a marvelous book about two American business men being held hostage in a high-security prison in Tehran, Iran for a crime they did not commit. While based in Dallas, Texas, EDS (Electronic Data Systems) was the US company contracted to build a computer network for Iran¿s social security and healthcare systems. Following charges of corruption, loyal employees of Ross Perot ¿ Paul Chiapparone and Bill Gaylord ¿ were wrongfully imprisoned by Iranian officials. The United States Embassy, due to a broken bureaucracy, proved little help in assisting EDS in liberating their employees. Ross Perot felt personally responsible for his men, and stopped at nothing ensure their safety. Lead by retired Green Beret Arthur ¿Bull¿ Simmons, a team of volunteer operatives from Perot¿s corporation was tasked with infiltrating Tehran and bringing his men home. Repeated efforts, frustrations, and setbacks defined the very struggles that came to make these men stronger and illustrate the devotion and loyalty they shared. Throughout this surreal battle, themes of perseverance, loyalty, and undying dedication were so eloquently told by Ken Follett. Discovering the true individuals upon whom all can rely on uncovered the meaning and real-life connections behind this book. While Ross Perot may have been painted as a false figure of a man with a complex of inferiority by the media, this book gives the true account of how far he was willing to go in risking his life and assets for the people he cared about. This lesson encourages all to look beneath a façade of false pretenses to see the true covenant of Ross Perot, something invaluable in our lives even today. From a personal perspective, this was one of the most riveting non-fiction books ever read. Not simply for the fact that the story was intricate and thrilling, but that this is a historical account ¿ not a figment of imagination ¿ that fosters excitement in a page turning book that cannot be ignored. Much like the allegorical analyses of Animal Farm or Huckleberry Finn, it is a timeless lesson of profound thematic substance that can and should be read today not only for the thrill but for the amazing message and example of loyalty and perseverance. In a negative/constructive respect, the only element of the book that did not appeal was the nature of the description of the leadership in Tehran. While absolutely essential to the story, it proved repetitive at times. Overall, this is book is highly recommended and a full five stars, out of five. For further reading, Ken Follett provides meticulous thrills and appeal to an ingenious genre in The Man from St. Petersburg and A Place Called Freedom.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2001

    A Giant Of A Man

    I am from Dallas and always thought Ross Perot had a little man's complex. After reading 'Wings Of Eagles' I realized Mr.Perot is one hell of a man and has gained my total respect. Mr. Perot is the kind of man we Texans respect for keeping his word.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2010

    A must read for every American History class.

    I read this book many years ago. Bull Simmons founder of the Delta Force trained Ross Perot's American based executives to fight like he trained the soldiers of the Delta Force and took them to Iran on a dangerous mission to get Ross Perot's Iranian employees who were being held hostages out of that country. It was a civilian mission and Bull's last mission as he was dying of cancer at the time. This is truly an amazing story of what the American spirit can and did accomplish in this case. Americans need this book of courage and inspiration and good old fashion getting the job done. Innovation is an American trait.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    On Wings of Eagles - another fantastic story by Follett

    From the very first page to the very last - it's a typical suspense drama.
    Follett's writing talent and attention to details is in every book. Wow!
    And having known the Perot Family - the portral of Ross is right on spot.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2000

    what a story!!!!

    Ken Follet did a great job of writing this sensational story of a man that 'cuts thru the red tape and gets the job done !'. I read this in the 80's and developed such great respect for Ross Perot. a good presidential candidate? NO, but a great man ! This story is amazing !!!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    Recommemnded

    This book is a true story about a rescue. Those who like suspense and adventure will probably find this book interesting.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Aphrodite

    Walked in and sat down on the window sill hugging her knees looking out the window towards the track around the football field

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Lil

    Hey aph...:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Skylar

    Skylar walks into the library, a smile spreading across her face. She loved being around books. She went down the fiction iasle picking out a book. She checked it out and walked out, going bak to the courtyard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Love the book

    But every time the word corner is used, they spell it " comer ".
    Very good book tho Love Ross Perot

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Very well written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Meows

    Riverrace watches from the pool. "What a bunch of fools." Stonerose snorts. "Yeah. They cant fight us." She waves her paw and water floats out of the pool, controlled by her paw. Iceberry takes a rabbit from their fresh kill pile and tucks into it. "Our base is too well hidden." Sunpool and Featherstripe watch the conversation by the entrance, while Hailmist sleeps by the dens. Have you found us yet Aero? ~Cats

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Eagleheart

    Brings the queens and any older kits half an eagle. He brings the other half to the elders.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Kitefeather

    Herds Fallenkit Swiftkit Darkkit ad Grassykit into a nest

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Gingerstar

    Help im locked out of the firsit result.

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