In Iran, Intolerance for Hostage-Takers

Robert Siegel talks with Mark Bowden, national correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly and the author of a forthcoming book, Guest of the Ayatolla. Bowden has been to Iran and interviewed a number of the Iranians who overthrew the American Embassy during the revolution, holding hostages there, and has interviewed other Iranians about their attitudes about it for a book coming out next spring. Bowden says other hostage takers have told him that the man just elected president of Iran was one of the eight students responsible for planning and executing the hostage taking. Bowden says the former hostage-takers are not held up as heroes in Iran anymore, that they have been criticized by both the right and the left in recent years.

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