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Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History | Antonio Mendez, Matt Baglio
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The true, declassified account of CIA operative Tony Mendez's daring rescue of American hostages from Iran that inspired the critically-acclaimed film directed by and starring Ben Affleck, and co-starring John Goodman, Alan Arkin, and Bryan Cranston. 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 is a little-known drama connected to the crisis: six Americans escaped. And a top-level CIA officer named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them before they were detected. Disguising himself as a Hollywood producer, and supported by a cast of expert forgers, deep cover CIA operatives, foreign agents, and Hollywood special effects artists, Mendez traveled to Tehran under the guise of scouting locations for a fake science fiction film called Argo. While pretending to find the perfect film backdrops, Mendez and a colleague succeeded in contacting the escapees, and smuggling them out of Iran. Antonio Mendez finally details the extraordinarily complex and dangerous operation he led more than three decades ago. A riveting 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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erzascarletbookgasm
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I‘ve not read or seen this, about Mendez‘s first-person account of a dangerous but successful operation, aided by Hollywood and the Canadian government, to help rescue six US diplomats from Iran in 1979.

#MOvember #rescueme

Cinfhen I thought this was a really good film 🍿 1mo
CarolynM I loved the film. 1mo
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marleed
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But can you - save me
Come on and - save me
If you could - #SaveMe

Day 14 of #MayMovieMagic with #SaveMe #BookToMovie
@Rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I really liked this film 🎞 ❤️ 7mo
marleed @Cinfhen Me too! In a recent move I donated all but a small stack of DVD‘s. But when I‘m out there in the wild, I can‘t resist saving a book adapted to film. 7mo
Suet624 @Cinfhen I think I‘ve seen this movie at least 10 Times. I‘m a little obsessed with it. 7mo
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marleed @Suet624 I think it‘s my favorite Ben Afleck film. And John Goodman was genius. 7mo
Suet624 @marleed I agree. Affleck is so great. 7mo
Cinfhen I don‘t really rewatch movies but this one I would @Suet624 saving books is very commendable @marleed 🙌🏻💕 7mo
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Mrshawaii
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Yes. I‘m alive.

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Sha0102
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Mehso-so
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leslieisreading
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Today's prompt had me stumped, but when I did a search for #hollywood on my Goodreads shelves, one book came up. I haven't read this yet, but I loved the movie and I've been meaning to get around to the real account. #maybookflowers

HotMessJess This is a great movie as well! One of my favorite movie lines of all time is "Argo f**k yourselves!" 3y
Suet624 I have to admit I've seen this movie a number of times. So good. 3y
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sofiaga
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Finished off this book with lavender tea and and almond croissant

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sofiaga
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Sunday morning

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sofiaga
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I just started my second paperback of the year

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Hooked_on_books
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A rare audiobook for me, this is a great telling of this story. While a bit redundant in places, this is so much more fleshed out than the movie (of course), with a better understanding of the situation and the players. It is such an outrageous story that it's a little hard to believe it really happened. A testament to the power of creativity.

Suet624 Ooohhhh. Loved the movie. Now I have to find the book. I didn't realize the movie came from a book. 3y
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sofiaga
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I was really anxious this past week so I turned that energy into buying and putting together this bookcase.

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FernsAndFairyTales
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This book gave a great account of a small part of American history that's still having repercussions today. My only complaint was occasionally the writer edged on bragging too much, which could have been partly due to the narration. Not that a little pride isn't warranted - he did pull off covert disguise operations for the CIA in the midst of the Cold War - but it grated on my nerves a bit.
(Also I liked the movie more. Can I say that here?)

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ApoptyGina69
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Last post today and a rather melancholy one: #somethingborrowed. I borrowed this book and State of Wonder by Ann Patchett from a great scrabble-playing, wine-drinking, life-of-the-party lady a couple years ago. After I finished the Patchett and loved it lots (my first), that lady unexpectedly passed away. I haven't read Argo yet. 😢

Dragon Sorry to hear of your loss but I'm glad you have something to remember her by 3y
RealLifeReading Oh I'm sorry to hear about that! 🙁 3y
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Niki_Todaro
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Reading novels is fun, but it's time to get back to nonfiction and indulge my history loving side.