Cover Story

444 Days in Hell
By Ron Soodalter
Iran’s 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran kicked off a political hostage crisis that played out on the world stage

PLUS: Interview
Iran Hostage Sergeant Rocky Sickmann Remembers
One of the U.S. hostages taken captive in 1979 reflects on the event and its lasting implications

Master of the Conquest
By Justin D. Lyons
Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés was the catalyst behind the stunning defeat of the Aztecs

Blinding Saddam
By Beth Underwood
In 1991—after months of intensive desert training—teams of U.S. helicopters busted Iraq wide open

Frontline Focus
By Deborah Stadtler
Photographer Horst Faas took risks on and off the battlefield to produce iconic images of the war in Southeast Asia

The Flawed Perfect General
By Tang Long
Wu Qi led the armies of three Chinese kingdoms and knew defeat only off the battlefield

Beware the Furies
By Thomas Zacharis
Victory proved fatal for a cadre of Athenian generals in the Peloponnesian War

On the cover: Ayatollah Khomeini prays on Nov. 20, 1978, during his exile in Neauphle-le-Château, France, before returning to take control of Iran in 1979. PHOTO: Gilbert Uzan/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

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