Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History
Title: Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History
Author: Antonio Mendez, Matt Baglio
Relates the true account of the 1979 rescue of six American hostages from Iran. Armed with foreign film visas, Antonio Mendez and a 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 perfect scenery and backdrops, the team succeeded in contacting the escapees and smuggling them out of Iran without a single shot being fired.
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 is a little-known drama connected to the crisis: six Americans escaped. And a top-level CIA officer named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them before they were detected.
Disguising himself as a Hollywood producer, and supported by a cast of expert forgers, deep cover CIA operatives, foreign agents, and Hollywood special effects artists, Mendez traveled to Tehran under the guise of scouting locations for a fake science fiction film called Argo. While pretending to find the perfect film backdrops, Mendez and a colleague succeeded in contacting the escapees, and smuggling them out of Iran.