From the book jacket: On November 4, 1979, a group of
radical Islamist students stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran. Inspired by the
revolutionary Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini, they hoped to stage a three-day
sit-in protest of the American decision to allow exiled Iranian leader Shah
Mohammed Reza to enter the United States for medical treatment. But these
modest, peaceful aims were supplanted by something much more severe and
dangerous. The students took sixty-six Americans hostage and kept the majority
of them for 444 days in a prolonged conflict that riveted the world.
The Iran hostage crisis was a watershed moment in American history. It was America's first showdown with Islamist fundamentalism, a confrontation that has remained at the forefront of American policy to this day. In Iran, following the ousting of the Shah, a provisional government was ...
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