Argo : How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History
by Matt Baglio , Antonio Mendez
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Argo by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio – the declassified CIA story behind the Oscar winner of the film WINNER OF THE BEST FOAM AWARD AT THE Oscar Ceremony, THE BAFTA AND THE GOLDEN GLOBES OF Teheran, November 1979Student activists stormed the American embassy and held sixty Americans in captivity for an exhausting 444 daysBut so far, the CIA has never revealed the twist of the hostage crisis in Iran: six Americans escapedThe escape from the plot was executed by Antonio Mendez, CIA chief of the extraction team and a master of disguiseMendez came up with an idea as bold and potentially stupid as he seemed destined for Hollywoodand she was.He invented a fake science fiction movie called’Argo’ (from the CIA’s real name to the mission, a reference to Jason and the Argonauts)After the announcement of the film industry’s production, Mendez, assembled a team of 1970’s real, Hollywood actors, directors and producers, with secret CIA agentsThey travel to revolutionary Iran under a foreign film visa, and while “scouting on sites across the country, they would hunt down the six Americans who were hiding outAfter giving them false identities as part of the film crew, they would have spirit back across the borderPart of “ocean’s 11” and another part “Black Hawk Down”, Mendez’s mind bogglingly complicated and risky bet refunded: each escapee was extracted without a shotgunMendez is considered one of the greatest CIA officers in historyThe story of this, his great mission, has never been toldNow, a famous film directed by and with Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin and John Goodman’ Antonio Mendez was quoted by Richard Clarke, one of the two or three best CIA agents in historyHis He received Intelligence, from the Star for his rescue of six Americans from revolutionary Iran, and received from the CIA Intelligence Medal of Meri
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