By Matt Baglio, Antonio J. Mendez
The genuine 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 yank hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal and a quake in international politics nonetheless reverberating at the present time. yet there's a little-known drama hooked up to the situation: six american citizens escaped. And a top-level CIA officer named Antonio Mendez devised an inventive but awfully dicy plan to rescue them ahead of they have been detected.
Disguising himself as a Hollywood manufacturer, and supported by way of a forged of professional forgers, deep conceal CIA operatives, overseas brokers, and Hollywood lighting tricks artists, Mendez traveled to Tehran lower than the guise of scouting destinations for a faux technological know-how fiction movie referred to as Argo. whereas pretending to discover the right movie backdrops, Mendez and a colleague succeeded in contacting the escapees, and smuggling them out of Iran.
Antonio Mendez ultimately information the terribly advanced and unsafe operation he led greater than 3 a long time in the past. A riveting tale of mystery identities and overseas intrigue, Argo is the gripping account of the history-making collusion among Hollywood and high-stakes espionage.
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More than $6,000 in bunting adorned office buildings along the route, and estimates of the crowd ranged from 50,000 to 75,000, nearly twice the city’s permanent population. Women’s organizations served BBQ and lemonade at the conclusion of the parade. ) 30 An Era of Opportunity: 1908–1916 The relatively new invention of electricity was put to good use at many of the Great White Fleet’s ports of call, including San Diego. In San Diego’s case, the fleet stood at anchor in a line a short distance offshore.
They would showcase San Diego, including its strategic military potential, to the nation. ) 39 The Military in San Diego The Panama-California Exposition opened on January 1, 1915, in Balboa Park. The organizing committee had been working on the exposition for five years and had raised $7 million. The night before, a kickoff celebration including eight massive searchlights on the USS San Diego (moored off Market Street) illuminated Balboa Park’s tower, more than a mile away. ” More than 100,000 people attended the exposition in the first week.
In 1916, voters had approved a 500-acre donation to the Marines by a 40,288-305 margin. Construction did not start until 1919, when dredging for the site was 80 percent complete. Balboa Park’s architect, Bertram Goodhue, also designed the Marines’ base. ) 57 The Military in San Diego The Navy sought to rebalance its postwar fleet and favored a single base on the West Coast. San Diego’s too-shallow bay could not accommodate battleships. But Congressman Kettner and local leaders developed a plan to secure at least a portion the Pacific Fleet.