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On Wings of Eagles
On Wings of Eagles
Author: Ken Follett
Number-one bestselling author Ken Follett tells the inspiring, true story of the Middle East hostage crisis that began in 1979, and of the unconventional means Ross Perot used to save his countrymen.
ISBN-13: 9780451131515
ISBN-10: 0451131517
Publication Date: 9/3/1984
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 48 ratings
Publisher: New Amer Library (Mm)
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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There were two major American rescue efforts to free the hostages in Iran in the late 70's-early 80's. One failed- and made grim headlines. The other succeeded against all odds, and inspired Ken Follett to write this true story in his unique style, better than any fictional novel you'll ever read! No Hollywood script writer could match this adventure. Includes 16 pages of photos. A+++++
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In this extraordinary work of nonfiction, Ken Follett re-creates an adventure that equals the suspense of his famous novels - a daring, real-life mission carried out by authentic American heroes.

On Wings of Eagles is the story of a Green Beret colonol, a decorated soldier of the World War II and Vietnam, who came out of retirement to lead a secret raid against staggeringly perilous odds...a group of computer executives who were hastily shaped into a crack commando team...a Texas industrialist who woud not abandon two men when all hope seemed lost.
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This book keeps you interested from first page to last page. A great read!
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Most people know Ross Perot as the little guy with big ears who wanted to be President. A Texan of short stature with alot of money. He's all that - and a hell of alot more. Any person who takes the time to read this book will learn what a great and honorable person he is. His loyalty to his EDS employees goes far beyond what any person could have possibly expected. When members of his corporate entity (EDS) are arrested in Iran at the beginning of the Iranian revolution, his first reaction is to ensure that their families in the States are taken care of. His second step is to bring all the pressure he can muster to the State Department to free his men. When he meets roadblocks there -- he hires the best Special Ops guy around and puts together a small group of his employees. Together, along with a wad of cash for bribes, they go into Iran where they break their men out of jail and eventually are able to sneak out of the country. Here is a man who put himself and his money on the line in order to protect his employees. The mechanics of the how are left to the reader. After reading this book, I am quite sure you will have found new respect for the little man from Texas.
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If you love Ken Follett's fiction books, you are not going to believe this book. Is is a true story with chararcters that you may still remember, written in the fast paced, heart stopping, Follett's way. Great Read!
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The Eagles, a group of volunteers from the executive ranks of a great American corporation, hand-picked and trained by a retired Green Beret officer.

To penetrate a heavily guarded prison fortress in Iran and free the Americans imprisoned there.

If you had to calculate the, you didn't go.

The story on these pages would have been incredibly exciting had it been fiction. but it is more than that-it is fact. It's a story that only Ken Follett, today's master of action and suspense, could do justice to.
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Thrilling account of how Ross Perot got his people of EDS extracted from Iran when rescues of other groups failed