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ARGO: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History

Mendez, Antonio J. & Matt Baglio. (2012). ARGO: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History. Viking Press.


In a nutshell the premise of the book recalls how six of the intended American hostages in the 1979 Iran hostage crisis escaped from Iranian militants and were rescued by the co-author and his unlikely team of CIA agents and Hollywood insiders during a high-risk mission in Tehran conducted in the guise of a movie scouting expedition.

I read this book not only because the subject matter was inciting, but also to learn how a young Latino in the late 1960s entered the CIA, worked his way up several promotions, and with the help of fellow agent Julio (no last name given) concocted a far fetched but believable scheme to exfiltrate the American embassy employees. The book provides background and family history of Tony Mendez. It also shows how the CIA worked in disguising people to either pull them out of dangerous situations, or place them in volatile countries for reasons of covert diplomacy. Definitely read this if you have or haven't seen the movie.

Review by: Anna Uremovich, NHCC Archivist

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