Friday, November 9, 2012

ARGO's Inspiration: Antonio J. Mendez's MASTER OF DISGUISE

Master of Disguise, The By Antonio J. MendezBen Affleck’s Argo has been one of the biggest movies of the fall, receiving widespread and profuse critical acclaim. If you’ve seen it and loved it like we have, or if you’re interested in going to see it in the future, now is the perfect time to explore the amazing autobiography behind the phenomenonAntonio J. Mendez’s Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA, published through Harper Perennial in 2000.
The book itself garnered a lot of positive attention when it first came out, as the first-ever memoir written by a top-level operative to be authorized by the CIA. In the book, Mendez describes his entrance into the Agency, and closely details the tricks he used to save hundreds of livesfrom his adventures in East Asia to Cold War maneuvers in Moscow.
The title of Mendez’s book is truly a nod to his invaluable creativity and remarkable ability to create new identities for anyone, anywhere. As we all now know, in 1980, Mendez utilized this gift to orchestrate the release of six Americans during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Masquerading himself and the hostages as Canadian filmmakers scouting locations in Iran, Mendez accomplished what many said could not be done, and what no one, outside of the CIA, knew about until 1997. This real-life tale of heroism is just as gripping in print as it is in the movie, straight from the man at the center of it all.
If you haven’t yet seen the trailer for Argo, watch it below!

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