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The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA | [Antonio J. Mendez]

The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA

From the author of Argo comes an unforgettable behind-the-scenes story of espionage in action. In the first ever memoir by a top-level operative to be authorized by the CIA, Antonio J. Mendez reveals the cunning tricks and insights that helped save hundreds from deadly situations.
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Publisher's Summary

From the author of Argo comes an unforgettable behind-the-scenes story of espionage in action. In the first ever memoir by a top-level operative to be authorized by the CIA, Antonio J. Mendez reveals the cunning tricks and insights that helped save hundreds from deadly situations.

Adept at creating new identities for anyone, anywhere, Mendez was involved in operations all over the world, from "Wild West" adventures in East Asia to Cold War intrigue in Moscow. In 1980, he orchestrated the escape of six Americans from a hostage situation in revolutionary Tehran, Iran. This extraordinary operation inspired the movie Argo, directed by and starring Ben Affleck.

The Master of Disguise gives us a privileged look at what really happens at the highest levels of international espionage: in the field, undercover, and behind closed doors.

©1999 Antonio J. Mendez (P)2014 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A rare and unique glimpse into the CIA's Office of Technical Services, and, in particular, into the secret work undertaken to supportclandestine operations. A thoroughly absorbing read for both the aficionado and the layman." (Nigel West)

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    Would you listen to The Master of Disguise again? Why?

    Yes, it was entertaining and candid look at the life of a true patriot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, Antonio Mendez of course. Although the agent that permenantly adopted on a British persona was fascinating as well.


    Have you listened to any of John Pruden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but he was crisp and his work was solid.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nah, but it was captivating.


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    Marc & Kerrin Kissel 10-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was very interesting. You feel like you are inside the spymasters thinking.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Only the main character is developed.


    What about John Pruden’s performance did you like?

    Well spoken; easy to understand; different characters were not overplayed, but could be distinguished.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really. Every story was interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm ready for another.....

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    "Fantastic Book!"

    I loved the book. Filled me in on a lot of questions I have always had about our spy network. Nice job reading it as well.

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    "Great for Soviet Era and Understanding the Basics"

    Liked it...
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    "Not as interesting as I thought it would be.."

    I decided to purchase this book after watching movie version of this book.
    Overall stories was slow and boring time to time.
    Not a lot of excitements.
    Looking back days during Cold War was educational.

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    I really enjoyed this book. It was fun to hear the story continue from where the movie left off. I was a bit surprised at the cussing in the book though as the tv shows didn't have that.

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    J. Yergin Atlanta, GA 03-04-15
    J. Yergin Atlanta, GA 03-04-15 Member Since 2015

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    What did you love best about The Master of Disguise?

    I didn't want it to end.


    What other book might you compare The Master of Disguise to and why?

    Argo, by Antonio Mendez because it takes the Iran Hostage story even further.


    What does John Pruden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Life!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Master of Disguise


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