By Antonio Mendez, Matt Baglio
The genuine account of the 1979 rescue of six American hostages from Iran
On November four, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the yankee embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of yankee hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal and a quake in worldwide politics nonetheless reverberating this day. yet there's a little-known drama hooked up to the predicament: six american citizens escaped. And a top-level CIA officer named Antonio Mendez devised an creative but particularly dicy plan to rescue them sooner than they have been detected.
Disguising himself as a Hollywood manufacturer, and supported via a solid of specialist forgers, deep hide CIA operatives, overseas brokers, and Hollywood lighting tricks artists, Mendez traveled to Tehran less than the guise of scouting destinations for a pretend technology fiction movie referred to as Argo. whereas pretending to discover the suitable movie backdrops, Mendez and a colleague succeeded in contacting the escapees, and smuggling them out of Iran.
Antonio Mendez ultimately information the terribly complicated and hazardous operation he led greater than 3 a long time in the past. A riveting tale of mystery identities and overseas intrigue, Argo is the gripping account of the history-making collusion among Hollywood and high-stakes espionage.
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Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History by Antonio Mendez, Matt Baglio