Taken Hostage Essay

1264 Words May 15th, 2013 6 Pages
History 137
Abilities Based Assignment: Think Piece
Taken Hostage On David Farber's book Taken Hostage, Farber informs us about the Iran Hostage Crisis and America's First Encounter with Radical Islam. This book tells us how the United States and Iran got into conflict, leading to the Iranians holding American Embassy members hostage as revenge for them feeling betrayed by the United States. It also informs us about other events that occurred in a decade that caused the United States many problems. Reading this book taught me a lot more than what I was expecting. I was expecting it to be a boring hard to read book, but it honesty grasped my attention. I like the fact that Farber talked about all the events that lead to the
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By the end of the 1960s unrelenting inflation was one of the problems the fueled people's economic distress. In a country that was used to cheap foods, prices were skyrocketing fifteen percent a year or more. The cause of inflation was complicated to tell, some argued that it was a result of President Johnson's push of budget into deficit. Others argued that Americans were buying huge quantities of foreign made goods, which meant that they were sending more money than what they had to other countries and putting us in a trade deficit. It also seemed that President Carter instead of helping the economy get better when he was elected as president, things got worse with the inflation. Inflation was then at a 17 percent increase annually. To make things worse, oil imports raised from 35 percent to 50 percent in domestic consumption in just four years. A matter that worsened things because the price of oil had raised from $1.80 a barrel in 1971 to $12 a barrel by 1973. I was surprised and shocked to find out that people were going crazy for a chace to fill up there cars with gas. But what shocked me the most was the fact that they would wait in line from two to three hours just to get gas because they were scared that it would run out. The panic was so big that there would start fights at the gas stations, which to me is too crazy. I don't know if I would be able to do all that just for gas. Even though we had already talked about the Iranian

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