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am 29. August 1999
Once Ken Follett decided to write the book, On Wings of Eagles, he took two years to carefully research every date, place, person and other key fact in the story. This is exactly what you would expect an ex-newspaper man to do, especially one who is writing his first major non-fiction novel and wants to protect his reputation as a successful writer. Ken spent months researching the Iranian Revolution and the EDS rescue mission. He spent weeks individually interviewing everyone who participated in the rescue (except Colonel Bull Simons who unfortunately had died several months after the rescue ended). Follett crossed-checked his facts with the State Department, including staff stationed in the American embassy during the Revolution, with Iranians familiar with the events that had transpired in their country, and with many other people to make sure he got the story right.
To the extent that his literary goal was achievable, the book speaks for itself. Anyone who was in Iran during this period of time, and who was familar with the overthrow of the Shah's government, knows how accurate Ken's story is compared to the events that transpired.
It was indeed fortunate for the hostages that Ross Perot formed an employee-based rescue team that was successful in their mission. Follett describes this part of the story in great detail. He also relates the other strategies that were employed in an attempt to free the two executives, including the extensive use of lawyers in Iran, the lobbying for assistance at the State Department and the White House, and the exploration of several military-oriented solutions. Follett also documents EDS'attempts to pay the $12,750,000 bail (ransom?)for the two hostages. Unfortunately, none of these solutions worked.
If Follett has any problem with his story, it is the vast quantity of source material that he has to manage. Where does he start, where does he stop?? Which people and which incidents are worth including, which are not?? And, does he praise Ross Perot?? Of course he does. Ross is the person who led the rescue, who put his own life and personal reputation on the line. Ross actually went to the Gasr jail to see it for himself, to personally tell the two hostages to keep their faith and to gain first-hand knowledge of the Revolution taking place in Iran. How could Follett tell the story and not praise Perot. Actually, the facts do it for him.
In truth, the bottom line measurement of the success of an author's work lies in how many copies of his book are sold. In the case of On Wings of Eagles, the results are staggering. More than twenty years later, the paperback version of the story is still being sold in a dozen languages on bookshevles all over the world.
In case, you are wondering how I know all this to be true, I lived the story as one of the hostages who was rescued. I gave the book five stars for accuracy and excitement.
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am 24. Juni 2000
On The Wings of Eagles is destined to be a classic. It is the true life story of Ross Perot trying to save members of his corporation who are being held hostage by the Iranian government. He first tries using his clout and influence in Washington but when that does not work he hires a team of mercenaries to go to Iran to free the hostages and return unharmed to the United States.
The book reads like a fictional spy novel; however, it is a true story. Not "based on a true story" but 100% nonfiction, according to author Ken Follett. Nevertheless, this is one book that you will just not want to put down.
The maps, pictures, and cast of characters list makes the book even easier to follow.
Furthermore, the book also gives insight into the real life character, ex-presidental candidate, Ross Perot.
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am 13. April 1999
The story itself, as it really happened would have been interesting, had it not been for the way Follett wrote this whole thing. I admire him otherwise and love his books, but this one wasn`t quite worth buying. Good and clever American guys defeating the stupid and uncivilized Iranians, the whole book is about praising Uncle Sam.
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am 1. März 2015
If have been to Iran and love the coutnry. To understand the revolution of 1979 one must understand the history of Iran beeing occupied and ruled by foreign countries since the 19hrds (I recommende 'Eskandar' as a read). This book is written out of the view of members of US based company EDS working in Iran and have nothing to do with politics and the revolution. Still they get drag in the whirl of the revolution and get rescued by a bold plan and action. based on true events it is a great read.
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am 24. Februar 2015
Ich habe viele Bücher von Ken Follett gelesen. Ich fand sie alle gut, zum Teil war ich richtig begeistert. Nicht so bei "On Wings of Eagles".
Ein Militär- und Politepos, das sich in zahllosen Details verliert, so dass der Handlungsstrang immer wieder verloren geht. A propos Handlung: edle und heldenhafte Amerikaner zeigen der Welt wieder einmal wo's lang geht. Die Klischees sind teilweise kaum erträglich: der Ober-Landser der vor dem Frühstück mal kurz 80 Schlitzaugen abknallt aber zuhause den zärtlichen Ehegatten gibt. Wenn man die moralische Talfahrt der selbsternannten Weltpolizisten in den letzten 20 Jahren erlebt hat, dann ist ist dieses Buch vollends ungenießbar.
A waste of time and money!
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am 25. Februar 1999
Another company now owns the site, but I work in the exact building on Forest Lane that stood as EDS headquarters in that era. Ross's office is all mahogany, custom-made, polished, still. 1960s building code limits to 7 floors but Ross built 8, calling the 1st floor "Ground Floor". I enter the actual room where the incursion was planned each day. Let me tell you mister, the history is literally palpable each time you step inside. This book is better than fiction - True action stories always are.
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am 30. April 1997
Ken Follett takes the reader behind the scenes of an event that was played out in newscasts across the nation. He gives us several different points of view about the EDS hostage crisis, and we finally learn how Ross Perot was able to rescue his employees. I especially enjoyed the historical backgound he gives for the period when the Shah was forced to abdicate his throne. This book is a page turner, prepare to lose some sleep
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am 14. Mai 1998
I have read the book several times, and maybe I'm a bit biased, therefore disqualifying myself from making an objective review. Why? My dad was one of the members of that so-called "stupid team" and the fact that these men, all EDS employees, risked their lives to rescue coworkers says a lot about EDS,its' corporate culture, and its' employees. There is a lot of Perot praising (he is not one of my favorite people), but he risked his own life to see these men when they were imprisoned, when there was a price on his head set there by the Iranian government. I would say that this is an inspirational read, one to pick up if you want to restore your faith in America and the people who live here. Yes, "good guys" still exist, not everyone is selfish; I'm lucky enough to be a daughter of one of those good guys, and old friends with many more.
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am 15. September 1997
The book at first glance was very promising, but turned out to be very hollow and waste of time. A rescue team infiltrated into Iran was later turned out to be totally useless and wasted lot of Ross's money. The stupid team could only waited out until the riot finally exploded in the prison and those morons just did a shuttle bus rescue mission. This was the worst investment that Ross did in his whole life. The writing was okay but not great and without any energy; a book of no purpose at all.
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am 29. Dezember 1996
Quite a Ken Follet fan, I was very disappointed with this book. Although non-fiction, it was possible to
make such an exciting story a bit more interesting to the reader.The way that Ken Follet went out of his
way, time and time again to praise Ross Perot, it almost seemed as if this book was financed by Perot
himself. Compared to Follet's other books, I found this book to be quite boring, and as I said before, very
disappointing.
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