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

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

Format:  Hardcover,

310 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Sep 2012

ISBN-13: 9780670026227

ISBN-10: 0670026220

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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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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Sep 2012
ISBN-13: 9780670026227
ISBN-10: 0670026220
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 310
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.15
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.25 x 1.0

Chapter outline

Introductionp. 1
Welcome to the Revolutionp. 7
Picking Up the Piecesp. 27
Diplomacyp. 45
Nowhere to Runp. 61
Canada to the Rescuep. 87
Lessons from the Pastp. 107
Assembling the Teamp. 131
Cover Storyp. 143
Hollywoodp. 159
Studio Sixp. 183
ACosmic Conflagrationp. 199
Getting Ready to Launchp. 213
On Location in Iranp. 231
Final Preparationsp. 249
The Escapep. 265
Aftermathp. 279
Acknowledgmentsp. 299
Notesp. 303
Bibliographyp. 309

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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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