By Matt Baglio
The precise, declassified account of CIA operative Tony Mendez's bold rescue of yankee hostages from Iran that encouraged the critically-acclaimed movie directed by means of and starring Ben Affleck, and co-starring John Goodman, Alan Arkin, and Bryan Cranston.
On November four, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the yank embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of yank hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal and a quake in international politics nonetheless reverberating this day. yet there's a little-known drama attached to the concern: six american citizens escaped. And a top-level CIA officer named Antonio Mendez devised an inventive but awfully dicy plan to rescue them prior to they have been detected.
Disguising himself as a Hollywood manufacturer, and supported by way of a forged of specialist forgers, deep hide CIA operatives, overseas brokers, and Hollywood lighting tricks artists, Mendez traveled to Tehran lower than the guise of scouting destinations for a pretend technology fiction movie known as Argo. whereas pretending to discover the ideal movie backdrops, Mendez and a colleague succeeded in contacting the escapees, and smuggling them out of Iran.
Antonio Mendez ultimately info the terribly advanced and hazardous operation he led greater than 3 many years in the past. A riveting tale of mystery identities and foreign intrigue, Argo is the gripping account of the history-making collusion among Hollywood and high-stakes espionage.
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