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The master of disguise :my secret life in the CIA

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Tony Mendez led two lives. To his friends, he was a soft-spoken, nondescript bureaucrat working for the Department of Defense. To the leaders of the CIA, he was their master of disguise--an undisputed genius who could create an entirely new identity for anybody, anywhere, anytime. Combining the cunning tricks of a magician with the analytical insight of a psychologist, Mendez shows us how he helped hundreds of people escape potentially fatal situations.

From "Wild West" adventures in East Asia to Cold War intrigue in Moscow, Mendez was there. He earned the CIA's Intelligence Star of Valor for his role in engineering the escape of six Americans from Tehran in 1980. On the fiftieth anniversary of the CIA, he was named one of the fifty all-time stars of the spy trade, honored with the Trailblazer Award, and granted exclusive permission to tell his fascinating story--all of it. Here he gives us a privileged look at what really happens in the field and behind closed doors at the highest level of international espionage: some of it shocking, frightening, and wildly inventive--all of it unforgettable.Tony Mendez led two lives. To his friends, he was a soft-spoken, nondescript bureaucrat working for the Department of Defense. To the leaders of the CIA, he was their master of disguise--an undisputed genius who could create an entirely new identity for anybody, anywhere, anytime. Combining the cunning tricks of a magician with the analytical insight of a psychologist, Mendez shows us how he helped hundreds of people escape potentially fatal situations.

 

Synopsis:

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. 8-page photo insert.

About the Author

Tony Mendez is a retired CIA officer who worked undercover for 25 years, participating in some of the most important operations of the Cold War. He earned the CIA's Intelligence Medal of Merit and was chosen as one of 50 officers to be awarded the Trailblazer Medallion.

He is an award-winning painter and the author of The Master of Disguise and Spy Dust, which he co-wrote with his wife Jonna Mendez, also a retired intelligence officer. His most recent book is Argo, which tells the story of the operation he ran to rescue six Americans hiding in the Canadian Embassy in Tehran during the hostage crisis. The operation inspired the Warner Brothers feature film of the same name. Mendez currently lives and works in his studios and gallery on his farm in Maryland with his wife.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780688163020
Subtitle:
My Secret Life in the Cia
With:
McConnell, Malcolm
Author:
Mendez, Antonio J.
Publisher:
William Morrow
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Military - Intelligence/Espionage
Subject:
Intelligence officers
Subject:
Intelligence officers -- United States -- Biography.
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
19991020
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.55x6.45x1.20 in. 1.40 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Military » Espionage
History and Social Science » Politics » Covert Government and Conspiracy Theory

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Product details 368 pages William Morrow & Co.,1999. - English 9780688163020 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 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. 8-page photo insert.
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