I just finished reading Guests of the Ayatollah by Mark Bowden and I must give it 5 stars.
Michael D. Rose, a reviewer on Amazon.com states it better than I will be able to:
“His outstanding research, interviews, and story telling weave the most compelling narrative of what actually occurred behind the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran during the 444 days that America was held captive. You actually feel like you are right there amongst the American hostages battling anger, fear, depression, smiling inward with every small personal victory over the Iranian students, and contemplating ways to escape the nightmare both physically and mentally. You also get a clear picture of a President who is angered by the turn of events in Iran, but is too weak to do anything about it. The inclusion of the details of the bold, but ill-fated American rescue mission (Operation Eagle Claw) is fascinating in itself and brilliantly woven into the story.”
If you are at all interested in Military History, International Relationships, Human Nature, or just a want a good read, you should check out Guests of the Ayatollah.