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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, 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 the history-making collusion between Hollywood and high-stakes espionage.
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By Flossiesmommy on 11-28-12
I listened to this twice in a row!
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes! This is such a fascinating slice of (fairly) recent history, but so few (until now) knew anything about it. If you already saw the movie, this will fill in many, many details for you - as well as delineate what was theatrical license to make the movie flow & what, in the movie, was portrayed exactly like it happened. If you haven't seen the movie, you'll love this book, too! As I said, I listened to this twice in a row & might listen again, soon, as each time I picked up on something different. A true-life spy thriller, with all the bells & whistles.
Which scene was your favorite?
When the author went back to where the diplomats were staying, & they'd all gotten into character for the roles of their lives.
What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?
How many people and how much planning, at the CIA, goes into POSSIBLE situations that MAY erupt around the world (made me proud). Plus, all the details that might change from moment to moment on something as seemingly innocuous as an entry visa, & what "our people" do to keep on top of those details. I love all the minutiae/idiosyncrasies/technicalities of real spy work. :)
Any additional comments?
I saw the movie at the theater twice (which I never, ever, ever do...which shows how fabulous I thought it was!), wanted to know all the details one couldn't learn from the movie, & therefore used a credit for the audiobook. I am so glad I did, as the story has loads more to it, and the narrator keeps it moving. I kept having to remind myself that the author wasn't sitting with me, telling me his story!
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By Rebecca on 02-23-13
Just a bit dull.....
This is workmanlike, straightforwardly written - and if you're looking forward to it because you've seen the film you'll be sadly disappointed! I did listen to it before watching the film, but for once much preferred the movie. I found myself wondering if this was the reading, which I found rather flat. In fact I went out and bought the book to check this, and the read book was more vivid than the audiobook. The original scheme was a daring and challenging idea, bravely executed, but the reading actually made it sound rather routine.
As a le Carre fan, i like my spy stories - real or fictional - either rich on technical detail or suspense-filled, preferably both. Both the book and the audiobook are, for me, just a fraction thin on both, beefed up by rather too much retrospective autobiographical stuff about the author. The initial escape of the US diplomats is however thrilling to read, and he creates a vivid picture of their life inTehran, but its actually rather less exciting to listen to - and nothing in the book or audiobook is anything like as gripping as the film - somehow the reading almost had me thinking, rather guiltily, 'so what'? I also wondered if thismight be because he had to censor a fair amount of the CIA detail?
Whereas because it contains so much really detailed, accurate information, and is written really well, 'Operation Mincemeat' is more interesting and exciting than the old movie myth of 'the Man Who Never Was', Argo the audio book is definitely not as gripping as Argo the movie. However, still worth a listen- better still, a read.
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By L on 06-01-13
i was sorry to hear that the most exciting incidents in the film didn't happen! nevertheless, very entertaining and informative
1 of 1 people found this review helpful