By Antonio J. Mendez
From the writer of Argo comes an unforgettable behind-the-scenes tale of espionage in motion. within the first ever memoir through a top-level operative to be licensed via the CIA, Antonio J. Mendez finds the crafty methods and insights that helped store hundreds of thousands from lethal situations.
Adept at developing new identities for an individual, at any place, Mendez used to be focused on operations worldwide, from “Wild West” adventures in East Asia to chilly struggle intrigue in Moscow. In 1980, he orchestrated the get away of six americans from a hostage scenario in innovative Tehran, Iran. This outstanding operation encouraged the motion picture Argo, directed by means of and starring Ben Affleck.
The grasp of Disguise supplies us a privileged examine what quite occurs on the optimum degrees of overseas espionage: within the box, undercover, and in the back of closed doors.
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