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

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Hardcover, Viking Books, 2012, ISBN13 9780670026227, ISBN10 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) Incorporated
Publish Date: Sep 13, 2012
ISBN-13: 9780670026227
ISBN-10: 0670026220
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 352
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.15
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.1
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