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The Ayatollah in the Cathedral

Kennedy, Moorhead

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ISBN 10: 0809027658 / ISBN 13: 9780809027651
Published by Hill and Wang, [A Myrin Book], New York, 1986
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22 cm. ix, [3], 241, [3] pages. Inscribed by the author to syndicated radio talk show host Diane Rehm on fep. With an Afterword by Louisa Kennedy. In 1979, Moorhead C. Kennedy Jr., who was born and raised in New York City, was the acting head of the United States Embassy's economic section in Iran when took hostages, 52 of whom they held for 14 months. Mr. Kennedy became one of the best- known of the captives. His wife, Louisa Kennedy, was a spokeswoman for their families. After the hostages were released in 1981, he left his 20-year State Department career to direct the Cathedral Peace Institute, a group dealing with religion and foreign policy. His 1986 book, ''The Ayatollah in the Cathedral,'' contended that many nuclear freeze proponents were as intolerant of dissent as any Iranian ideologue. His later ventures included the Moorhead Kennedy Institute, which offered training in subjects like cultural diversity. The author describes his experiences as an American held hostage in Iran. The Iran hostage crisis was a diplomatic standoff between Iran and the United States. Fifty two American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days from November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981 after a group of Iranian students belonging to the Muslim Student Followers of the Imam's Line, who supported the Iranian Revolution, took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. It stands as the longest hostage crisis in recorded history. President Jimmy Carter called the hostages "victims of terrorism and anarchy" and said, "The United States will not yield to blackmail." In Iran, it was widely seen as a blow against the United States and its influence in Iran, including its perceived attempts to undermine the Iranian Revolution and its longstanding support of the recently overthrown Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The crisis is considered a pivotal episode in the history of Iran-United States relations. First Edition [stated]. Presumed first printing. Bookseller Inventory # 74649

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Title: The Ayatollah in the Cathedral

Publisher: Hill and Wang, [A Myrin Book], New York

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: very good

Dust Jacket Condition: very good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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One of the hostages taken in Iran recounts the 444-day ordeal, the factors behind the crisis, and the rigid self-righteousness, reminiscent of the Ayatollah, he encountered as director of a peace program in New York City after his release

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Kennedy has written much more than an "I was an Iranian hostage" book; Ayatollah is a careful, reasoned analysis of the U.S. Foreign Service, the philosophies that frame our foreign policies, and the forces that animate our career diplomats. He contends that our society and government's inability to understand the difference between "modernization" (doing things with technology) and "Westernization" (doing things the Western way) is the basis for many of our woes in South America and the Middle East. Furthermore, he asserts, the targeting of the United States as the prime subject for terrorism is a result of our refusal or inability to take the concerns and existence of the Middle East seriously. Ayatollah is insightful, thought-provoking, and an absolute requirement for any serious study of modern foreign policy and international relations. Highly recommended. David P. Snider, Casa Grande P.L. , Ariz.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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