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

By  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, Argo is 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 Agency

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October 2, 2012

Penguin Press (UK Adult)

RRP $22.99

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