Learning from Argo

We have been happy to begin a new partnership with the Kimberly Senior Citizens to show a monthly Mid-Week Matinee at the Kimberly Library. We started with The Life of Pi, then Lincoln, and this month it will be Argo. Many of the movies we show are either based on a book or have historical ties where we can take a step back in time and learn from our history.

Argo is one of those opportunities to take a look at where we've been and to learn from the historical context of the story. With that in mind, I decided to put together a brief bibliography of library resources for people who would like to learn more about the topic of the Iran hostage crisis. Take a look at the titles below and learn more about the story surrounding this Academy Award winning film.

ArgoBibliography of Related Materials for Argo

Mendez, Antonio J., and Matt Baglio. Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History. New York: Viking, 2012.

Wright, Robert A. Our Man in Tehran: The True Story Behind the Secret Mission to Save Six Americans During the Iran Hostage Crisis and the Foreign Ambassador Who Worked with the CIA to Bring Them Home. New York: Other Press, 2011.

Slavin, Barbara. Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S., and the Twisted Path to Confrontation. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2007.

Farber, David R. Taken Hostage: The Iran Hostage Crisis and America's First Encounter with Radical Islam. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005.

Harris, David. The Crisis: The President, the Prophet, and the Shah-- 1979 and the Coming of Militant Islam. New York: Little, Brown and Co, 2004.

Sick, Gary. October Surprise: America's Hostages in Iran and the Election of Ronald Reagan. New York: Times Books, 1991.

Jordan, Hamilton. Crisis: The Last Year of the Carter Presidency. New York: Putnam, 1982.

Moody, Sidney C. 444 Days: The American Hostage Story. New York: Rutledge Press, 1981.

Stempel, John D. Inside the Iranian Revolution. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1981.