One day, my Dutch friend asked me whether I have read the book “On Wings of Eagles” which is the story of some Americans in Iran at the time of revolution. He probably had bought the book for a buck or so from a peddler. After he finished reading the book he brought it for me to read it. Usually in times like this, I find myself to be in an uncomfortable situation since I rarely enjoy reading such books. On the other hand it would have been rude if I had not accepted it. However, it turned out to be different. I started reading it and I finished the whole thing very quickly. The story was fascinating and exciting.
The story is about a rescue mission lead by Americans at the time of the Iranian revolution in 1979. The leader of the rescue mission was Ross Perot, founder of EDS corporations, the person who later ran as an independent candidate for US presidency in 1992 and 1996. At the time of the revolution, he was runnig EDS corporations which had a few hundred million dollar contract with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Shah’s government.
The story beautifully takes the reader to the chaotic situations of 1979. A few months before the revolution, many of -one time- Shah’s loyals got arrested for charges such as corruption in order to calm down the opposition. Among them, it was the Minister of Health and Social Welfare. In trying to prosecute him, the judge tries to find a bribery case between him and EDS. Then the judge orders the arrest of two Americans who were in charge of EDS in Iran. The story is now about how Ross Perot, along with his team tries everything to rescue the imprisoned employees. Perot himself went to Iran and entered the prison where his men were held. Despite all their plans such as penetrating a heavily guarded prison fortress, it is ironically the happening of the revolution which eventually frees the Americans in its own funny way.
The book, which became a best seller, is written by Ken Follett and first published in 1983.