Argo by Antonio Mendez
How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History

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This book is an exciting read. While showing intense planning on the part of the CIA it also shows the trials of the six diplomats as they wait — not knowing if or when help will arrive and their fear for their Canadian hosts if they were discovered.
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The true, declassified account of CIA operative Tony Mendez's daring rescue of American hostages from Iran that inspired the critically-acclaimed film directed by and starring Ben Affleck, and co-starring John Goodman, Alan Arkin, and Bryan Cranston.

On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal and a quake in global politics still reverberating today. But there is a little-known drama connected to the crisis: six Americans escaped. And a top-level CIA officer named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them before they were detected.

Disguising himself as a Hollywood producer, and supported by a cast of expert forgers, deep cover CIA operatives, foreign agents, and Hollywood special effects artists, Mendez traveled to Tehran under the guise of scouting locations for a fake science fiction film called Argo. While pretending to find the perfect film backdrops, Mendez and a colleague succeeded in contacting the escapees, and smuggling them out of Iran.
Antonio Mendez finally details the extraordinarily complex and dangerous operation he led more than three decades ago. A riveting story of secret identities and international intrigue, Argo is the gripping account of the history-making collusion between Hollywood and high-stakes espionage. 

 

About Antonio Mendez

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Antonio Mendez served in the CIA for twenty-five years and is a highly decorated CIA officer, one of the top 50 officers in its first 50 years and a recipient of the Intelligence Star for Valor for the ARGO operation. The author of The Master of Disguise and Spy Dust, Mendez lives with his family in rural Washington County, Maryland.Matt Baglio has worked for a variety of news organizations and magazines. Author ofthe bestselling The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, he divides his time between California and Italy.
 
Published September 13, 2012 by Penguin Books. 320 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Jul 30 2012

While the eventual ending is no surprise, the journey is always enjoyable. A solid choice for fans of thrillers and international intrigue.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jul 16 2012

Details of this dangerous operation inject strong suspense and excitement into the closing chapters.

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Deseret News

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Reviewed by Connie Lewis on Oct 13 2012

This book is an exciting read. While showing intense planning on the part of the CIA it also shows the trials of the six diplomats as they wait — not knowing if or when help will arrive and their fear for their Canadian hosts if they were discovered.

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North Jersey

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Reviewed by Jessica Gresko on Sep 22 2012

Readers who want the un-Hollywood version will find that Mendez is a gifted storyteller. His latest book is a page-turner despite the fact that readers know from the beginning how the story will end.

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