Author(s): Matt Baglio; Antonio Mendez
The true account of the 1979 rescue of six American hostages from Iran - Now a major Ben Affleck film. On 4 November 1979, Iranian militants stormed the US embassy in Tehran and held dozens of Americans hostage. Beneath this crisis another shocking story was known by only a select few- six Americans escaped the embassy and hid within the city. A top-level CIA officer named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet risky plan to rescue them. Disguising himself as a Hollywood producer, and supported by a cast of CIA operatives, foreign agents and special-effects artists, Mendez travelled to Tehran under the guise of scouting locations for a fake science-fiction film called Argo. After three decades, Antonio Mendez finally details this extraordinarily complex and dangerous operation. A riveting story of secret identities and international intrigue, Argois the pulse-pounding account of the history-making collusion between Hollywood and high-stakes espionage. 'James Bond's Q comes to life. This gripping, true story of a white-knuckle operation reads like a thriller. Full of authentic detail and characters, of bravery and drama, it's a must-read.' Stella Rimington, former General Director, MI5'This true spy story has it all- guile audacity and bravery in a struggle with a fanatic and lethal enemy, a crucial role played by a loyal ally, and a marvellous conspiracy with Hollywood.' James Woolsey, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agencywww.argothebook.com www.themasterofdisguise.com
Forthcoming, 1st of October 2012
James Bond's Q comes to life. This gripping, true story of a white-knuckle operation reads like a thriller. Full of authentic detail and characters, of bravery and drama, it's a must-read - Dame Stella Rimington, Former Director General, Mi5
Antonio Mendez was cited by Richard Clarke as one of the top two or three CIA agents in history. He received the Intelligence Star for his rescue of six Americans from revolutionary Iran, and has received the CIA's Intelligence Medal of Merit and the Trailblazer Medallion. He continues to consult for the CIA. He and his wife, also a famed agent, were technical consultants on the television series 'The Agency' and founding board members of the International Spy Museum in Washington.
Matt Baglio is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist. His writing appears regularly in the Daily Mail and the Associated Press.