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Guests of the Ayatollah

The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam

By Mark Bowden

Guests of the Ayatollah
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  • Hardcover: Apr 2006,
    704 pages.
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Mark Bowden worked as a reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years before becoming a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He published his first book, Doctor Dealer, in 1987, but it was not until 1999 and the publication of Black Hawk Down (a National Book Award Finalist) that he achieved significant fame as a writer. Guests of the Ayatollah has become something of a family affair - while he was busy writing the book, his cousins David and Arcadia Keane made a four-hour companion documentary, with a script written by Bowden's son Aaron, that was first aired in mid-2006.

For his next book he plans to write a novel about the Paxton Boys, a group of 18th century Pennsylvania vigilantes.


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