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Honored by the CIA on its 50th anniversary as being one of the agency's 50 "Trailblazers," the now-retired Mendez spins a fast-paced tale of intriguing characters partaking in skullduggery in exotic locales, made all the more appealing because Mendez himself is the featured star of the proceedings. In an almost offhand manner, he writes about seeing and doing things that would wilt the flower of courage in almost any reader. "Was I proud to be enlisting," he rhetorically ponders at one point, "on our side in the Cold War? You bet." Originally drafted by the CIA as a "technical artist" to provide cover for agents behind enemy lines, Mendez worked his way up the ladder and progressed to a full-fledged agent in the field, sneaking diplomats past enemy guards and spiriting informants into the night, eluding capture and torture at every turn--and using his artist's eye for detail to paint vivid word pictures of his predicaments. Mendez possesses a remarkably keen sense of the mechanics of a good cloak-and-dagger story, and fortunately pours it on in abundance here in his quite hefty--and surprisingly lively--autobiography. --Tjames Madison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A very good book and interesting to read.
The movie "Argo" based on Tony Mendez's adventures in the CIA is winning awards, but this story behind the fictionalized events is an exciting read in itself.
I found this book to be incredibly fascinating and written in such a way very far removed from the dry, facts-only writing I had first expected.
Tony Mendez was originally hired for his accurate drawing skills, as basically a forger of documents for use by CIA operatives. Read morePublished 10 days ago by EMC Engineer
To be completely honest, it's kind of boring. I've trusted reddit reviews from other readers in the past and usually end being impressed. Read morePublished 13 days ago by gregster
Pretty good read, a little slow for my taste. If you are looking for action and intrigue, dont bother...Published 16 days ago by Matías Cañibe
This is a fascinating book! You will want to see "Argo" again after reading the scary descriptions by the man who made it happen. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Joanna Hoskins
I really wanted to like this book. I was especially interested in the time period it covered. It is a nice book about the author's experiences in the CIA from the end of WWII to... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Donald R. Stark
The beginning 20% or so was interesting, and then, without my fully recognizing it at first, the book had turned into a sleeping pill. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mona G. Affinito