The explosive national bestseller
Finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Non-Fiction
The world watched with fear in November 1979, when Iranian students infiltrated and occupied the American embassy in Tehran. As the city exploded in a fury of revolution, few knew about the six American embassy staff who escaped into hiding. For three months, Ken Taylor, the Canadian ambassador to Iran—along with his wife and embassy staffers—concealed the Americans in their homes, terrified that Ayatollah Khomeini would find out and exact deadly consequences.
In Our Man in Tehran, Robert Wright, author of the award-winning national bestseller Three Nights in Havana, tells the story behind a major historical flashpoint, a story of cloak-and-dagger intrigue, the stuff of John le Carré and Frederick Forsyth made real--and the story Ben Affleck didn't get quite right in his Oscar-winning movie based on the Canadian caper, Argo.
“Wright’s account succeeds in showing how courage and honour can affect history.”
“In this fascinating account of spycraft and compassion, Wright puts newly unclassified documents to excellent use. . . . An absorbing story of genuine heroism and suspense.”
“Our Man in Tehran not only adds much new detail to the Canadian role, but tells for the first time of Taylor’s contributions as a surrogate CIA ‘liaison officer’ . . . An amazing story, skillfully told.”
“Thrilling . . . a well-constructed history of a remarkable story, the repercussions of which are still felt today.”
“Policy makers as well as students of history will find much to reflect on here. . . . Detailed and riveting insight into the difference a few good men and women can make.”
“Our Man in Tehran reads like a Cold War thriller, and Wright is scrupulously fair in his portrayal of Iranians and their motives. . . . an invaluable history lesson.”
“A very readable and well-researched account.”