Follett's On Wings of Eagles stands as a tribute to traditional American values and patriotism. Two major characters, Ross Perot and Arthur Simons, are portrayed as intensely loyal to their families, friends, and country.
Perot, Texas industrialist and founder of Electronic Data Systems Corporation, is not characterized as the typical "greedy, power mad millionaire," but as an exemplary father, loyal to his wife and children, and gravely concerned about his dying mother. Follett reminds readers that if she dies, Perot will "miss her very badly indeed."
Perot also feels personally responsible for his employees and fondly refers to them as "his men." When two of his top executives are imprisoned in Iran, he does not abandon them to their fate as the U.S. State Department would have him do. He adopts, instead, a positive attitude toward their situation.
He indicates that he got them into this predicament, and...