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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.
I really enjoyed this book. The writing was clear and easy to read. The storie were super interesting and, though of course the author has a rosy view of all things CIA, he is... Read morePublished 1 hour ago by P. Elliot
Very good read; how much we owe to so few who live in the shadows--so that you and I can live in the light of democracy. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Royce J Stilson
When I was watching the televion series "The Americans", I became interested about how people are disguised to look like sombody else. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Cheryl Kloda
I always heard the expression "cloak and dagger", but Mendez brings it to reality and gives you a true appreciation for disguise at all levels.Published 16 days ago by michael surowiec
Very informative and written in a way that the reader does not lose interest. Gives some history as well.Published 19 days ago by mary w. jenkins
Most informative and you feel like you are there in each of the situations. Well written.Published 19 days ago by Ken Conway
Mr. Mendez's book is well written and engaging without compromising the safety of staff who may still be in the field.Published 1 month ago by JAK
The CIA has been the object of mistrust in recent years that this was a interesting to hear the story from an 'inside' man.Published 1 month ago by Charlene Marietti