How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History
Antonio Mendez & Matt Baglio
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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Good read of a part of American History
Some stories in the beginning of the book were all over the place and it got me lost but it was much better towards the middle of the book. Hail to the men and women involved in this dramatic and awesome rescue. Each life is valuable and to save six is a blessing. Antonio and current CIA officers we lift our hats to you. There is so much you do which can not be made public but we appreciate you!
Thank you CIA!
Another example why "normal" people shouldn't write a book
The story itself is fascinating, but the execution was just terrible. There is a reason ghostwriters exist!!!!!!!
The story is all over the place - it is neither a biography of tony Mendez (which probably would be a great read...) nor is it a story just about Argo. It jumps from one to the other, and then I have to assume that there is A LOT of info that mr Mendez can't talk about since it is still classified. At least - I hope there is, since otherwise all he did during his time at the CIA was play makeup artist or forge passports. And if that is the case, I want a tax refund - from his description, the CIA isn't anything more than a boy scout organization concerned with dressing up defectors in foreign countries and putting them on airplanes right under the eyes of hostile governments.
This is probably one of the few examples where the movie is going to be better than the book.
I could not put this down. It is an amazing read. A gripping page turner. I think my heart stopped a few times from all of the nail-biting excitement. I would highly recommend this book.