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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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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 03-19-13
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2002
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    "terrific glimpse into the rescue"

    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.

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    carolyn United States 03-11-13
    carolyn United States 03-11-13
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    "Fabulous book. I enjoyed every minute of it."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Argo to be better than the print version?

    No comment. I didn't read the printed version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Antonio Mendez because he is a true patriot and exceedingly intelligent.


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

    Background information of world events and emotion in delivery.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Burnsville, MN, United States 03-10-13
    Barry Burnsville, MN, United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Liked the movie better."

    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.

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    M. S. Cohen New York, NY USA 03-06-13
    M. S. Cohen New York, NY USA 03-06-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Better than the movie that came from it"
    Would you listen to Argo again? Why?

    Probably not. It was a little long


    What did you like best about this story?

    Finding out the hidden workings of the CIA.


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    His energy.


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

    I was happy at the end that the hostages got out.


    Any additional comments?

    I read the book first. Then saw the movie. I was very angry at the changes Affleck made in the story. The true story was suspenseful. Affleck didn't need to screw around with the actual events.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rita S. Bush Zephyrhills, FL 02-19-13
    Rita S. Bush Zephyrhills, FL 02-19-13
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    "The real story behind the movie!"

    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.

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    Michael Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada 02-01-13
    Michael Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada 02-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved the book and narration"
    What did you love best about Argo?

    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.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    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.


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

    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


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

    The Greatest "real life" Escape


    Any additional comments?

    great narration and compelling story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Walter Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-25-13
    Walter Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-25-13
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    "A fast listen, but Baker adds nothing"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning the different parts of the operation, comparing it to the movie.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Baker over enunciates words, especially plurals, to a point that is distracting. Another narrator would have been much better.


    Was Argo worth the listening time?

    It was an easy listen, and somewhat entertaining, so it was still worth the time.


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    Just mississauga, Ontario, Canada 01-24-13
    Just mississauga, Ontario, Canada 01-24-13
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    "Very Informative"

    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.

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    Savage Doc Dallas, TX 11-15-12
    Savage Doc Dallas, TX 11-15-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Pretty good book. Not a great reading."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Interesting story, and a lot of backstory that was not in the film.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The details of how the plan came to together.


    What aspect of Dylan Baker’s performance would you have changed?

    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."


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

    No


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason W. Miller Jamestown, North Dakota 12-14-12
    Jason W. Miller Jamestown, North Dakota 12-14-12

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The author of this book is exceedingly arrogant and self promoting which is annoying...made only more irritating by the narrator's voice and poor execution of accents. See the movie.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I had to stop listening.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dylan Baker?

    Yes.


    Could you see Argo being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. Ben Afleck...duh....


    Any additional comments?

    See the movie. Avoid the book. Especially avoid the audio book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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