The true account of the 1979 rescue of six American hostages from Iran On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal and a quake in global politics still reverberating today. But there's a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escaped. And a midlevel agent named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them. Armed with foreign film visas, Mendez and an unlikely team of CIA agents and Hollywood insiders-directors, producers, and actors-traveled to Tehran under the guise of scouting locations for a fake film called Argo. While pretending to find the perfect scenery and backdrops, the team succeeded in contacting the escapees and smuggling them out of Iran without a single shot being fired. Antonio Mendez finally details the mind-bogglingly complex and dangerous operation he led more than three decades ago. A true story of secret identities and international intrigue, Argo is the gripping account of this history-making collusion between Hollywood and high-stakes espionage.
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by Antonio J. Mendez, Jonna Mendez, Matt Baglio
by John Steinbeck
by Michael Lewis
by Walter Isaacson
by Matt Marinovich
by Jonathan Franzen
by Timothy J. Shannon
by Vincent J. Cannato
by William J. Cooper
by Daniel J. Sharfstein
"The authors recount the rescue of a small group of American diplomats holed up in the home of a Canadian colleague when Iranian militants seized the United States embassy in Tehran in November 1979. Dylan Baker does a creditable job in this generally straight narration. But even his excellent skills are tested as he attempts to extract the excitement in the story. He does use some limited and effective voicing for small-part players such as the officious Iranian airport functionaries. His pacing and timing are also good but sometimes fall prey to the story's poor quality. This work (now a feature film) may be of interest to listeners who loved the Ken Follett/Ross Perot ON WINGS OF EAGLES story. This is the government version of the private sector rescue. M.C. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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