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 yank hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal and a quake in worldwide politics nonetheless reverberating at the present time. yet there's a little-known drama hooked up to the predicament: six americans escaped. And a top-level CIA officer named Antonio Mendez devised an inventive but quite dicy plan to rescue them sooner than they have been detected.
Disguising himself as a Hollywood manufacturer, and supported by way of a solid of professional forgers, deep hide CIA operatives, international brokers, and Hollywood lighting tricks artists, Mendez traveled to Tehran lower than the guise of scouting destinations for a faux technology fiction movie referred to as Argo. whereas pretending to discover the fitting movie backdrops, Mendez and a colleague succeeded in contacting the escapees, and smuggling them out of Iran.
Antonio Mendez ultimately information the terribly complicated and unsafe operation he led greater than 3 many years in the past. A riveting tale of mystery identities and overseas intrigue, Argo is the gripping account of the history-making collusion among Hollywood and high-stakes espionage.
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