Argo : how the CIA and Hollywood pulled off the most audacious rescue in history /Material type: BookPublisher: New York : Viking, 2012Description: viii, 310 p. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780670026227 :; 0670026220.Title notes: $26.95 10-2012 (db)Subject(s): Iran Hostage Crisis, 1979-1981 | United States. Central Intelligence Agency | Canada -- Foreign relations -- Iran | Iran -- Foreign relations -- Canada | Mendez, Antonio J | Diplomats -- United States -- History -- 20th century
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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 Cranston.
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.
$26.95 10-2012 (db)
Includes bibliographical references.
Welcome to the revolution -- Picking up the pieces -- Diplomacy -- Nowhere to run -- Canada to the rescue -- Lessons from the past -- Assembling the team -- Cover story -- Hollywood -- Studio Six -- A cosmic conflagration -- Getting ready to launch -- On location in Iran -- Final preparations -- The escape -- Aftermath.
This is a true story of secret identities and international intrigue; it is the gripping account of the history making collusion between Hollywood and high-stakes espionage. It relates the true account of the 1979 rescue of six American hostages from Iran. On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal. But there is a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escaped. A midlevel agent named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them. Armed with foreign film visas, Mendez and an unlikely team of CIA agents and Hollywood insiders, directors, producers, and actors, traveled to Tehran under the guise of scouting locations for a fake film called Argo. While pretending to find the ideal backdrops, the team succeeded in contacting the escapees and smuggling them out of Iran without a single shot being fired. Here the author finally details the extraordinarily complex and dangerous operation he led more than three decades ago.
Table of contents provided by Syndetics
- Introduction (p. 1)
- 1 Welcome to the Revolution (p. 7)
- 2 Picking Up the Pieces (p. 27)
- 3 Diplomacy (p. 45)
- 4 Nowhere to Run (p. 61)
- 5 Canada to the Rescue (p. 87)
- 6 Lessons from the Past (p. 107)
- 7 Assembling the Team (p. 131)
- 8 Cover Story (p. 143)
- 9 Hollywood (p. 159)
- 10 Studio Six (p. 183)
- 11 A Cosmic Conflagration (p. 199)
- 12 Getting Ready to Launch (p. 213)
- 13 On Location in Iran (p. 231)
- 14 Final Preparations (p. 249)
- 15 The Escape (p. 265)
- 16 Aftermath (p. 279)
- Acknowledgments (p. 299)
- Notes (p. 303)
- Bibliography (p. 309)