KC Johnson

March 25: The United States & A Revolutionary Middle East (1979-1988)

  • Mitchell Bard, “Interest Groups, the President, and Foreign Policy: How Reagan Snatched Victory from the Jaws of Defeat On AWACS,” Presidential Studies Quarterly, pp. 583-600.
  • Catherine Scott, “Bound for Glory: The Hostage Crisis as Captivity Narrative in Iran,” International Studies Quarterly, pp. 177-88.
  • 444 Days in the Dark: An Oral History of the Iran Hostage Crisis,” GQ.
  • Malcolm Byrne, “The Iran-Contra Affair,” read summary and document summaries ONLY.
  • William B. Quandt, “Reagan’s Lebanon Policy: Trial and Error,” Middle East Journal, pp. 237-254.
  • Joyce Battle, ed., “Shaking Hands with Saddam Hussein,” read summary and document summaries ONLY.


  • Ayatollah Khomeini conditions for hostages’ release
  • Reagan address on Lebanon barracks bombing:
  • Reagan on 1986 U.S. bombing of Qaddafi compound in Libya

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