Argo, Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio



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  1. Jessica K. Says:

    Summary: Argo is the true story of the rescue of six Americans kidnapped by Iranian militants in Tehran. The militants stormed the American embassy on November 4, 1979. They managed to capture dozens of hostages and created a huge international ordeal. The hostages were held under brutal conditions for 444 days. Globally, countries and governments became involved and this created a huge issue within global politics at the time. It seemed hopeless for any hostage recovery, until Antonio Mendez, a mid level operator in the CIA, and chief of disguise operations, came up with a cover. Mendez came up with the recovery plan to safely extricate six diplomats who were in hiding with the Canadian Embassy, by going undercover as Hollywood big shots scouting for filming locations for a fake movie “Argo.” The plan needed to provide an unbreakable cover so that the insanely cautious Iranian rebels covering airport security and other key entrance points would not doubt their alias. Mendez implemented his prior training with his many years working for the CIA to save people in times of danger. In order to make their cover all the more believable, he called in friends from Hollywood as back up.

    Evaluation: Since starting this book I have learned a lot. I had no clue that six individuals were rescued, let alone by an insane extraction from the CIA. I had never heard of Antonio Mendez, and the rescue plan he made is intricate and impressive. This book has broken down a lot of spy stereotypes. The people involved in this mission are not about flash and weapons, and blowing up the bad guys, and getting the girls. Rather, they are carefully trained specialists in their field, who take their work very seriously. The amount of planning and time that goes into a mission like this is also something I hadn’t known before. The whole process is fascinating and I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in behind the scenes spy work, and international affairs.

    Recommendations: Divergent by Veronica Roth
    The Selection by Kiera Cass
    Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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