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
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.
The story of how the hostage crises occurred and how the Canadians and CIA came to the rescue. Exciting to see such innovative problem solving when lives are at stake.
No comment. I didn't read the printed version
Antonio Mendez because he is a true patriot and exceedingly intelligent.
Background information of world events and emotion in delivery.
No, I didn't have extreme reaction to this book, but it refreshed my memory on Carter's administration and how bad a President he was. Furthermore, it brought back so many memories of how hostile the Middle East has been toward America for so many, many years.
Argo was the first audio book that I ever purchased. I couldn't read for a couple of weeks due to eye surgery, therefore, I thoroughly enjoyed the audio-book version.
This was an interesting read, but a rare case where the movie is much better than the book. There was some interesting background but not enough focus on the core of the story.
I saw the movie and wanted to know the REAL story. Dylan Baker is a wonderful narrator and makes listening a joy. This is a great story and should be experienced. The movie was a good thriller, but this book gives an account of how it is remembered by a main character. Highly recommended.
It was a compelling story that I was very very curious to check out after seeing the movie. I quite enjoyed the movie but as a Canadian felt that the Canadian aspect wasn't given enough credit. I left with a new respect for the actual story which I assume to be the true account. I left with a less jaded view than just watching the movie and more realistic view of the Canadian part in the whole story.With all that said as a stand alone going in cold it'd still be a great listen. I'll qualify that by saying as a younger man I plowed through a lot of spy novels (fiction). This stuff intrigues me and learning a true account was pretty cool for me.
I really got into recounting the era when it happened. I remember the whole hostage affair but didn't really follow the nuts and bolts of what was going on. I'm a bit of a history buff so this referesher with a lot of insight into what happened and why was very interesting to me.
I really grew to respect Tony Mendez, as this is really his story. I'd love to hear a few more capers like this if he got involved and the info was declassified. Whether read or listened to it's a great story
The Greatest "real life" Escape
great narration and compelling story.
Learning the different parts of the operation, comparing it to the movie.
Baker over enunciates words, especially plurals, to a point that is distracting. Another narrator would have been much better.
It was an easy listen, and somewhat entertaining, so it was still worth the time.
While the movie was an edge of your seat movie, I left the movie wanting to know more details and background, so I got the book. It is well written and narrated, and certainly does give you the background, without going into unnecessary and boring details. Highly recommend it.
Yes. Interesting story, and a lot of backstory that was not in the film.
The details of how the plan came to together.
His voice is consistently whiny. I've heard the same in another book he read. It really gets annoying. Also, his tendency to over-enunciate the last "s" in houseguests. It's like a college drinking game where you want to down a shot every time he says, "HouseguestS."
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