Argo - Antonio J. Mendez (Paperback)

How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History

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Barcode
9780147509734
Department
Books
Released
6 Feb 2013
Supply Source
USA

Book

Authors
Antonio J. Mendez
Matt Baglio
Subtitle
How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Penguin Group USA
Edition
Reprint
Language
English
Number of Pages
310
Dimensions
203 x 133 x 19mm (263g)

Annotation

  • A dramatic account of a lesser-known aspect of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis recalls how six of the intended American hostages escaped from Iranian militants and were rescued by the co-author and his unlikely team of CIA agents and Hollywood insiders during a high-risk mission in Tehran conducted in the guise of a movie scouting expedition.
  • An account of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis recalls how six of the intended American hostages escaped from Iranian militants and were rescued by the co-author and his unlikely team of CIA agents and Hollywood insiders during a high-risk mission in Tehran conducted in the guise of a movie scouting expedition.

Summary

The true account of a daring rescue that inspired the film ARGO, winner of the 2012 Academy Award for Best Picture

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. 

Non-Fiction

General Subject
History/American
BISAC Subject 1
History / United States / 20th Century
Library Subject 1
Iran Hostage Crisis, 1979-1981.
Library Subject 2
Diplomats; United States; History; 20th century.
Academic Subject 1
Intelligence Operations
Dewey Classification
955.05/42