The Master Of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA

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The Master Of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA

by Antonio J. Mendez

HarperCollins | November 7, 2000 | Trade Paperback

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From the author of Argo comes an unforgettable behind-the-scenes story of espionage in action. In the first ever memoir by a top-level operative to be authorized by the CIA, Antonio J. Mendez reveals the cunning tricks and insights that helped save hundreds from deadly situations.

Adept at creating new identities for anyone, anywhere, Mendez was involved in operations all over the world, from “Wild West” adventures in East Asia to Cold War intrigue in Moscow. In 1980, he orchestrated the escape of six Americans from a hostage situation in revolutionary Tehran, Iran. This extraordinary operation inspired the movie Argo, directed by and starring Ben Affleck.

The Master of Disguise gives us a privileged look at what really happens at the highest levels of international espionage: in the field, undercover, and behind closed doors.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 376 pages, 8.94 × 5.81 × 0.94 in

Published: November 7, 2000

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060957913

ISBN - 13: 9780060957919

Found in: Espionage, Espionage

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The Master Of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA

The Master Of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA

by Antonio J. Mendez

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 376 pages, 8.94 × 5.81 × 0.94 in

Published: November 7, 2000

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060957913

ISBN - 13: 9780060957919

From the Publisher

From the author of Argo comes an unforgettable behind-the-scenes story of espionage in action. In the first ever memoir by a top-level operative to be authorized by the CIA, Antonio J. Mendez reveals the cunning tricks and insights that helped save hundreds from deadly situations.

Adept at creating new identities for anyone, anywhere, Mendez was involved in operations all over the world, from “Wild West” adventures in East Asia to Cold War intrigue in Moscow. In 1980, he orchestrated the escape of six Americans from a hostage situation in revolutionary Tehran, Iran. This extraordinary operation inspired the movie Argo, directed by and starring Ben Affleck.

The Master of Disguise gives us a privileged look at what really happens at the highest levels of international espionage: in the field, undercover, and behind closed doors.

About the Author

For the first time, the CIA has authorized a top-level operative to tell all in an unforgettable behind-the-scenes look at espionage in action.  an undisputed genius who could create an entirely new identity for anybody, anywhere, anytime, Antonio J. Mendez combined the cunning tricks of a magician with the analytical insight of a psychologist to help hundreds of people escape potentially fatal situations. From "Wild West" adventures in East Asia to Cold War intrigue in Moscow and helping six Americans escape revolutionary Tehran in 1980, Mendez was on the scene.  Here he gives us a privileged look at what really happens in the field and behind closed doors at the highest levels of international espionage, some of it shocking, frightening, and wildly inventive--all of it unforgettable.

Editorial Reviews

"A rare and unique glimpse into the CIA's Office of Technical Services, and, in particular, into the secret work undertaken to supportclandestine operations. A thoroughly absorbing read for both the aficionado and the layman." (Nigel West)