The Master of Disguise - Antonio J. Mendez

The Master of Disguise

By Antonio J. Mendez

  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Political Science
Score: 4
From 175 Ratings


From the author of Argo comes an unforgettable behind-the-scenes story of espionage in action. In the first ever memoir by a top-level operative to be authorized by the CIA, Antonio J. Mendez reveals the cunning tricks and insights that helped save hundreds from deadly situations.

Adept at creating new identities for anyone, anywhere, Mendez was involved in operations all over the world, from "Wild West" adventures in East Asia to Cold War intrigue in Moscow. In 1980, he orchestrated the escape of six Americans from a hostage situation in revolutionary Tehran, Iran. This extraordinary operation inspired the movie Argo, directed by and starring Ben Affleck.

The Master of Disguise gives us a privileged look at what really happens at the highest levels of international espionage: in the field, undercover, and behind closed doors.


  • A great read

    By IndpNorm
    True life spy story. Well written and very informative. The author rose up thru the rank and file of the CIA, so he's seen it from the bottom up. I learned a lot.
  • Page turner!

    By Slackintim
    Quick read, exciting stories of espionage and deception that certainly make you look at current events a bit differently and wonder if some of the same techniques are still in use.