- Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Signet; Reissue edition (June 3 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780451163530
- ISBN-13: 978-0451163530
- ASIN: 0451163532
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.3 x 17.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 640 g
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #315,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
On Wings of Eagles Mass Market Paperback – Jun 3 2003
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"A superb edge-of-the-seat true story." —USA Today
"Ken Follett has combined the best of his journalistic skills and his flair for crackling fiction into a nonfiction work that's sure to be read. . . . This is one time when the mad dogs of the world were soundly defeated by the indomitable Yankee spirit and derring-do. . . . On Wings of Eagles soars." —The Kansas City Star
"Superb. . . . Ken Follett's fans may be reluctant to see him return to fiction." —The New York Times Book Review
"A remarkable adventure." —Los Angeles Times
"Follett at his most spellbinding." —Boston Herald
"A gripping thriller." —Newsday
"An extraordinary story . . . gripping." —Business Week
"Impressive suspense and excitement." —Publishers Weekly
"A first-rate bestseller . . . stirring, provocative, as meticulously detailed and as thrilling as Follett's fictional creations." —The Houston Post
"Excellent. . . . Fifteen American executives led by a feisty ex-Army colonel on a hair-raising mission. . . . No Hollywood scriptwriter could match this adventure." —The Cincinnati Enquirer
"Rich in atmosphere, character, and dialogue. . . . Follett is a pro's pro. . . . If this is not a major motion picture, somebody should kick Hollywood back to life." —New York Daily News
About the Author
Ken Follett is one of the world’s best-loved authors, selling more than 160 million copies of his thirty books. Follett’s first bestseller was Eye of the Needle, a spy story set in the Second World War.
In 1989 The Pillars of the Earth was published, and has since become the author’s most successful novel. It reached number one on bestseller lists around the world and was an Oprah’s Book Club pick.
Its sequels, World Without End and A Column of Fire, proved equally popular, and the Kingsbridge series has sold 38 million copies worldwide.
Follett lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his wife Barbara. Between them they have five children, six grandchildren, and three Labradors.
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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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