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

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Paperback, Penguin Group USA, 2013, ISBN13 9780147509734, ISBN10 0147509734

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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.

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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.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Feb 2013
ISBN-13: 9780147509734
ISBN-10: 0147509734
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 310
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.58
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.0 x 0.75
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