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

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

by Mark Bowden
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Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam by Mark Bowden


From the best-selling author of Black Hawk Down comes a riveting, definitive 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 fifty-two Americans hostage, and kept nearly all of them hostage for 444 days. In Guests of the Ayatollah, Mark Bowden tells this sweeping story through the eyes of the hostages, the soldiers in a new special forces unit sent to free them, their radical, naïve 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. Bowden dedicated five years to this research, including numerous trips to Iran and countless interviews with those involved on both sides. Guests of the Ayatollah is a detailed, brilliantly re-created, and suspenseful account of a crisis that gripped and ultimately changed the world.

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ISBN-13: 9780802143037
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
Publication date: 03/28/2007
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 288,919
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

MARK BOWDEN is the author of seven books, including The Best Game Ever, Bringing the Heat, Killing Pablo, and Guests of the Ayatollah. He reported at The Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years and now writes for Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and other magazines. He lives in Oxford, Pennsylvania.

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Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a child when these events transpired, so I'm glad he has introducted it to a new generation. If not for questionable mechanical problems, Delta Force might have been able to pull of a bold raid. At least those who gave their lives are remembered. And it sheds light on the current president of Iran. Perhaps in a couple of years Bowden will have another book to write concerning a U.S.-Iran conflict.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The hostage crisis represented the first true frenzy of the 24-hour news cycle but you will be surprised by what you do not know about this event. Read this book to learn more. Very informative to the US's struggle in Iraq taking place now. All of this with Bowden's usual excellent prose.
NeverReadsEnough More than 1 year ago
Excellent look into the Iran Hostage Crisis. Conducted through interviews of the hostages, in person, or from interviews they did after they were released. It also gives you the perspective of the hostage takers themselves. What and why it started, and the reason on why it played out the way it did. The book is very well research and extremely interesting. I picked this book up out of curiosity. I was no disappointed. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in this subject or someone who likes to read about historical events.
PainFrame More than 1 year ago
I don’t trust the machine and I don’t trust my map. I ain’t seen the ground in three hours. Wow, this guy is an impressive writer. This is the third Bowden book I have read, following the excellent Killing Pablo and the astoundingly well done Black Hawk Down. It would take me a lifetime of investigation to learn a topic as thoroughly as Bowden can do it in order to write about it so expertly. I know he has assistants and everything, but it is still impressive as hell, he even tells the tale from both sides of the conflict! For those who saw the movie Argo, this is indeed the same hostage crisis but follows the main group of hostages who were stuck in the embassy for 444 days. This seems like an important story to understand, as it has far reaching implications, not only to the America at the time, but even to U.S. foreign policy today. Mark Bowden really thrives on this type of researched story, I can’t imagine a better book ever being written on this subject.
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Uggo More than 1 year ago
The book does a great job of telling the story as it happened and telling both sides of the story. The author does a wonderful job of keeping his opinion to himself (until the index, in which he lets loose with both barrels), and tells a wonderfully complete version of the events as they happened. I was shocked when I felt s human connection to some of the Iranian students and an overwhelming sense of relief when the hostages were loaded onto plains and celebrated once their plane was in the air.
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