From the Publisher
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
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.
About the Author
Antonio Mendez served in the CIA for twenty-five years and is
a highly decorated CIA officer, one of the top 50 officers in its
first 50 years and a recipient of the Intelligence Star for Valor
for the ARGO operation. The author of The Master of
Disguise and Spy Dust, Mendez lives with his
family in rural Washington County, Maryland.
Matt Baglio has worked for a variety of news organizations and
magazines. Author ofthe bestselling The Rite: The Making
of a Modern Exorcist, he divides his time between California
About the Book
The true account of the 1979 rescue of six American hostages from Iran. A true story of secret identities and international intrigue, this is the gripping account of the history-making collusion between Hollywood and high-stakes espionage.
Published: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Viking Adult
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0670026220
ISBN - 13: 9780670026227