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October Surprise: America's Hostages in Iran and the Election of Ronald Reagan

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Describes how the Reagan-Bush campaign made a secret deal with Iran to delay the release of the American hostages until after the 1980 election in return for arms, revealing how the Reagan cronies prolonged the crisis for political gain. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published November 19th 1991 by Crown
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Steven Wilson
An excellent piece of journalism on an unfortunate piece of US history. Gary Sick, who served on the National Security Council of Republican and Democratic Presidents, and was princip White House Aide during the Iranian hostage crisis in the 1980's, gives the lowdown on the behind the scenes (illegal) dealings of the Reagan campaign which lead to the hostages being kept longer in order to effect the outcome (in Reagan's favor) of the presidential election against Jimmy Carter.
Bruce Fogerty
Apr 30, 2016 Bruce Fogerty rated it really liked it
An interesting account written by a long time foreign relations advisor to both Democratic and Republican administrations. This book details how the Reagan Election Campaign negotiated with Iran, in an act of treason, to undermine the democratically elected Carter Administration for political advantage. The Reagan Campaign's goal was to prevent the Carter Administration from resolving the Iranian Hostage Crisis from being resolved before the November 1980 Election. The deal put together by Casey ...more
Jim
Feb 15, 2011 Jim rated it really liked it
Fascinating account of how Ronald Reagan's campaign manager William Casey negoitiated with Iranians and Israelis during the 1980 presidential campaign to have American hostages held for a longer period so as to undermine President Jimmy Carter's re-election.

Truly an insight into the world of politicians, arms dealers, and double agents written by a Washington insider who served under Ford, Carter and Reagan on the National Security Council after a 22 year Navy career.

While it does not change my
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Mattc
Dec 30, 2008 Mattc marked it as to-read
This book tells how the reagan/bush team delayed the release of U.S. hostages in iran until after the U.S. election between Carter/Reagan for polititcal gain. the hostages were released 2 hours after Reagan was sworn in.
Bruce
Mar 04, 2009 Bruce rated it really liked it
While Republicans claim they fear October surprises they seem to be the ones always carrying them out.
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