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The Ayatollah in the Cathedral: Reflections of a Hostage

The Ayatollah in the Cathedral: Reflections of a Hostage
By Moorhead Kennedy
241 pp, Hill and Wang, 1986
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An intensely personal memoir-essay about the author's career as a diplomat specializing in the Middle East, his experience as one of the hostages in Teheran, subsequent resignation from the Foreign Service, and a spectacular disagreement with antinuclear activists leading to another resignation-this time as the head of a church-related peace institute. His twofold message is an appeal to Americans to understand the perspectives of others, especially the people of the Middle East, and a denunciation of dogmatism by the American equivalents of the ayatollah.