The true, declassified account of CIA operative Tony Mendez's daring rescue of American hostages from Iran that inspired the critically-acclaimed film directed by and starring Ben Affleck, and co-starring John Goodman, Alan Arkin, and Bryan Cranston.
On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal and a quake in global politics still reverberating today. But there is a little-known drama connected to the crisis: six Americans escaped. And a top-level CIA officer named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them before they were detected.
Disguising himself as a Hollywood producer, and supported by a cast of expert forgers, deep cover CIA operatives, foreign agents, and Hollywood special effects artists, Mendez traveled to Tehran under the guise of scouting locations for a fake science fiction film called Argo. While pretending to find the perfect film backdrops, Mendez and a colleague succeeded in contacting the escapees, and smuggling them out of Iran.
Antonio Mendez finally details the extraordinarily complex and dangerous operation he led more than three decades ago. A riveting story of secret identities and international intrigue, Argo is the gripping account of the history-making collusion between Hollywood and high-stakes espionage.
University of Chicago paleontologist Shubin wrote about the fishy origins of humanity in 2009 s Your Inner Fish. In his new book, he goes farther back and further out, explaining how humans bear the markings of cosmic phenomena; as he puts it, Written inside us is the birth of the stars. Here, the author surveys everything from glints in Greenlandic rocks to the spreading signs of supernovae to reveal deep ties to the forces that shaped our bodies. He demonstrates how mammals owe their high-energy lifestyle to oxygen released hundreds of millions of years ago as continents spread apart, and how color vision arose after continental drift cooled the planet, diversified flora, and resulted in biological competition that favored those organisms who could identify nutritious plants according to hue ( Every time you admire a richly colorful view, you can thank India for slamming into Asia ). Shubin is a leading proponent of the fusion of paleontology, developmental genetics, and genomics, and the result of his efforts is a volume of truly inspired science writing. Appropriately vast in scope, Shubin deftly balances breadth and depth in his search for a sublimely beautiful truth. Photos & illus.
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Lack of respect to Canada and to Ambassador Ken Taylor.
Hollywood as usual creates marketable fiction based on real facts.
Time to set the record straight.
The CIA and Hollywood did not pull off the rescue
Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor and his staff sheltered the Americans. This changing of historical fact is a slap in the face to Mr Taylor and all Canadians.
No respect for all canadians