...of the failed attempt to rescue the hostages from Iran during the Jimmy Carter administration. '81 or '82 I think. It is an amazing recounting of the events that lead up to the attempt. How the team was formed and what uncontrollable circumstances contributed to it's failure. Do yourself a favor...READ IT! I saw the author on Ted Kopel late one night when I was about half way through the book. The good Colonel was made a fool of by Kopel and his message, his skills, and his dedication to the safety of the American people around the world was turned into a joke by Kopel. I have despised the man ever since. We need more guys like Col. Beckwith in the armed forces today.