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Operation Eagle Claw: The Disastrous Rescue Attempt During the Iranian Hostage Crisis

© Mahmoudreza Kalari/Sygma/Corbis The Iranian Hostage Crisis, in which Iranian student revolutionaries held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days, was an unprecedented act of state-sanctioned terrorism and a profound humiliation for the United States. In many ways “Operation Eagle Claw,” the ludicrously ambitious plan to rescue the hostages, was the nadir of the whole affair. Intended [...]

Billion Dollar Home

Think that housing prices are outrageous? Check out this billion (yes, you read that right: $1,000,000,000) house owned by India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani: Need to cool off after the stressful drive? Of course there’s a swimming pool and yoga studio. Or, by some accounts, an ice room to escape the Mumbai heat, infused with man-made [...]