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Our Man in Tehran: The True Story Behind the Secret Mission to Save Six Americans during the Iran Hostage Crisis & the Foreign Ambassador Who Worked w/the CIA to Bring Them Home Hardcover – January 11, 2011

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Starred Review. Much of Iran's relationship with the West--and their mutual antipathy--stems from the muddled events of a single day: November 4, 1979, when Iranian militants overran the U.S. embassy in Tehran, launching a 444-day-long hostage drama. What's often forgotten is that six Americans evaded their would-be captors and were protected and eventually extracted from Iran by Canadian diplomats. In this fascinating account of spycraft and compassion, Wright (Three Nights in Havana) puts newly unclassified documents to excellent use in recounting how Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor hid the Americans who had slipped out a side door and gathered intelligence for the U.S. government. Wright sketches the historic grievances that lay at the heart of the embassy takeover and dispels lingering myths--among them, that the occupiers were "idealistic student amateurs"--crafting an absorbing story of genuine heroism and suspense. (Jan.)
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To the inside story of the 1979 Iranian seizure of the U.S. embassy and personnel, which includes memoirs by policymakers, military and intelligence officials, and captives, add this account about the Canadian ambassador in Tehran, Kenneth Taylor. It’s generally known that he facilitated the escape from Iran of several American diplomats but not in the detail imparted by Wright. From interviews with Taylor and other Canadians and from extant material about the crisis, Wright crafts an informative narrative of Taylor’s formal protests of the egregious violation of international diplomacy that the embassy invasion represented and his surreptitious succor to the Americans. The latter consisted of Canadians casing the embassy for a rescue mission, hiding a group of Americans who had eluded the embassy takeover, and providing forged Canadian passports for them. The fakes’ use in the escape was recounted in a colorful CIA memoir, Antonio Mendez’s The Master of Disguise (1999). Wright’s spotlight on the courageous Canadian role in hoodwinking the kidnappers will also interest readers of Mark Bowden’s Guests of the Ayatollah (2006). --Gilbert Taylor
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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Other Press; Reprint edition (January 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590514130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590514139
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By C. E. Stevens on April 10, 2010
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Very lucidly written history of Ken Taylor's brief time as Canadian Ambassador to Iran at the time of the revolution - a real page turner. Reveals for the first time that Ambassador Taylor did more than just shelter the six Americans who were outside of the US embassy when it was taken over. At Jimmy Carter's behest, through the Canadian government and at great personal risk, he and his colleagues provided crucial intelligence information to the CIA for the later attempt to rescue all of the hostages. In vivid detail, the book also reveals the many missteps of the Carter Administration, some inadverant, some naive. The descriptions of the chaos of that period in the Iranian revolution gives an interesting perspective to the current political unrest in Iran.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Eitic on June 29, 2011
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Robert Wright's book "Our Man in Tehran" is a well told story that most Americans will benefit from learning and knowing. Mr. Wright draws on historical sources and many personal memoirs to add detail and perspective to a fascinating story. The book goes far beyond telling the heroic service of the Canadian Embassy staff in Tehran and Ambassador Taylor in particular. The story also encompasses the diverse forces that contributed to the Shah's downfall and the revolution in Iran that destroyed the hopes and lives of so many people. The confused and often inept response from the Carter Administration is painful to read. The scope of the historical significance of the events and the implications on the region of the lame U.S. response was certainly lost on the key U.S. policy makers. In many ways the wars that first engulfed Iraq and Iran and then spread to Afghanistan and Kuwait with the resulting loss of U.S. lives and treasure can be traced back to the fateful events in Iran as recounted by Mr. Wright. It is a book that is enjoyable to read and puts today's headlines about Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and the Arab Spring in the proper perspective of the continuing consequences of the Iranian Revolution. As an American reader, who appreciates the importance of our friends to the north, the book validates the enduring friendship of Canada and the United States. It is indeed good for citizens of both countries to be regularly reminded of the benefits of that invaluable friendship.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SunnyLorraine on November 24, 2012
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Very entertaining read. Gave me the real story not revealed in the movie "Argo". A must read if you think you can base you knowledge of this event on the movie only!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JD on January 4, 2013
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Interesting to read this, then/and read Argo (the book, written by Tony Mendez, the actual agent) and see the movie (which is admittedly altered to make a better movie). I think I like this version best, though it's definitely interesting to read it from the agent's perspective as well. A lot of what's in here from Mendez' perspective comes directly from Mendez' book, but you get a more thorough account with all of the other perspectives. Reading Mendez' book, it fills in a lot of holes too, so I'd recommend reading both.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Young-Condon on April 19, 2013
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I loved reading about the incident that was brought to the silver screen as ARGO from the Canadian perspective. It gave a much fuller account of the times and mess that America had gotten into with Iran, without American bias. It is a very readable story that does not drag or get bogged down in minutia. The Canadian embassy staff and Ambassador well deserved their kudos and American appreciation.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chocolate on January 13, 2013
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It's an excellent read! Beautifully written, with wry humour, despite the seriousness of the topic. And good to get the straight story, instead of the hype and one-sided distortion of "Argo"!
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Very thorough, in depth documentation of the rescue of six American diplomates during the Iran hostage crisis. Makes the Taylor heroism even more stark, placing their own lives at risk both by sheltering the Americans and, unpubliciezed until now, by providing information via diplomatic challenges to help with the rescue attempt of all hostages. The diplomatic history of this turbulant time and Mr. Wright's insights make fascinating reading.
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Have t o say this Gen X`r never knew the abusive treatment of US hostages. Blew my mind on what went down in the compound. This book is a fab read. God bless President Carter, White House staff, US Diplomatic Core, Canadian External Affairs, Joe Clarke and Ken Taylor's Family and Embassy Team. My kids will read this book, reinforce the goodness and humility of the Americans and Canadians in this troubled political world.
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