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Publisher's Summary

From the author of Argo comes an unforgettable behind-the-scenes story of espionage in action. In the first ever memoir by a top-level operative to be authorized by the CIA, Antonio J. Mendez reveals the cunning tricks and insights that helped save hundreds from deadly situations.
Adept at creating new identities for anyone, anywhere, Mendez was involved in operations all over the world, from "Wild West" adventures in East Asia to Cold War intrigue in Moscow. In 1980, he orchestrated the escape of six Americans from a hostage situation in revolutionary Tehran, Iran. This extraordinary operation inspired the movie Argo, directed by and starring Ben Affleck.
The Master of Disguise gives us a privileged look at what really happens at the highest levels of international espionage: in the field, undercover, and behind closed doors.
©1999 Antonio J. Mendez (P)2014 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"A rare and unique glimpse into the CIA's Office of Technical Services, and, in particular, into the secret work undertaken to supportclandestine operations. A thoroughly absorbing read for both the aficionado and the layman." (Nigel West)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Brigham on 12-15-15

A Refreshing and Unique Viewpoint

With a budding variety of espionage history and CIA dirty laundry being aired, this particular memoir presented a refreshing and unique viewpoint. I'm glad I stumbled upon the opportunity to read this and I feel it delivers every bit of the four stars I have awarded the experience. Tony presents his history in a fun, well organized, an interesting way. He helps you widen your view of the complex nature of professional espionage without an overbearing focus on the deep, dark horrors of the game many people play. Despite the mostly technical, rather than the mainly covert experiences Tony had, he does not hesitate to clue his readers in when it comes to explaining his quite personal operational activity.

Finally, often times in books surrounding this topic, you wonder how much of what is delivered is falsified intentionally. I felt Tony opted to graciously decline the details which remain classified or would bring harm upon the profession or the professionals within the field, rather than fabricating a lie in its place. For that, I extend my gratitude as well as my already flowing respect for this author.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anibal Nunez on 11-06-14


Would you listen to The Master of Disguise again? Why?

Yes, it was entertaining and candid look at the life of a true patriot.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well, Antonio Mendez of course. Although the agent that permenantly adopted on a British persona was fascinating as well.

Have you listened to any of John Pruden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but he was crisp and his work was solid.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nah, but it was captivating.

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