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Interesting, but needed some editing
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 20, 2021
I bought and received this book from Amazon in a timely fashion.
This book is a very interesting one on a notable event in US history that is slowly being forgotten. The 50+ hostages held captive by the Iranians left the US mesmerized but dismayed in early 1980s. President Carter and his staff had very little idea about how to rescue the hostages or end it the matter (embassy takeover was an act of war). Unfortunately for Carter, it contributed to him departing the White House after 4 years. It gave a very early glimpse into the dangers of militant/radical Is--m; unfortunately the USA did not appreciate it for that very matter at the time (in part due to the Cold War occupying everyone's attention at the time).
Bowden has good writing skills, but I believed he focused too much attention on the interactions of the Hostages with the Iranian captors (it could be a guide book though on how NOT to conduct yourself when in captivity). Bowden's book would had been more interesting and informative if it focused more attention on the political wranglings/problems and the failed rescue attempt at Desert One. Of course it is easy to second guess anyone, but President Carter made many mistakes at that time. Similarly, Beckwith (the leader of the spec ops at Desert One) comes across as a mercurial alcoholic in the book (perhaps jusified?)....