By Antonio J. Mendez
Tony Mendez led lives. To his pals, he was once a soft-spoken, nondescript bureaucrat operating for the dept of safeguard. To the leaders of the CIA, he was once their grasp of disguise--an undisputed genius who might create a wholly new identification for anyone, wherever, every time. Combining the crafty tips of a magician with the analytical perception of a psychologist, Mendez indicates us how he helped 1000's of individuals break out most likely deadly events.
From "Wild West" adventures in East Asia to chilly struggle intrigue in Moscow, Mendez was once there. He earned the CIA's Intelligence big name of Valor for his position in engineering the get away of six american citizens from Tehran in 1980. at the 50th anniversary of the CIA, he was once named one of many fifty all-time stars of the secret agent exchange, commemorated with the Trailblazer Award, and granted unique permission to inform his attention-grabbing story--all of it. the following he provides us a privileged examine what relatively occurs within the box and at the back of closed doorways on the optimum point of foreign espionage: a few of it surprising, scary, and wildly inventive--all of it unforgettable.
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