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

By Matt Baglio

The precise, declassified account of CIA operative Tony Mendez's bold rescue of yankee hostages from Iran that encouraged the critically-acclaimed movie directed by means of and starring Ben Affleck, and co-starring John Goodman, Alan Arkin, and Bryan Cranston.

On November four, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the yank embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of yankee hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal and a quake in worldwide politics nonetheless reverberating at the present time. yet there's a little-known drama attached to the problem: six americans escaped. And a top-level CIA officer named Antonio Mendez devised an inventive but exceptionally dicy plan to rescue them ahead of they have been detected.

Disguising himself as a Hollywood manufacturer, and supported via a forged of professional forgers, deep hide CIA operatives, international brokers, and Hollywood lighting tricks artists, Mendez traveled to Tehran lower than the guise of scouting destinations for a pretend technological know-how fiction movie known as Argo. whereas pretending to discover the fitting movie backdrops, Mendez and a colleague succeeded in contacting the escapees, and smuggling them out of Iran.
Antonio Mendez ultimately information the terribly complicated and hazardous operation he led greater than 3 many years in the past. A riveting tale of mystery identities and foreign intrigue, Argo is the gripping account of the history-making collusion among Hollywood and high-stakes espionage. 

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