The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA

The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA

by Antonio J. Mendez
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The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA by Antonio J. Mendez

From the author of Argo comes an unforgettable behind-the-scenes story of espionage in action. In the first ever memoir by a top-level operative to be authorized by the CIA, Antonio J. Mendez reveals the cunning tricks and insights that helped save hundreds from deadly situations.

Adept at creating new identities for anyone, anywhere, Mendez was involved in operations all over the world, from "Wild West" adventures in East Asia to Cold War intrigue in Moscow. In 1980, he orchestrated the escape of six Americans from a hostage situation in revolutionary Tehran, Iran. This extraordinary operation inspired the movie Argo, directed by and starring Ben Affleck.

The Master of Disguise gives us a privileged look at what really happens at the highest levels of international espionage: in the field, undercover, and behind closed doors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061865305
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 376
Sales rank: 251,618
File size: 892 KB

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.

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The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I received this book for my 30th birthday about a month ago, and it was extremely hard to stop reading. Through reading this book, I not only gained an appreciation for espionage related activities, but also philosophical views related to espionage. Mr. Mendez describes his activities in extreme detail. From his initial hiring at the Agency, through to his retirement, he provides details I imagine have never been told. I found myself actually experiencing a portion of the fear that Mr. Mendez describes almost overcoming him as he attempted to pass phony documentation to foreign immigration officials. In a fictional movie, such activities do not appear as scary. During the reading of this book, I was physically nervous as I pictured Mr. Mendez having unfriendly government officials inspecting bogus documents! The extreme courage of Mr. Mendez becomes quickly apparent in this book. From the far east, to the middle east and to Russia, this book provides fascinating details! Of particular interest to me was how Mr. Mendez related his childhood experiences to his adulthood profession. Most people, I feel, can often see how their childhood activities helped to shape their chosen professions. I think that anyone in any profession would be able to learn valuable life lessons from this book. I only wish the book was longer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...I read this book years back. I thought it to be an awesome read. Obviously he can't go into great detail but just to gain insight into what his life was like is intriguing. For anyone that said it was a boring read...Let your imagination run when you read. Stop seeing words when you read and let it play out as a movie in your mind
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy true life CIA and spy drama this is the book cor you!
RandyGH More than 1 year ago
picked this one up after reading ARGO. Gives good insight into the Cold War Era of little know events. Leaves a lot of questions unanswered due to much of the events still being classified. However, some places can be figured out with the clues given, so how classified is it if a casual reader can determine some places.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well done tony
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book could be more interesting to read - the subject matter has a lot of potential?. Hard to believe the very excitng movie came from the same source. I gave up half way through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those who enjoyed the film "Argo", this author is the person who organized the rescue. This autobiography covers his early life and his career in the CIA. There are many fascinating tidbits but it is not great literature.
bonnieCA More than 1 year ago
This is a pretty good thumbnail sketch of spy life. He includes the Iran hostage incident (Argo) which was made into a movie starring Ben Affleck. It's mostly just CIA PR if you ask me. He sounds like a pretty interesting fellow, though, and the book is very well written. I enjoyed it but I like spy stories so that's not surprising.
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Manirul More than 1 year ago
Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!
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Totally Awesome!
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I liked this book and found much of the real-life accounts interesting to learn about, however, at times it felt as though the tales ran a little flat. Perhaps I'm too spoiled to fictionalized spy stories, which are one of my favorite genres to read.
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It was amzing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Argo account is a small section of the book.
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