"If you only want to read one book on the Middle East, this is it. Despite all the press devoted to this area, the media does not offer context. This book does. It's an incredibly fast read and will open your eyes."
"I had never heard of the British/U.S. coup in Iran before reading this book. After reading this book you have a greater appreciation of the short & long term risks of Western foreign policy decisions. This book is excellent, it reads better than most thrillers."
"There are so many parts of this book at seem unbelievable, yet are true. The mistakes, arrogance, poor planning and so much more are well detailed by an excellent writer. It's like reading a Greek Tragedy."
"Ross Perot, best known for his presidential run in 1992 is a central character in this incredible true story. Although Ken Follett is popular fiction suspense writer, he also proves to be a strong non-fiction writer as well."
"This book is big, but it's worth it. By covering such a wide range of time, people and countries the author is able to tie together so much information to give you a full picture of how past actions led to today's current situation."
"Although Charlie Wilson helped bring down the Soviet Union, after reading this book you will question not only how one congressman could have so much power, but also how people can fail to consider the longer term implications of their decisions. The book offers far more insight and context than the movie which was very lacking in that area."
"This is a long book, yet Mark Bowden manages to keep the pace going and provide an insider's view into the Iran Hostage Crisis. He manages to convey both the day to day story and the larger picture very effectively."
"I read this book seeking to learn more about Turkey and accomplished my goal. The book convey's insights from the author's experience as well as his analysis of the country. He revealed a side of Turkey which was not always positive."