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Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History
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Antonio Mendez Matt Baglio
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Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History

Antonio Mendez Matt Baglio


Viking Books

History of the Americas


310 pages

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The true account of the 1979 rescue of six American hostages from Iran 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's a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escaped. And a midlevel agent named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them. Armed with foreign film visas, Mendez and an unlikely team of CIA agents and Hollywood insiders--directors, producers, and actors--traveled to Tehran under the guise of scouting locations for a fake film called Argo. While pretending to find the perfect scenery and backdrops, the team succeeded in contacting the escapees and smuggling them out of Iran without a single shot being fired. Antonio Mendez finally details the mind-bogglingly complex and dangerous operation he led more than three decades ago. A true story of secret identities and international intrigue, Argo is the gripping account of this history-making collusion between Hollywood and high-stakes espionage.

By:   Antonio Mendez, Matt Baglio
Imprint:   Viking Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 231mm,  Width: 147mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   522g
ISBN:   9780670026227
ISBN 10:   0670026220
Pages:   310
Publication Date:   September 2012
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

This is an amazing and dramatic story of intrigue and deception set against the backdrop ofinternational tension. <br> -- Booklist <br> Fresh and engaging...A solid choice for fans of thrillers and international intrigue. <br> -- Kirkus <br> [A] fast-paced account of a 1979 rescue operation during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-1981...Details of this dangerous operation inject strong suspense and excitement into the closing chapters. <br> -- Publishers Weekly<br> One of the most daring and courageous clandestine operations during my career involved efforts to rescue Americans taken hostage in Tehran after our embassy was seized on November 4, 1979. Six Americans managed to escape the U.S. compound and flee to the Canadian embassy, where they were hidden. A very brave CIA officer, Tony Mendez, using commercial cover, entered Iran with false identities for the six and, using techniques that ought to remain secret so they can be used again, managed to get them out of Iran. <br> --Robert M. Gates, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and former U.S. Secretary of Defense, in his book From the Shadows<br> This is a fascinating story about how Tony Mendez and the CIA used a bit of technical expertise and a lot of daring and courage to rescue American hostages in Iran. Tony is emblematic of the extraordinary men and women of CIA. Most of their stories cannot be told--but fortunately, in ARGO, Tony has been able to lift the veil of secrecy--just a bit. --George J. Tenet, former director of Central Intelligence Agency <br> James Bond's Q comes to life. This gripping, true story of a white-knuckle operation by a little known part of the CIA reads like a thriller. Full of authentic detail and characters, of bravery and drama, it's a must-read for all spy enthusiasts and CIA watchers. --Dame Stella Rimington, former general director, MI5, British Intelligence <br> The CIA and Hollywood in cahoots, a painter turned spy, an impossible rescue mission

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