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Our Man in Tehran by Robert Wright - TOC, Prologue, And Excerpt

Our Man in Tehran by Robert Wright - TOC, Prologue, And Excerpt

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The world watched with fear in November 1979, when Iranian students infiltrated and occupied the American embassy in Tehran. The Americans were caught entirely by surprise, and what began as a swift and seemingly short-lived takeover evolved into a crisis that would see fifty four embassy personnel held hostage, most for 444 days. As Tehran exploded in a fury of revolution, six American diplomats secretly escaped. For three months, Ken Taylor, the Canadian ambassador to Iran—along with his wife and embassy staffers—concealed the Americans in their homes, always with the prospect that the revolutionary government of Ayatollah Khomeini would exact deadly consequences. The United States found itself handcuffed by a fractured, fundamentalist government it could not understand and had completely underestimated. With limited intelligence resources available on the ground and anti-American sentiment growing, President Carter turned to Taylor to work with the CIA in developing their exfiltration plans. Until now, the true story behind Taylor’s involvement in the escape of the six diplomats and the Eagle Claw commando raid has remained classified.
In Our Man in Tehran, Robert Wright takes us back to a major historical flashpoint and unfolds a story of cloak-and-dagger intrigue that brings a new understanding of the strained relationship between the Unites States and Iran. With the world once again focused on these two countries, this book is the stuff of John le Carré and Daniel Silva made real.

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The world watched with fear in November 1979, when Iranian students infiltrated and occupied the American embassy in Tehran. The Americans were caught entirely by surprise, and what began as a swift and seemingly short-lived takeover evolved into a crisis that would see fifty four embassy personnel held hostage, most for 444 days. As Tehran exploded in a fury of revolution, six American diplomats secretly escaped. For three months, Ken Taylor, the Canadian ambassador to Iran—along with his wife and embassy staffers—concealed the Americans in their homes, always with the prospect that the revolutionary government of Ayatollah Khomeini would exact deadly consequences. The United States found itself handcuffed by a fractured, fundamentalist government it could not understand and had completely underestimated. With limited intelligence resources available on the ground and anti-American sentiment growing, President Carter turned to Taylor to work with the CIA in developing their exfiltration plans. Until now, the true story behind Taylor’s involvement in the escape of the six diplomats and the Eagle Claw commando raid has remained classified.
In Our Man in Tehran, Robert Wright takes us back to a major historical flashpoint and unfolds a story of cloak-and-dagger intrigue that brings a new understanding of the strained relationship between the Unites States and Iran. With the world once again focused on these two countries, this book is the stuff of John le Carré and Daniel Silva made real.

Buy this book: http://www.otherpress.com/books/book?ean=9781590514139#Purchase

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Other Press edition 2011Copyright © 2010 by Robert WrightFirst published in Canada in 2010 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.Production Editor: Yvonne E. CárdenasDesign revisions for this edition by Simon M. SullivanGrateful acknowledgment is given to the following for permission toreproduce photographs:Ken Taylor, pp.
17
(
Ken Taylor and the shah of Iran
),
186
(
Ken and Pat Taylor 
),
291
 (
Ken and Pat Taylor 
); Canadian Press (CP), jacket (
Ayatollah Khomeini 
), pp.
58
 (
Shah and empress of Iran
),
107
(
Iranians and hostage 
),
209
(
helicopters 
); CP/Peter Bregg, jacket (
Taylor 
), pp.
3
(
Taylor 
),
39
(
Iranians protesting 
),
71
(
Khomeini 
),
90
(
students protesting 
),
125
(
Iranian women
),
153
(
women in front of TehranUniversity 
),
173
(
Iranian students 
),
273
(
Canadian embassy in Iran
),
310
(
SadeghGhotbzadeh
); CP/Chuck Mitchell, p.
140
(
 Joe Clark 
); CP/Barry Thumma, p.
325
 (
Taylor, at podium, with Ronald Reagan
); Babak, www.babak.ca, p.
341
(
Taylor 
);iStockphoto, pp.
222
(
censored document 
),
243
(
handshake 
),
258
(
 passport 
).10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, orby any information storage and retrieval system, without written permission from OtherPress LLC, except in the case of brief quotations in reviews for inclusion in a magazine,newspaper, or broadcast. Printed in the United States of America on acid-free paper. Forinformation write to Other Press LLC, 2 Park Avenue, 24th oor, New York, NY 10016.Or visit our Web site: www.otherpress.com.
library of congress cataloging-in-publication data
Wright, Robert A. (Robert Anthony), 1960-Our man in Tehran : the true story behind the secret mission to save six Americansduring the Iran Hostage Crisis and the foreign ambassador who worked with the CIAto bring them home / by Robert Wright.—Other Press ed.p. cm.“First published in Canada in 2010 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd”—T.p. verso.Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN 978-1-59051-413-9 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-59051-414-6 (e-book) 1. IranHostage Crisis, 1979-1981. 2. Taylor, Kenneth, 1934- 3. Diplomats—UnitedStates. 4. Escapes—Iran. 5. Diplomatic and consular service, Canadian—Iran.6. Diplomatic and consular service, American—Iran. 7. United States—Foreignrelations—Iran. 8. Iran—Foreign relations—United States. 9. Ambassadors—Canada—Biography. I. Title.E183.8.I55W75 2011955.05'4—dc22 2010020376
 
An ambassador is a man of virtue sent abroad to lie for his country.—Henry Wotton, Sr. (1568–1639)

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