Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History
Author: Antonio Mendez
Author: Matt Baglio
The true account of the 1979 rescue of six American hostages from Iran – Now a major Ben Affleck film.
On 4 November 1979, Iranian militants stormed the US embassy in Tehran and held dozens of Americans hostage. Beneath this crisis another shocking story was known by only a select few: six Americans escaped the embassy and hid within the city.
A top-level CIA officer named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet risky plan to rescue them. Disguising himself as a Hollywood producer, and supported by a cast of CIA operatives, foreign agents and special-effects artists, Mendez travelled to Tehran under the guise of scouting locations for a fake science-fiction film called Argo.
After three decades, Antonio Mendez finally details this extraordinarily complex and dangerous operation. A riveting story of secret identities and international intrigue, Argo is the pulse-pounding account of the history-making collusion between Hollywood and high-stakes espionage.
'James Bond's Q comes to life. This gripping, true story of a white-knuckle operation reads like a thriller. Full of authentic detail and characters, of bravery and drama, it's a must-read.' Stella Rimington, former General Director, MI5
'This true spy story has it all: guile audacity and bravery in a struggle with a fanatic and lethal enemy, a crucial role played by a loyal ally, and a marvellous conspiracy with Hollywood.' James Woolsey, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency