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By Matt Baglio, Antonio J. Mendez

The real account of the 1979 rescue of six American hostages from Iran

On November four, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the yankee embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of yankee hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal and a quake in worldwide politics nonetheless reverberating this present day. yet there's a little-known drama hooked up to the main issue: six american citizens escaped. And a top-level CIA officer named Antonio Mendez devised an inventive but awfully dicy plan to rescue them sooner than they have been detected.

Disguising himself as a Hollywood manufacturer, and supported by way of a solid of specialist forgers, deep disguise CIA operatives, international brokers, and Hollywood lighting tricks artists, Mendez traveled to Tehran lower than the guise of scouting destinations for a faux technology fiction movie known as Argo. whereas pretending to discover the precise movie backdrops, Mendez and a colleague succeeded in contacting the escapees, and smuggling them out of Iran.

Antonio Mendez eventually information the terribly complicated and unsafe operation he led greater than 3 a long time in the past. A riveting tale of mystery identities and foreign intrigue, Argo is the gripping account of the history-making collusion among Hollywood and high-stakes espionage.

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I also came to understand what Abraham How relieved I would be if my own talk, scheduled for Jan- Flexner meant by saying that the Institute should gather uary, should go well! It did go well, very well, and I was together the best minds, minds that teach best by not teach- simply elated. In the course of time, I learned that polite- ing at all. The School of Social Science, where nothing was ness should be welcome everywhere in daily life, except in being taught, was the place where I learned a great deal.

I came back experience—and a challenging one for each speaker. If to the Institute in 1982 as a long-term member, but left the you came early, you had half an hour to clean your plate, school prematurely in 1984 to accept an appointment at the and then you had to deliver your talk, for half an hour, not newly founded German Institute for Advanced Study in much more, followed by a period of questions and answers. Berlin, the Wissenschaftskolleg. m. sharp, it was over. If five minutes into your talk no return.

To watch the interplay between these two, so differ- something exciting and convincing. ent in their intellectual temperaments, so well matched in The highlight of the School of Social Science was—and their cognitive brilliance, and so close in their friendship, still is, I believe—the Thursday Luncheon Seminar. For a was an unforgettable experience. Later, they were joined by German academic, it was a most unusual, almost exotic Michael Walzer, Joan Scott, and Eric Maskin. I came back experience—and a challenging one for each speaker.

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