Iran Hostages: America's Incredible Day

When Ronald Reagan takes command and the hostages are finally freed

When Ronald Reagan takes command and the hostages are finally freed

It was an extraordinary conjuncture of events, compressed almost beyond credibility: within a mere 41 minutes, a presidency began, an ordeal ended, and the nation was swept by a sense of shared emotion and exuberance not felt in years.

Even Ronald Reagan, at ease with the implausibilities of fictive film, would have rejected the script as beyond belief. At the approach of high noon, the hero strides to the podium. Gently, the sun tries to break through an overcast sky. With a resounding "So...

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