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Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in… (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Antonio Mendez (Author)

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Title:Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History
Authors:Antonio Mendez (Author)
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Mendez is a great writer. "Argo" is funny, diverting and interesting, written with humor, great attention to detail and a clear explanation and overview of historical events leading up to the events in Iran. It's not a book of the movie but the real story of what happened. The movie "Argo" is a wonderful film, this book is also great but different both in organization and actual events depicted in the film. I enjoyed Mendez's writing and look forward to reading more about his work with disguises in the CIA in his other books. ( )
  kc.teadrinker | Nov 8, 2016 |
I saw the movie last year and the book fills in more background information. Very interesting story. I listened to the audiobook and the reader did a good job. ( )
  MHanover10 | Jul 11, 2016 |
Loved the movie, made it through the book. ( )
  imahorcrux | Jun 22, 2016 |
Fun and interesting.

In 1979 the U.S. embassy is stormed in Iran and everyone captured by radicalized students under the sanction of the spiritual leader of their revolution. But this book is about the handful of American embassy workers who happened to get overlooked by the Iranians and were not captured, but hiding out and hoping help would come to rescue them. The book's author was that help, as head of the CIA's disguise and exfiltration team at the time. The author also tells stories of several other exfiltrations leading up to this big one.

A few things surprised me about spys in the real world. It takes a lot of planning and negotiating and expertise to do relatively simple things, like create a cover story and fake documents. And a good plan should be thought through, straight forward, and as low risk as possible. It doesn't need to be a fast-paced, daring escape in order to be exciting. This is like a spy movie, but also like the opposite of a spy movie.

Also, a good cover story may be more needed to provide confidence for the escape party than in actually deceiving anyone. You need to stay cool to avoid detection. ( )
  richjj | Jan 27, 2016 |
This is the story of the rescue of the 6 American's who survived the Iranian takeover of the US Embassy, only to have to be hidden in the homes of Canadian officials. The author; Tony Mendez, was a graphic artist and head of the Technical Service Division at the CIA. His department was in charge of creating disguises and fake IDs and documents.

It was due to his work with people in Hollywood, that he came up with the idea, when tasked with affecting the American's rescue, to use a location scouting party of a movie production company as cover for the escape.

The story was the basis for Ben Affleck's movie, but I think the real story was more interesting. Less heightened stress that is in just about every action film every made and more of the real spycraft that came into play to get the job done. The movie also downplays the role that the Canadians played. If it weren't for the them, the whole plan could have never worked. A very interesting read, worth your time. Truth is better and stranger than fiction.

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  mahsdad | Mar 27, 2015 |
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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. 

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This book relates 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 is 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. In this book the author finally details the mind-bogglingly complex and dangerous operation he led more than three decades ago. This is a true story of secret identities and international intrigue; it is the gripping account of the history making collusion between Hollywood and high-stakes espionage.… (more)

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