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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.
He saw the movie and really wanted to learn more about the real character's life in the spy business and his life in the real world.Published 2 days ago by alfiemom
Saw the movie Argo and wanted to read the back-story..... Excellent, gripping story of how espionage works from a behind-the-scenes point of view. Very well written!Published 8 days ago by Edward Healy (email@example.com)
Great book! I bought the book after seeing the movie Argo, which is about the same CIA spy as in Argo. The book's very well written, with humor woven in every chapter.Published 21 days ago by MarkD
Takes you thru the career of a top spy during 70-90s. Real. Fun. Very good read we know little about. Believable.Published 1 month ago by David E. Nelson
So apparently i am not turtly enough for the turtle club. Absolutely no mention of dana carvey in this book. Sorely dissapointedPublished 1 month ago by alexander crosby
This is such an interesting book! I had no idea they could really do some of these things. Some of the detail is overwhelming, but to be fair to the author, was probably required... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Descca
Excellent book on espionage. Well written and gripping. Lent it to my dad, and he loved it too. You won't regret this one.Published 1 month ago by txmusic
A tough read. Maybe if I was involved in a similar occupation, or was a technology-oriented person, it would've been more interesting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James J. Dulemba
It is pure misery to read because there is little told to hold one's interest. I think I'll go take a nap now.Published 1 month ago by Landser