On Wings of Eagles By Ken Follett

On Wings of Eagles By Ken Follett This is the real life story of a Green Beret colonel who came out of retirement to lead a secret raid the computer executives shaped into a crack commando team and the Texas industrialist who woul

  • Title: On Wings of Eagles By Ken Follett
  • Author: Ken Follett
  • ISBN: 0451131770
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is the real life story of a Green Beret colonel, who came out of retirement to lead a secret raid, the computer executives, shaped into a crack commando team and the Texas industrialist, who would not abandon two Americans in an Iranian jail After a hairbreadth escape, there is a desperate race for safety Today the team is back home living normal lives But for a whThis is the real life story of a Green Beret colonel, who came out of retirement to lead a secret raid, the computer executives, shaped into a crack commando team and the Texas industrialist, who would not abandon two Americans in an Iranian jail After a hairbreadth escape, there is a desperate race for safety Today the team is back home living normal lives But for a while, they lived a legend.

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    1. This book is personal for me since I worked for Ross Perot's firm, EDS, in San Francisco during that time. I remember seeing the letters from co-workers in Iran posted on the computer room's bulletin board. I watched on TV the news about the escape of EDS people from Iran. How many bosses would help get employees out of danger like he did? This fantastic book will explain why Ross Perot became a hero to me.

    2. Follett steps away from his fiction thrillers to tell the real life story of two EDS employees working in Iran who were arrested and held in an Iranian jail without being charged with anything in 1979 prior to the Iranian hostage situation. I knew nothing about this till reading the book.I also gained a new found respect for Ross Perot, who was the owner of EDS and later became a presidential canidate. The only thing I knew about Ross Perot was that he was a short guy with big ears. I found out [...]

    3. This book is amazing. Really, you couldn't make this stuff up even if you wanted. I must thank one of my faculty members for "making" me read On Wings of Eagles. Ken Follett is one my favorite (well, maybe my favorite) authors, and I hadn't even known that this book existed until December 2012.On Wings of Eagles is the 100% true story of the rescue operation that Ross Perot organizes after two of his EDS employees working in the Iran branch are jailed. This story takes place in 1978-79, not long [...]

    4. This is an awesome book. Three reasons: 1) Follett is an excellent story teller, 2)It's an "espionage/thriller," sort of, 3) it is TRUE! You all know Ross Perot. Well he owns EDS (Electronic Digital Systems). In 1979 he had a bunch of his guys in Iran putting together a Social Security system for them AND a Medicare system for them. At one pointe Iranians stopped paying. After about 6 months they were owing around 4 billion $$. About this time the revolution broke out and there was some politica [...]

    5. Being from Dallas and raised during Ross Perot's run for the presidency, I was surprised I didn't know about his behind the scenes rescue mission of two EDS employees during the Iranian revolution. I enjoy Ken Follett, and hearing him speak recently about his friendship with Perot, made me run out and get this book. Written like a thriller, you cheer for the Texan who works his governmental connections, uses his personal money and ultimately puts a motley crew of men with true grit together to g [...]

    6. Libro semplicemente pazzesco, ti tiene col fiato sospeso dalla prima all'ultima parola. Merita davvero di essere letto. Di sicuro lo rileggerò volentieri

    7. The true story of how Ross Perot organized a secret rescue team to get his captive employees out of Iran when the U.S. government couldn't be bothered. Good tension throughout, almost read like a novel. Some members of our book club felt the book could have been shortened. If it had been, I'm not sure all the facts would have been properly presented.

    8. Wow. What an incredible story of beating the odds. This story is based on the real-life events of EDS (an American company contracted to create a social-security type system in Iran) and Ross Perot's quest to help his EDS employees escape the hands of the acting Iranian government. Though parts of this story drag a bit, it is an interesting cast of characters involved in this plot it's also interesting to hear this tale of a bit of american history.

    9. Remember the Iranian hostage crisis of '79? Well, in 1978--before things arrived at that disastrous point in Iran's revolution against the Shah--several Americans found themselves imprisoned (in actuality, kidnapped and held for ransom) by the Iranian government, only to be abandoned by the American Embassy while the country fell apart around them. Now remember Ross Perot of the 90s presidential races? Well, the men kidnapped were senior executives of Perot's company EDS. Unwilling to leave his [...]

    10. "On Wings of Eagles" is a heroic story about vastly different cultures during a religiously-motivated revolution, and how they directly impacted the lives of to two wrongly-imprisoned businessmen as well as their rescuers. The rescue effort would not have achieved fruition had it not been for the vision, funding, and ambition of Ross Perot, founder of Electronic Data Systems (EDS). He pulled together an extraordinary team and, with vast resources, would not accept failure as an option.The first [...]

    11. Corporate derring do as the US government and US military are hamstrung by policy. Leave it to Ross Perot, middle-aged rescuers dedicated to saving wrongly imprisoned Americans, bags of money, tons of luck, all against the backdrop of Iran descending into mayhem and anarchy after the Shah was deposed. Oh, yeah, add that the team was headed up by legendary Special Forces operative "Bull" Simons, and you will know why this had to be made into a movie starring Burt Lancaster.

    12. This is a true story - not fiction. It will shed a different light on Ross Perot. I worked at EDS for 13 years - and I met Paul Chiapparone, one of the EDS hostages caught in the middle of the Iranian Revolution.

    13. In December of 1978 two employees of EDS were arrested in Iran. EDS was a global data processing firm that was working with Iran to set up their banking system. This was Ross Perot’s firm headquartered in Texas. After trying all available official options and finding the Carter Whitehouse impotent to help, Perot decided to take matters into his own hands. He put together a team of specialists who, after several months and some good luck, managed to get them out without any injuries on either s [...]

    14. I liked the book On Wings of Eagles by Ken Follett; however, it was a very slow read for me. I usually don't read these types of books and I was easily distracted. That's not saying the story isn't good, it is. It's a true story and details how two people were sent to and held prisoner in Iran without any cause. It's about a group of loyal and trustworthy employees and the employer, Ross Perot, that helped in their escaped. Besides the fact that I like Ken Follett's books, what captured my reaso [...]

    15. Great bookI have enjoyed all Ken Follett books for hat on have read and I’ve read quite a few. Looking forward to the next one.

    16. What a marvel.A truely magnificent read. This is the 6th book that I have read of Kens and I am forever hooked by the intricate detail of his books. The hours of research that goes into these stories is astonishing. Can't wait to read my next book.

    17. I never knew this story. Bravery and determination. I have now seen Ross Perot in a totally new light. Amazing piece of history.

    18. No es un desastre como "En el blanco" (el otro libro malo que leí de Follett), pero lo que tiene este es que es aburrido, lo único que tiene son las últimas cien páginas donde se vuelve entretenido, pero para eso primero hay que leer quinientas."Las alas de águila" es una historia real. Dos empresarios estadounidense son metidos en prisión sin motivos aparente. Entre todo esto, comienza una revolución contra el sah mientras Ross Perot, el multimillonario dueño de la empresa, comienza a b [...]

    19. On Wings of Eagles is the true story of an epic rescue lead by Electronic Data Systems (EDS) Corporation's executive Ross Perot, as he sends a selective group of his own employees into Iran to break two of his coworkers, Paul Chiapparone and Bill Gaylord, out of an Iranian prison for crimes which they did not commit against that country’s government. It is retold by author Ken Fallot, a novelist known for his action-driven style of writing, and it shows as he brings this already amazing story [...]

    20. On wings of EaglesWow! I don't remember the details regarding the change in regime from the late 1970's , but this book is So descriptive. It provides a tense commentary on this historical event. Never considered Ross Perot a hero before, but definitely have much more respect for him for his loyalty to his employees. Excellent writing style!

    21. Apparently even the greatest authors have a price. On Wings of Eagles is based on real events: 2 American businessmen are put in jail with non formalized bribery accusations in the middle of the Iran Khomeini's Iran revolution, and they managed to escape back home. The story is told as told to the author by the main characters, one of which, Perot, pretty much commissioned the book. As a result the book reads like a puff job, where Perot and his executives are hailed as heroes for actions that a [...]

    22. The symbol of the eagle was something I remember from my childhoodon paperweights, small statues, you name it. Eagle=EDS. My dad worked for EDS for 30 years. And that's why I smiled when I finished this book, for it couldn't be more aptly titled. This true account of a "small" Iranian hostage crisis in the year before the one we all know better illuminates the spirit of EDS and the power of one man's money and drive put to good use. If more millionaires used their resources the way Ross Perot us [...]

    23. This is one of my favorite books. The first time I read it at 13 or 14, I read it because I was reading everything Ken Follett had written. It's very different from anything else he had done, but the idea that this was a TRUE story kept me going. Also, the election in which Ross Perot ran for president had occurred recently, so the fact that he was in it made me curious. I cut my teeth on the Tom Clancy novels, so I was already used to the in-depth discussions of the layout of buildings, breakdo [...]

    24. After having read and heard so much about the horrific and depressing story about Desert One/Operation Eagle Claw, the failed attempt to rescue our hostages in Iran back in 1980, it was such a pleasant contrast to read a success story about rescuing Americans from Iran. Reading this book also gave me a newfound sense of respect for Ross Perot (my disagreement with some of his political stances during his 1992 and '96 presidential runs notwithstanding).Some random stream-of-consciousness notes I [...]

    25. Ross Perot was one crazy Texan. I only vaguely remember him in the 1992 presidential debates talking with a high, nasally voice about balancing the budget, but I guess if you're crazy enough to run for president as an independent, you're crazy enough to organize a hostage rescue with employees from your data processing company in the middle of a frenzied, anti-American revolution in Iran. These guys had more guts than I'll ever have, and it worked (against all odds and an enormous human and lega [...]

    26. This is history I lived, 1977 I was a marine aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz CVN-68. The Iranians had disposed of the Shah and had been replaced with the Iyatola and his revolutionary Governmemt. President Carters Diplomatic policies were riddled with mistakes and very ineffective. Two of Ross Perots employees following the advise of the American Embassy were arrested without being charged with a 12 million dollar bail. After all Diplomatic and other means failed EDS (Ross Perots Co.) Decided on a Brea [...]

    27. On The Wings Of Eagles did not seem as good as Ken Follett’s fictional works, but still is quite readable for a non-fiction narrative. Follett did an excellent job at describing H. Ross Perot (his motivations, life, and character) and how his loyalty to two of his employees imprisoned in Iran led to him using his connections to create a rescue team. The narrative was not overly dry or tedious, but various parts of the book failed to capture my interest and I ended up skim reading these section [...]

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