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 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 a group of radical Is

  • Title: Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America's War With Militant Islam
  • Author: Mark Bowden
  • ISBN: 9780871139252
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 aFrom 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, na ve 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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    1. Mark Bowden

      Mark Robert Bowden born July 17, 1951 is an American writer who is currently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair Born in St Louis, Missouri, and a 1973 graduate of Loyola College in Maryland, Bowden was a staff writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer from 1979 2003, and has won numerous awards He has written for Men s Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, Sports Illustrated, and Rolling Stone over the years, and as a result of his book, Black Hawk Down A Story of Modern War, Bowden s received international recognition The book has been made into a 2001 movie, and was directed by Ridley Scott He currently lives in Oxford, Pennsylvania.

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    1. While I preferred David Harris's handling of the political maneuverings in his book The Crisis, Bowden does a much better job here of blending previously published captivity narratives and his interviews to give a sense of what the hostages' experiences were like. While it's successful in being highly readable and in conveying a lot of information, I did have some problems with the tone of the book.Bowden heavily criticizes the pro-hostage-taker rhetoric of some American lefties at the time, in [...]


    2. I'd been meaning to read this for quite some time, and I'm glad I finally did. The specifics of the Iran hostage crisis were always obscure to me, and I've read only fragmentary accounts by various participants, mainly by members of the Delta Force element. The added perspective of the hostages and their centrality to the story is what makes this book such a gem.The Iran hostage crisis is little remembered today, but when it is, it is unfortunately presented in a way that that reeks of partisan [...]


    3. Even prior to Argo's popularity, I always found myself incredibly interested in the Iranian Revolution. This is for two primary reasons: 1. it was a revolution in which the outcome wasn't preordained or even mass imagined. Indeed, it was described by both its actors and American observers as "unthinkable." The revolutionaries themselves were not a monolithic group; it was a surprising assembly leftest students, religious madrassa students, secular intellectuals, and fundamentalist islamists inte [...]


    4. Great book about the Iranian Hostage crisis. Being born in the late 1970s, I do not remember this on TV (obviously). But some of the action was riveting times it felt like a novel. I really liked the parts where Bowden takes the reader inside the Carter Administration. For those of you who criticize his handling of the situation, how would YOU have handled it?? It was an impossible situation. Also, similar to "The Looming Tower", by Lawrence Wright, the book helps us answer the question, "Why do [...]


    5. Lengthy account of the Iran Hostage Crisis, which lasted 444 days, or what felt like the amount of time taken to read this book.It's a very detailed account of the crisis and that's the only problem i had with the book, too much information, a bit leaner and it would be a much more gripping read.If you're looking to know everything about the Iran Hostage Crisis then this is definitely the book to read but you may feel like a hostage too.


    6. I was a Senior at Spring Hill College and working for the CBS affiliate in Mobile, Alabama when this occurred. I was undergoing a transformation in my politics also at this time. Having met and listened to Ronald Reagan for over 3 hours in September of 1976, I fell in love with both the man and his ideas; I became a Reagan Democrat turned Republican, and never turned toward the left again. I voted for the former President in the 1976 Republican primary rather than Gerald Ford. I proudly cast my [...]


    7. This is a fascinating, gripping non-fiction account of the Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979-1981. I bought this book after seeing "Argo." This book is definitely not an account of the true "Argo" story; in fact, the six workers who were the subject of that film are mentioned only very briefly in this book (as in, maybe ten sentences). This book gives a brief background of the events leading up to the overthrow of the shah and the Iranian Revolution in the late 70s. Prior to reading this book, I only [...]


    8. I love history. I love politics. I love current events. There were two seminal events that influenced that love. The Iranian hostage crisis was one of those two events. During those 444 days I was glued to the TV watching every unfolding moment that related to the attempts to resolve the crisis and the upcoming 1980 election. Lately, I've been reminded that I view those incidents through the lens of a pre-teen and wanted to delve into a study to understand the context more. On November 4, 1979, [...]


    9. In 1979 when the hostage crisis began I had just turned 12. I recall how this story dominated the nightly news headlines. My father worked for the US Department of State so our family probably followed this story a little more closely than most.(In fact our family has a very tangential connection to the story. My father was a Regional Security Officer. This means that he was in charge of security for all the agencies doing business under the auspices of the embassy. In late 1979 when the shah of [...]


    10. Bowden focuses on events surrounding the Iranian hostage crisis, the 444-day period, during which student proxies of the new Iranian regime held hostage 66 diplomats and citizens of the United States inside the U.S. embassy in Tehran. Historians consider the crisis to have been an important reason for United States President Jimmy Carter's loss in his re-election bid for the presidency in 1980. The book is not as good as Biden's own Black Hawk Down, but it's also a revelation on several levels. [...]


    11. Being in high school when this came down, flailling my typeing klass, I've been curious for years. Iran has been paying the price for this errant deed, both internally and externally, for thirty years now. The religious powerbrokers were able to solidify their hold on the populace by eleminating political enemies and keeping citizens in a fever of revolt and hate.Many times there was a deal on the table only to have the conditions change once the US agreed. I believe Carter did the best he could [...]


    12. A very good book. I think a lot of people like to attack Carter and, reading this, the frustration of the administration and the American people is palpable. But, ultimately, all the hostages got out alive. I picked up the book remembering something about suggestions that the RNC was complicit in keeping the hostages there till after the election. I think this book somewhat talked me out of that suspicion but, it is important to remember, that terrorists don't do things rationally and keeping th [...]


    13. An excellent read by the author of "Blackhawk Down." I learned four important things:1. the "Desert One" rescue mission had been aborted by its commander, Col. Charlie Beckwith, BEFORE the one helicopter crashed into a C-130, causing the death of 8 servicemen. It wasn't the case that this crash caused the mission to abort.2. Saddam Hussein's attack on Iran occurred in Sept. 1980 and was a direct result of Iran's weakened and isolated position nearly a year after the crisis began. And this assaul [...]


    14. I have no personal recollection of the Iran Hostage Crisis, having only been a year old at the time, and until reading this book I had no idea what a game changer it was. For over a year, 52 American civilians were kidnapped and imprisoned in their embassy by a small group of young, armed, hothead "students" (including Mahmoud Ahmadinejad). No one had a clue what to do next - the captors, the Iranian government, the American public, or, unfortunately, the Carter administration. Everyone involved [...]


    15. A very objective and effective weaving of many different perspectives during the Iranian hostage crisis which has since been staining everyday life in Iran by causing the rise of an absurd religious autocracy. It's hard to venerate this particular theocracy as being "better than the Shah's regime". The overthrown Shah may have been a tyrannical nutjob who purged/executed those who would utter a single syllable of dissidence against him, but at least the rule he imposed was secular.Bowden, howeve [...]


    16. This is a great book. Mark Bowden already blew my mind a few years ago with Black Hawk Down so I was pretty sure I was going to enjoy this; then I listened to a Leonard Lopate interview with him about this book and that cemented it, I raced right to the bookstore on the way home and read it as often as I could given work/etc. commitments. Put it this way: It's a 600-some-page hardcover bigger than some dictionaries yet I carried it on the El to and from work because I just couldn't put it down. [...]


    17. Thanks Bridget for recommending this one. I've never stayed up till 4am for a non-fiction book before. Since I have no recollection of the Iran Hostage Crisis, and had little knowledge of what happened or what it was about, I was enthralled with the attempt to sneak in and capture the hostages--the attempt that was a huge debacle. I was hoping it would work out I think the fact that I didn't know anything about the situation made the book's impact even greater. I don't have a vague notion that C [...]


    18. This book was amazing. I cannot believe that I read over 700 pages of exhaustively researched material on a single event (the Iranian hostage crisis in the late 1970's) and stayed riveted the entire time. I was worried after reading Black Hawk Down by the same author that I would have the same trouble of keeping people/events straight, but I didn't at all - Bowden kept the characters alive, distinct, and memorable. The book covers as many angles as possible - it tries to tell what it was like fo [...]


    19. This is a well-written book on the 1979 hostages. We hear their story and also the Iranian side, at least in a larger sense. We get to know a few of the guards. It is interesting that a number of the students who stormed the embassy are now in high positions in power, and some have torn away from the regime and push for democratic reform. A must read!


    20. I'm a big fan of Mark Bowden and this is my favorite book he's written (I've read all of them). I was in my early teens at the time of the Iran hostage crisis and have memories of the nightly news reports but never truly knew the story until after I read this book. It's a great read even if the events didn't happen during your lifetime.


    21. Bowden's another one of those authors I'll pick up regardless of what the book's about. He tells a compelling, if mostly one-sided tale here, but it feels like that's more from access problems than bias. Killing Pablo and Black Hawk Down are better books, but this one's worth looking at.


    22. breathtaking recount of the infamous hostage taking of US embassy which eliminated democratic hope for Iran and brought politics to a complete halt. Three decades after, US hardly involves himself with the trauma, but Iran's soul as a nation is haunted by the ghosts of this act of terror.



    23. I was six years old when Iranian students raided the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Sixty-six hostages were taken in all. The planned three day protest turned into a 444 day nightmare. I cast my very first vote (albeit unofficial) for President Jimmy Carter that following year. I vaguely remember he wasn't the popular choice, but even then I had a tendency to want to fight for the underdog. I was completely oblivious to the events that surrounded his final year in office and what would be the last stra [...]


    24. Guests of the Ayatollah is about the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis in which Iranian university students took over the US Embassy in Tehran and held 66 Americans hostage for over a year.The embassy takeover and subsequent hostage crisis was, in many ways, a continuation of the Iranian Revolution that had taken place the year before and dethroned Iran’s decades-long dictator, Shah Pahlavi. There were many motives for the embassy takeover, but the most visible motive was the desire to safeguard the re [...]


    25. Good introduction to modern Iranian politics and the role of information warfare. This book quickly illustrates the fickle nature of a society ruled by a clerical autocracy. It’s like having a Philosophy Professor as a Construction Manager over Major Urban development projects, ineptitude masked by a shroud of honorific titles creating cult like allegiance and following, but with lots of weapons. As the current unrest in Iran demonstrates many of the average Iranian citizens see through the fa [...]


    26. Pretty comprehensive, but I'm trying to figure out what I learned from it. The book tends to dismiss the idea that the hostage release was delayed at the request of the Reagan administration. Rather, the Iranians had a symbolic hatred for Carter (ironically), because he supported the Shah pre-revolution and allowed him to come to the U.S. for medical treatment. Other than that, the hostage takers were disorganized and did not have clear objectives. The hostage takers continually expected non-eli [...]


    27. This book was so personal to me as I was a student in Paris during the revolution while Khomeini was in exile in Paris. I am really impressed with the research and level of intimate detail that for me, filled in a lot of blanks about things I didn't or couldn't then understand. It was the first time I was eligible to vote in a US presidential election, and that was significant too for me. I was sometimes profiled in Paris as a student for "looking Iranian" (I am not) and tried to learn why the I [...]


    28. Interesting book - I remember when these events took place, and I have heard Kathryn Koob speak about her experience, as we went to the same college - I was in college when she was going through this ordeal. I had no idea when this was happening how much the Iranian's hated the West and specifically United States. I found all the details distracting, but informative it was a complicated situation and continues to be complicated I would recommend the book but it is a long book! 637 pages!!


    29. This is a great book about what happend in Iran during that time the author speaks of. It's historical. But, it's too long and too much detail for me. There's nothing wrong with too much detail. But I was expecting a book less historical. I wanted to read a book about Iran's history, it's role with the US, it's secularism or lack of securalism, Islam and power, Islam and the US. This isn't the book to awswer those questions. This is a book about a historical event in great detail. Something I'm [...]


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