How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in HistoryBook - 2012
This is a true story of secret identities and international intrigue; it is the gripping account of the history making collusion between Hollywood and high-stakes espionage. It relates 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. But there is a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escaped. 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, and actors, traveled to Tehran under the guise of scouting locations for a fake film called Argo. While pretending to find the ideal backdrops, the team succeeded in contacting the escapees and smuggling them out of Iran without a single shot being fired. Here the author finally details the extraordinarily complex and dangerous operation he led more than three decades ago.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2012
Branch Call Number: 955.0542 M5383a 2012
Characteristics: viii, 310 pages ; 25 cm
From Library Staff
The book that inspired the film, this is the true story of how a team of CIA agents and Hollywood insiders used the guise of filmmaking to rescue six Americans hiding in Iran after escaping the November 4, 1979 takeover of the American embassy.