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The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIAby Antonio J. Mendez
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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.
On the 50th anniversary of the CIA, Antonio J. Mendez was named one of the 50 all-time stars of the spy trade, and was granted exclusive permission to tell his fascinating story. Here, Mendez gives a privileged look at what really happens in his field and behind closed doors of the highest levels of international espionage. B&W insert.
For the first time, the CIA has authorized a top-level operative to tell all in an unforgettable behind-the-scenes look at espionage in action. an undisputed genius who could create an entirely new identity for anybody, anywhere, anytime, Antonio J. Mendez combined the cunning tricks of a magician with the analytical insight of a psychologist to help hundreds of people escape potentially fatal situations. From "Wild West" adventures in East Asia to Cold War intrigue in Moscow and helping six Americans escape revolutionary Tehran in 1980, Mendez was on the scene. Here he gives us a privileged look at what really happens in the field and behind closed doors at the highest levels of international espionage, some of it shocking, frightening, and wildly inventive--all of it unforgettable.
About the Author
Antonio J. Mendez was born in Eureka, Nevada, and worked as a plumber and illustrator before joining the CIA's technical staff and eventually becoming its Chief of Disguise. He has now retired with his wife to rural Maryland, where he pursues hsi lifelong passion, painting.
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