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 and a quake in global politics still reverberating today. But there's a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escaped. And 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, actors - traveled to Tehran under the guise of scouting locations for a fake film called Argo. While pretending to find the perfect scenery and backdrops, the team succeeded in contacting the escapees and smuggling them out of Iran without a single shot being fired.
Antonio Mendez finally details the mind-bogglingly complex and dangerous operation he led more than three decades ago. A true story of secret identities and international intrigue, Argo is the gripping account of the history-making collusion between Hollywood and high-stakes espionage.
©2012 Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks
I would have enjoyed an abridged version more than this one. Although the story itself is fascinating, I found the abundance of detail distracting and boring at times.
The actual escape process and the creativity leading up to it were fascinating.
The material was monotonous at times, so the reading came off a bit dull. It was not necessarily the narrator's fault.
See the movie.
Think anybody would enjoy it but it seems more of a book about tradecraft and the author's background and less about the hostages who were rescued.
I don't think they could do anything since their book was more about their prep and cant invent tension with the escape. The movie probably can take liberties and may have.
He was flat and annoying at the same time.
The author's early background was not necessary and at time I forgot what the main theme of the book was.
A lot of build up to the departure which seemed uneventful. . Obviously it was a great coup but there was a sense of the book being more about the author and his CIA experience. I expected to be more excited reading the book but felt unsatisfied afterwards. I have not seen the movie but am sure the tension was ramped up in the Hollywood way ....ironically the cover story was Hollywood so maybe the story needed to be told via movie rather than a book. Finally the narrator was dull flat and annoying at the same time.
I don't know if I would listen again as once you know what happens it may not be a "repeat" kind of book. However, what made it interesting was not just the story of the rescue but the detailed history of the Iran/US conflict, and the details of the forgers in the CIA.
Tony Mendez who wrote the book and the main character is the only character that has lots of development.
He read it like he really was Tony Mendez.
The history of the Iran crisis, and how the CIA rescued the six without every using a gun.
The audio version was fantastic. The book was a thousand times better than the movie.
If you remember the Iran crises this is a very telling story of what happen to some of the people in Iran at the time. No question this book is so superior to the movie which leaves out much and puts in too much.
It's a must listen.
Getting through the Airport
Unsung hero's of the CIA
Yes, because it is one of my favorite books and movies.
The Amazing Detail!
The protagonist, because he was likable and brave
No, but I would have loved to!
Probably not. Too much "I." Even though Mr. Mendez worked for the CIA, much of his job was seemingly not that exciting. Sort of reminded me or having to listen to some bore at a party talking incessantly, essentially saying "Let me repeatedly tell you how awesomely wonderful I am."
The book could have been at least half as long and still covered the interesting parts.
Good book but not great. I wanted to listen to the full book before watching the movie. It didn't leave me excited but I'm glad to learn the untold side of the behind the seen aspects of the CIA. It defiantly gave me a new appreciation for the Canadian government.
The story as such is good ofcourse but the book is a long sit, without any pace or real suspense, going nowhere. I found myself listeing to some Hollywood chitchat for 30 minutes at a time. Very little historic perspective too. I do not recommend this book to anyone,sorry
That whole hollywood bs
History repeats itself.
The invasion of the embassy by the militants using their own children, teens and wives as human shields and distractions to gain the element of surprise against the American guards was horrifying since the reader knew how the ploy ended.
At the end of the book after the houseguests had escaped and the involvement of the Canadians in their rescue was revealed to the world. The American response was powerful. It's a shame the movie glosses over those details.
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