Our Man in Tehran

Our Man in Tehran

Ken Taylor, the CIA and the Iran Hostage Crisis

Book - 2010
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The world watched with fear in November 1979, when Iranian students infiltrated and occupied the American embassy in Tehran. As the city exploded in a fury of revolution, few knew about the six American embassy staff who escaped into hiding. For three months, Ken Taylor, the Canadian ambassador to Iran--along with his wife and embassy staffers--concealed the Americans in their homes, terrified that Ayatollah Khomeini would find out and exact deadly consequences.
      January 28, 2010, marks the 30th anniversary of an event that stunned the world, when Ken Taylor masterminded the exfiltration of the six diplomats from Tehran. Americans were held in thrall as Ted Koppel updated the nation on the fate of its hostages and the Canadians orchestrated an intrepid escape. Americans celebrated in the streets across the nation, raising banners that read "Thank you, Canada!"
      In Our Man in Tehran, Robert Wright, author of the award-winning national bestseller Three Nights in Havana, tells the story behind a major historical flashpoint, a story of cloak-and-dagger intrigue, the stuff of John le Carré and Frederick Forsyth made real.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, c2010
ISBN: 9781554682997
Branch Call Number: 955.0542 WRI 2010
Characteristics: xxvi, 404 p. : ill


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debwalker Jan 26, 2011

In November 1978, Iran dumbfounded the international diplomatic community when students overran the American Embassy and took nearly the whole staff hostage with the support of their spiritual leader, Ayatollah Khomeini. Six Americans were able to avoid being captured and found refuge in the Canadian Embassy. They were saved and finally smuggled out of Iran thanks to the brave actions of Ken Taylor, the Canadian ambassador. The story of Taylor's actions remains very relevant to the current situation in Iran, and this book reads like a high-level nonfiction thriller."--Jean-Paul Andriaasen, Water Street Books, Exeter, N.H.

Warwick Apr 25, 2010

Well presented and factual. The right man at the right place at the right time.

Apr 24, 2010

Solid bit of journalism, but was a small part of a much larger story (the 53 US hostages and their eventual release), Ken Taylor did a great service to Canada's reputation

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