Taken Hostage: The Iran Hostage Crisis and America's First Encounter with Radical Islam (Politics and Society in Modern America)

Taken Hostage: The Iran Hostage Crisis and America's First Encounter with Radical Islam (Politics and Society in Modern America)


On November four, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took sixty-six americans captive. therefore begun the Iran Hostage hindrance, an affair that captivated the yankee public for 444 days and marked America's first disagreement with the forces of radical Islam. utilizing 1000s of lately declassified govt files, historian David Farber takes the 1st in-depth examine the hostage difficulty, interpreting its classes for America's modern struggle on Terrorism.

not like different histories of the topic, Farber's brilliant and fast moving narrative seems to be past the daily situations of the difficulty, utilizing the occasions best as much as the ordeal as a way for realizing it. The publication paints a portrait of the Nineteen Seventies within the usa as an period of failed expectancies in a kingdom affected by uncertainty and nervousness. It finds an American govt ailing ready for the autumn of the Shah of Iran and not able to reckon with the Ayatollah Khomeini and his militant Islamic followers.

Farber's account is full of clean insights concerning the vital gamers within the quandary: Khomeini emerges as an astute strategist, single-mindedly devoted to growing an Islamic country. The american citizens' student-captors seem as less-than-organized youths, having ready for just a symbolic sit-in with only a three-day provide of nutrients. ABC information leader Roone Arledge, newly put in and longing for scores, is brought up as a severe catalyst in raising the hostages to reason célèbre status.

during the ebook there emerge eerie parallels to the present terrorism trouble. Then as now, Farber demonstrates, politicians did not grab the intensity of anger that Islamic fundamentalists harbored towards the USA, and american citizens brushed aside threats from terrorist teams because the crusades of ineffectual madmen.

Taken Hostage is a well timed and revealing heritage of America's first engagement with terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism, one who presents a chilling reminder that the earlier is just prologue.

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