Author: Antonio J. Mendez
Mendez, Antonio J.(2012) and Matt Baglio. Argo: How The CIA And Hollywood Pulled Off The Most Audacious Rescue in History. New York: Viking
- Mendez, Antonio J.
- United States. Central Intelligence Agency.
- Iran Hostage Crisis, 1979-1981.
- Diplomats–United States–History–20th century.
- Canada–Foreign relations–Iran.
- Iran–Foreign relations–Canada.
Date Updated: March 20, 2015
This book is tied to the October release of the political thriller film Argo (starring Ben Affleck as Mendez).
This is a fast-paced account of a 1979 rescue operation during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979–1981. Iranian militants entered the American Embassy in Tehran and held dozens of Americans hostage for 444 days. Six diplomats managed to escape and fled to the Canadian ambassador’s home, avoiding discovery and possible execution by militants for two months. After a recap of the hostage situation at the American embassy, the narrative follows the six step-by-step as they moved through several hideout locations. CIA operative Mendez (Spy Dust), in charge of creating and maintaining myriad false identities and disguises for the CIA, relates, with the aid of journalist Baglio (The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcism), how he concocted a clever but risky plan to get the six Americans safely out of the country. Posing as a film producer, he set out to disguise the six as a Hollywood production crew scouting locations for a fake science fiction movie titled Argo: “It’s like Buck Rogers in the desert.”
Details of the dangerous operation inject strong suspense and excitement into the closing chapters.