"Farber has produced a succinct and authoritative book on the hostage crisis that is well researched, engagingly written, and persuasive in its conclusions. What's more, it's a real page turner. The book includes numerous fascinating vignettes, including the story behind the story of why Americans displayed yellow ribbons to seek the hostages' safe return. A truly first-rate work."--Fredrik Logevall, University of California, Santa BarbaraDavid Farber is the author of 'Taken Hostage: The Iran Hostage Crisis and America's First Encounter with Radical Islam (Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America)', published 2006 under ISBN 9780691127590 and ISBN 069112759X.