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This should be the last of book or video I’m reading or watching about the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-1980 for a while. I feel as if I’ve got a good handle on it. The reason this is the last book is because the writer is Mark Bowden. He is thorough, a good writer and has a pleasant voice. This book helped put the things I learned after reading and watching things from a few perspectives into the big picture. When the audio book ending I had the biggest shock of all—it was an abridgement. This was the best abridgement I have ever heard. The staff at Simon & Simon Audio did an outstanding job.
I am a big fan of a couple of Mark Bowden's other books which I've read - Black Hawk Down, and Killing Pablo - so, when I decided to "read" a bit about a political event which happened before I was born, I picked this book. Yeah, I'm a nerd. I love a gripping true life political story.
Guests of the Ayatollah started well, launching me into the different sides of the story with great hooks for each perspective. However, when I got to disc 4 or so, things really slowed down. It must have been before that, because I swear that I felt like I was slogging through most of discs 3 through 7. Oy.
Written like a thriller, yet scrupulously researched and documented, this book is packed with first hand accounts from U.S. hostages, Iranian hostage-takers and jailers, and our brave military personnel involved in the aborted rescue attempt. Bowden relates how the Iranian student revolutionaries efforts to replace an oppressive shah with a lawless coup has ironically led to the hyper-dictatorship of a murderous "mullah-ocracy" for the last 30 years. This audio book is a must for any American born after 1960 who may not recall, or those who may have been born after, the heart-sickening hostage crisis our nation experienced when Iran illegally invaded the US embassy in Tehran and imprisoned our diplomats and staff for 444 days. Iran comitted a crime against these individuals, our country and the international community...something to keep in mind as Iran strives to become a nuclear power.
" Mark Bowden is the author of BRINGING THE HEAT and DOCTOR DEALER, as well as a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He has also written for Men?s Journal, Sports Illustrated and Rolling Stone. The original series of articles which became BLACK HAWK DOWN earned him the Overseas Press Club's Hal Boyle Award. He lives in Philadelphia."