If you enjoy the sarcastic humor that the Doonesbury series is known for, this book is important to read. Not only do you get some humor about a truly horrible situation that occurred in Tehran, but you get it from the point of view of the wildest cast of characters gathered in comic-dom at the time. Yes, Doonesbury is not for the escapist comic reader, but for the reader who doesn't mind learning something as they go.
Personally, I love the thought of gold coins being mistaken for a 'Fruit of the Month' club shipment. But I'm odd that way.
This collection of 1979-1980 "Doonesbury" cartoons is one of the most thematic collections of reprinted daily strips because most of these comics focus on two main topics. The first is how Duke came to be representing the interests of Universal Petroleum in Tehran during the Iranian hostage crisis and the exaggerated reports of his death. The second is the arrival of Joan Jr. on the doorstep of Joanie Caucus. Joan Jr. actually helps tie these two major threads together because her roomie at Georgetown turns out to be Honey, who is upset by the fact that her boyfriend has been condemned to death. Of course, once we get to Georgetown we have to visit the classroom of Dr. Henry Kissinger. This is one of the better of these collections from this period in the history of "Doonesbury".
I think these are pretty fun satires of American politics and culture during this period.