Under Fire: An American Story

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HarperCollins Publishers, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 446 pages
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Addressing, for the first time, the events that led to his trial, Oliver North explains his role in the Iran-Contra affair and discusses the involvement of other powerful politicos. 450,000 first printing. $300,000 ad/promo. BOMC. First serial, Time. Tour.

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User Review  - MashaK99 - LibraryThing

This is one of those true stories that reads like a novel- fast paced, gripping, and even though you know "how it all ends," hard to put down. For a reader who can put aside political pre-conceptions about the events and the people involved and just enjoy the story, this can be a real treat. Read full review

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User Review  - debs4jc - LibraryThing

The Iran Contra affair seems like such old news now, but it was somewhat interesting reading this account of it from one of the principal players. It is written in a very straightforward manner and is ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
1
The Secret Within a Secret
19
Another World
35
Copyright

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About the author (1991)

Oliver Laurence North was born on October 7, 1943 in San Antonio. He is a former United States Marine Corps lieutenant colonel, conservative political commentator and television host, and military historian. North was a National Security Council staff member during the Iran Contra affair, a political scandal of the late 1980s. The scandal involved the clandestine sale of weapons to Iran, which was to encourage the release of U.S. hostages then held in Lebanon. North formulated the second part of the plan, which was to divert proceeds from the arms sales to support the Contra rebel groups in Nicaragua (which had been specifically prohibited under the Boland Amendment). North's military career started with being a platoon commander during the Vietnam War where he was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He was soon promoted to Captain of Northern Training Area in Okinawa, Japan. From that level he moved on to major and then to the National Security Council where he was promoted to lieutenant colonel. Oliver North became lnown for his political commentary as host of War Stories with Oliver North on Fox News Channel. He has also written several books including: American Heroes, Heroes Proved, One More Mission and The Assassins. His title Counterfeit Lies made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2014.

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