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
"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)
Yes, it was entertaining and candid look at the life of a true patriot.
Well, Antonio Mendez of course. Although the agent that permenantly adopted on a British persona was fascinating as well.
No, but he was crisp and his work was solid.
Nah, but it was captivating.
I am what you might call a literary philanderer...
With a budding variety of espionage history and CIA dirty laundry being aired, this particular memoir presented a refreshing and unique viewpoint. I'm glad I stumbled upon the opportunity to read this and I feel it delivers every bit of the four stars I have awarded the experience. Tony presents his history in a fun, well organized, an interesting way. He helps you widen your view of the complex nature of professional espionage without an overbearing focus on the deep, dark horrors of the game many people play. Despite the mostly technical, rather than the mainly covert experiences Tony had, he does not hesitate to clue his readers in when it comes to explaining his quite personal operational activity.
Finally, often times in books surrounding this topic, you wonder how much of what is delivered is falsified intentionally. I felt Tony opted to graciously decline the details which remain classified or would bring harm upon the profession or the professionals within the field, rather than fabricating a lie in its place. For that, I extend my gratitude as well as my already flowing respect for this author.
Yes. It was very interesting. You feel like you are inside the spymasters thinking.
Only the main character is developed.
Well spoken; easy to understand; different characters were not overplayed, but could be distinguished.
Not really. Every story was interesting.
I'm ready for another.....
Enjoyed the story and history of the book as well as its presentation. A book for all of those that want to better understand why the Intel community does what it does.
it was a fun story to listen to, a real insight into the cold war spy activities and the story about Argo. But I feel that it kind of missed the mark on portraying the dangers involved. Either I assume that punishments and interrogations of caught spies are worse than they are, or he left them out to seem less grim. Either way it is nice to see a realistic insight.
View inside the CIA of Cold War events. Excellent historical narrative including the events portrayed in the movie Argo.
This was a fascinating story, concerning decades I have experienced! I've wondered how the agents created the incredible opportunities needed in a world of espionage!! Love the idea of magical disguises and quick changes. Wonderful. I'll play it again for my husband to hear!!
Fantastic book by ex-cia man Antonio J. Mendez. Interesting and amazing to hear about the amount of research and work that went into pulling off infiltrations and exfiltrations. If you enjoy history and/or spy material, give it a go.
I don't know. My schedule doesn't allow for that.
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