By Matt Baglio
The precise account of a bold rescue that encouraged the movie ARGO, winner of the 2012 Academy Award for top Picture
On November four, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the yank embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of yankee hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal and a quake in international politics nonetheless reverberating at the present time. yet there's a little-known drama attached to the quandary: six american citizens escaped. And a top-level CIA officer named Antonio Mendez devised an inventive but tremendously dicy plan to rescue them prior to they have been detected.
Disguising himself as a Hollywood manufacturer, and supported through a solid of professional forgers, deep conceal CIA operatives, international brokers, and Hollywood lighting tricks artists, Mendez traveled to Tehran lower than the guise of scouting destinations for a pretend technology fiction movie referred to as Argo. whereas pretending to discover the precise movie backdrops, Mendez and a colleague succeeded in contacting the escapees, and smuggling them out of Iran.
Antonio Mendez eventually information the terribly complicated 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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