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On Wings of Eagles Mass Market Paperback – Sep 3 1984

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reissue edition (Sept. 3 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451163532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451163530
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 3.2 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 640 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
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A superb edge-of-the-seat true story. ("USA Today")

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Ken Follet normally writes fiction and this is a non-fiction book. Follet started out as a news journalist and he is no stranger to research. In this case, the story follows Ross Perot of EDS and his team of volunteer employees who set out to rescue two of their associates that have been wrongfully imprisoned by the Iranian government in 1979 (the year of Iran's revolution).

This book should be mandatory reading for any business student taking a course on international business, because it depicts what can happen when a company conducts business in countries with high political risk. Ross Perot not only ended up risking his company but he also risked going to jail for breaking numerous laws in order to rescue two of his employees. Things could have gone very wrong and on many occasions very nearly did. Ross Perot and the ordinary EDS employees who set out to Iran to perform the heroics were extremely fortunate to execute the rescue successfully along with the help of key Iranian citizens. This is their story and it is an incredible one.

This story is one of the best Ken Follet books and is highly recommended reading. If you like great story-telling combined with a in-depth research and a strong dose of tension then this book is definitely for you!
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This is an absolutely true story of how some people working for Ross Perot at EDS were imprisoned in Iran and how the escaped. But, you know, sometimes true stories are not as interesting or suspenseful as fiction.
The introduction of the characters and the build up of the story are very well done. It is just that the escape was anticlimatic and not very exciting.
Other reveiwers make it sound like Ross Perot was a super hero, doing the impossible to rescue his workers. On Perot's side, he was very concerned for his people and took actions to try to help them. But, he wasn't involved in the actual rescue. He hired mercanaries to do the actual work.
It turns out that there was really no rescue. The captives escaped the prison on their own. The only thing the mercenaries supplied was transporation to the border. It made it easier for the people to get out of Iran, but they probably could have done it on their own.
This book would have been more interesting if it concentrated even more on the captives and gave less attention to Perot and the mercenaries. In that way, there would have been a lot more suspense and the ending would have had a better pay off.
This is not a bad book. The development of the characters is very good. And there is some tension when the captives are sent to prison. It's just there is no big action filled pay off in the end.
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Just finished reading "On Wings of Eagles" by Ken Follet. It's a non-fiction about how Ross Perot (using his top execs. and Green Beret Col. Bull Simon (ret.)) breaks his (innocent) people out of a Tehran, Iran prison and Iran, overland during the February 9th, 1979 revolution, when Ayatollah Khomeini had led the overthrow of the pro-West shah. Very exciting. They were, as Col. Bull Simons states, witnessing history in the making. They were right in the center of a very violent revolution. I mean right there in the streets while it was going on. WHEW!
This also Shows you what a lotta money can and can't do
My only rant is why there wasn't a picture of Rashid! Rashid is the real hero. He picked up a gun and incited the revolutionaries to storm the prison and break everyone out. Then he took the Americans overland thru hostile bandit and Kurdish tribal territory at the foot of the freezing Elburz Mts. to the Turkey border town of Sero. Securing their safe escape. If it wasn't for Rashid, Bill and Paul would still be in prison and the rest still waiting at the Hyatt Hotel
I mean there are pictures of Ross Perots mother and son for christ sake, who weren't even involved in this, yet there are no pictures (except one of his backside) of the man who saved them all. Rashid. That's inexcusable.
Ross Perot makes a statement in the book I feel everyone should learn and teach their kids.
"But if you go through life worrying about all the bad things that can happen, you soon convince yourself that it's best to do nothing at all"
I believe that should be chiseled on plaques and mounted in every school yard and class room across the nation.
Again, this shows you what a lotta money can and can't do. 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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