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

Mark Bowden

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ISBN 10: 0871139251 / ISBN 13: 9780871139252
Published by Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, 2006
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover, 680 pages in fine condition with fine dustjacket. 1st edition, 1st printing. Signed by the author with personal inscription on the tittle page. This sweeping story is told through the eyes of the people who lived it, on both sides of the crisis. Inside the hostages' cells, detailing the Americans' terror, confusion, boredom, and ingenuity in the face of absurd interrogations, mock executions, and a seemingly endless imprisonment.; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 005308

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Title: Guests of the Ayatollah the First Battle in ...

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press, New York

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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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.

About the Author:

Mark Bowden is the bestselling author of Killing Pablo, Finders Keepers and Black Hawk Down, which was made into a successful film by Ridley Scott. He is a national correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly.

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