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The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA Paperback – November 7, 2000
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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.
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
From his hiring to training to actual field experiences, Mr. Mendez really allows the reader to know each event in great detail. Each chapter provides a new adventure!
I actually found myself feeling nervous as I read his stories of exfiltrations. I cannot imagine the amount of fear a person must experience as they provide phony identification to government officials in unfriendly countries. What becomes quickly apparent is the extreme courage of Mr. Mendez and others who truly risked their lives to protect the American way of life. This book also leaves the reader with a philosophical view towards why such espionage activities are necessary.
Of particular interest was the way Mr. Mendez related childhood activities to his career. I think that most people, myself included, can often relate such early experiences to current day career paths. In that respect, I feel that everyone in any profession will learn some life lessons from this book.
Finally, I'd only like to say that I wish the book was longer. Who knows, maybe Mr. Mendez will honor the American public with a second book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can't believe the CIA let Mendez write this book.
If you've ever been interested in how the CIA operates, this is a book you must read.
I enjoyed the book and it's glimpse into the CIA. I ordered the book after watching the movie, "Argo," which sparked my curiosity to know more about the subject according... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ms Tori
Excellent review of the real work of CIA, especially related to historical events!Published 1 month ago by James Porcari Jr.
A peek behind the curtain of secrecy surrounding the CIA. Tony Mendez a master artest uses his skills to help protect agents and their controlers from harm. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John Cote
This book, by the author of ARGO, was a great read. It was really engaging and kept you caught up in the energy, excitement and suspense of each carefully woven moment and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Tony Mendez was a struggling graphic artist when he applied for a job at the CIA. At first, he reproduced passports and all sorts of official documents, but eventually ended up... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Melissa McCauley
It's a great introduction into both bureaucracy and exceptional independence and courage of the CIA. I really enjoyed it. Recommended.Published 2 months ago by Andrew D. Brown