AMERICA HELD HOSTAGE by Don Lawson

AMERICA HELD HOSTAGE

The Iran Hostage Crisis and the Iran-Contra Affair
Age Range: 14 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

 American citizens have been held hostage in the Middle East at least since 1979, when our embassy in Teheran was seized by a mob; Lawson's history of the US government's response in the 80's makes a sad tale of hypocrisy, incompetence, and corruption. He shows how, after the hostage crisis cost Carter his political career, Reagan allowed a series of profitable arms-for-hostages deals to go through--while publicly condemning the idea--to finance his ``pet anti-communist project.'' The ensuing revelations, investigations, and trials are covered here in some detail. In an epilogue, Lawson notes that a new group of hostages were taken when Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait in 1990. A thematic introduction by Arthur L. Liman, an attorney involved in the Senate Iran-contra investigation, sums it up: Reagan's advisors, acting from ``disrespect, bordering on contempt'' for the Constitution, established a ``secret government within the Government'' for specifically illegal purposes. B&w photos; adequate bibliography; long chronology; excellent notes; chart listing hostages taken in the 80's; index. (Nonfiction. YA)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-531-11009-5
Page count: 128pp
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1991