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Argo How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled off the Most Audacious Rescue in History

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ISBN-10: 0147509734

ISBN-13: 9780147509734

Edition: N/A

Authors: Antonio J. Mendez, Matt Baglio

List price: $17.00
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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 calledArgo. 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,Argois the gripping account of the history-making collusion between Hollywood and high-stakes espionage.  
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/6/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

MATT BAGLIO, a reporter living in Rome, has written for the Associated Press and the International Herald Tribune.