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
For his next book he plans to write a novel about the Paxton Boys, a group of 18th century Pennsylvania vigilantes.
Key events in the Iran hostage crisis:
- Sept 1979: The exiled Shah of Iran is admitted to the USA for medial ...