444 Days: The Hostages Remember

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444 DAYS
THE HOSTAGES REMEBER

All of the events in recent history, the Iran hostage crisis was the most publicized and yet the least known. Everyone remembers the images broadcast from Tehran night after night: raging mobs, angry faces, garish banners, At the time it seemed the entire nation had been taken over by that hatred. Yet few Americans were aware of what was happening inside the Embassy compound.

The fourteen and a half months of captivity the hostages lived through were not spent quietly in locked rooms. Most were forced to endure mock executions, and many were repeatedly threatened and abused. Their imprisonment was one of crisis, terror, uncertainty, and enormous personal challenge.

This narrative account of those grueling months is brilliantly woven together by Tim Wells, who interviewed thirty-six of the fifty-three hostages; he chose twenty-seven to speak in this book. From the trauma of the takeover to the heart-stopping moments before their release, the former hostages describe in vivid detail the days, weeks, and months of their captivity. Definitive and shocking, this oral history is the first complete account of what actually happened to the Americans held captive for 444 day.

Day-by-day of actual events from the captured.

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Based on interviews with many of the diplomats and others held hostage in the 1979 seizure of the U.S embassy in Tehran, this oral history conveys their ordeal with unusual immediacy. The chronological account, interspersed with useful background material on the crisis, conveys vividly what seemed to many of the hostages the dream-like quality of both the embassy takeover ("This can't be real," one recalls thinking) and the subsequent liberation. During detention there were unending days of fear, anxiety, intimidation, and tedium in diverse locations in the 27-acre U.S. compound. The mix of feelings about their captors ("Instead of disliking them, I felt sorry for them," writes one hostage), media coverage, and American diplomacy as depicted here is revealing. All were stunned by their jubilant welcome home: "Heroes? We're not heroes. We're survivors," argues one. November 4
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