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Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History | [Antonio Mendez, Matt Baglio]

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

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 traveled to Tehran....
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Andrea SaalGermany 09-02-13
    Andrea SaalGermany 09-02-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Details bog down fascinating story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The actual escape process and the creativity leading up to it were fascinating.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The material was monotonous at times, so the reading came off a bit dull. It was not necessarily the narrator's fault.


    Did Argo inspire you to do anything?

    See the movie.


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    Marian APO AP, Japan 06-27-13
    Marian APO AP, Japan 06-27-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Guess you had to be there"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    What could Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was flat and annoying at the same time.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Argo?

    The author's early background was not necessary and at time I forgot what the main theme of the book was.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Photo and Music Guy Colorado USA 06-18-13
    Photo and Music Guy Colorado USA 06-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "One of my favorite audio books!"
    Would you listen to Argo again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tony Mendez who wrote the book and the main character is the only character that has lots of development.


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    He read it like he really was Tony Mendez.


    If you could give Argo a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The history of the Iran crisis, and how the CIA rescued the six without every using a gun.


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    Sharon Palatine, IL, United States 06-10-13
    Sharon Palatine, IL, United States 06-10-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Movie does not compare!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Argo to be better than the print version?

    The audio version was fantastic. The book was a thousand times better than the movie.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No..too long.


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    Richard lithia, FL, United States 05-07-13
    Richard lithia, FL, United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book"
    What did you love best about Argo?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Getting through the Airport


    If you could give Argo a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Unsung hero's of the CIA


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    Wendy Peoria, IL, United States 04-18-13
    Wendy Peoria, IL, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Detailed Story"
    Would you listen to Argo again? Why?

    Yes, because it is one of my favorite books and movies.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Amazing Detail!


    Which character – as performed by Dylan Baker – was your favorite?

    The protagonist, because he was likable and brave


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but I would have loved to!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    River North Montana 04-13-13
    River North Montana 04-13-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Had to speed up the narration to make it through"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio again?

    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."


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Argo?

    The book could have been at least half as long and still covered the interesting parts.


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    Drew Portland, TN, United States 04-10-13
    Drew Portland, TN, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good insight to a historic event."
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    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.

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    erik Amersfoort, Netherlands 04-08-13
    erik Amersfoort, Netherlands 04-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not so much"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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


    Would you be willing to try another book from Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio ? Why or why not?

    No


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Argo?

    That whole hollywood bs


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    martin Roseville, CA, United States 03-26-13
    martin Roseville, CA, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Amazing story with a hollywood movie"
    If you could sum up Argo in three words, what would they be?

    History repeats itself.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Argo?

    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.


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

    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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