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By Antonio Mendez, Matt Baglio

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 day. yet there's a little-known drama attached to the situation: six american citizens escaped. And a top-level CIA officer named Antonio Mendez devised an inventive but exceedingly dicy plan to rescue them prior to they have been detected.

Disguising himself as a Hollywood manufacturer, and supported by means of a solid of professional forgers, deep conceal CIA operatives, overseas brokers, and Hollywood lighting tricks artists, Mendez traveled to Tehran less than the guise of scouting destinations for a faux technology fiction movie known 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 eventually 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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T h e crucial doctrine left no way for Davis—certainly for a man of his temperament—to deal with such governors as Joseph Emerson Brown, of Georgia, and Zebulon Baird Vance, of North Carolina, who, for all practical purposes, were doctrinaire to the point of mania or treason in withholding men and supplies from the central government. In fact, as the first Confederate Secretary of War, Leroy Pope Walker, pointed out, in the early days of the war two hundred thousand volunteers could not be armed, because the doctrine of states' rights allowed individual states to withhold equipment.

He read history and the works of such theorists as John Locke and Adam Smith. He sank himself word by word into the literature of our national origins, of the philosophers and the politicians. He practically memorized the Constitution. Nor did he forget the classics. T h e new emptiness of the house at Brierfield was too much for him now. He spent much of his time at Hurricane, and there, with Joseph, he found the clash of minds and interests, col- 37 laboration in ideas, and a never-ending tide of speculation.

T h e n , on J u n e 1, 1924, a bronze cap was set on the summit. Certain diehard Confederates, it is said, had wanted to push on to surpass the 25 Washington Monument, but the common victory in France seemed to make such feeling antiquated, too. T T 7 H O was this Jefferson Davis? Eventually, I came to know something about him, and about the speculations concerning the inner man. In those early days when I visited the unfinished monument, I knew, of course, that he was born in my Todd County—though at the date of his birth, J u n e 3, 1808, the county had not yet been carved from the larger entities of Christian and Logan Counties, now adjacently eastward and westward.

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