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On Wings of Eagles Mass Market Paperback – Sep 3 1984
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A superb edge-of-the-seat true story. ("USA Today")
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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!
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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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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Great book, all about Ross Perot's rescuing of his staff from an Iranian jail when the Shah was ruling in the 80's.Published 3 months ago by Gord Lavery
Knowing that this is a true story makes it even more interesting and amazing. Nicely written. Certainly worth the read.Published 3 months ago by Big Lou
this author is so very remarkable. I am always amazed at all his turn s and twists, but this story is true. Read morePublished on July 21 2013 by desneiges
Follett strays beyond his habitual range in this non-fiction account of an increadible rescue mission in Revolutionary Iran. Read morePublished on Sept. 19 2008 by Pete Kitay
It is as interesting as any of Tom Clancy's books with out boring you with 60 different plots that you know will eventually come to geather. Read morePublished on June 26 2002 by John Hubbard
The first part of the book is very interesting, how two people get arrested in Iran an the company owner (Ross Perot) make the dream team to take them out of jail, but when they... Read morePublished on April 9 2002 by Jorge Frid
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