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The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA Paperback – November 7, 2000
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About the Author
Tony Mendez is a retired CIA officer who worked undercover for 25 years, participating in some of the most important operations of the Cold War. He earned the CIA's Intelligence Medal of Merit and was chosen as one of 50 officers to be awarded the Trailblazer Medallion.
He is an award-winning painter and the author of The Master of Disguise and Spy Dust, which he co-wrote with his wife Jonna Mendez, also a retired intelligence officer. His most recent book is Argo, which tells the story of the operation he ran to rescue six Americans hiding in the Canadian Embassy in Tehran during the hostage crisis. The operation inspired the Warner Brothers feature film of the same name. Mendez currently lives and works in his studios and gallery on his farm in Maryland with his wife.
- ASIN : 0060957913
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (November 7, 2000)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780060957919
- Item Weight : 13.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 9.12 x 5.84 x 1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #110,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Although the movie Argo is well-known, it is only a small part of this author’s story. What was most interesting to me were the years this painter-turned spy spent behind the iron curtain under disguise. Entering into the secret service because of his artistic ability, Tony Mendez became a copier of documents first, then expanded his horizons into disguise to help with surveillance and counter-surveillance. The book also discusses the stories of the turncoats in the service and those defectors from the other side who lost big.
Some of the things the author talked about in the book made me think that maybe I shouldn’t be knowing or reading these things as they might have something to do with the welfare of my country, but the author clarified this concern by saying that his book was checked out by those who knew these things and what he relates to the general public is already known by the other side. In any case, now that he is retired from the service, the author has turned to painting again in his home in Knoxville.
The writing is clear and easily understandable, and I found the entire story stunning.
The bottom line is, I was amazed by the incredible courage the people in the CIA and other such services have shown and possibly still are continuing to show. If it did nothing, this book has been good for making us aware of that purpose.