STEUBENVILLE - Tri-State Area residents have a convenient way to purchase copies of the book "Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History," which inspired the Academy Award-nominated film "Argo."
The book was written by former CIA agent Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio. Mendez directed the operation that rescued six Americans who had slipped away when Iranian militants overran the U.S. embassy in Tehran on Nov. 4, 1979. The agency's master of disguise, Mendez conducted an "exfiltration" of the six, who had found refuge in the Canadian embassy, in January of 1980 by disguising the Americans as members of a Canadian film production company.
Mendez will speak in Steubenville at 7:30 p.m. April 9 as part of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Herald-Star Lecture Series. Copies of his book, as well as tickets for the presentation in the Steubenville High School auditorium, can be purchased from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Herald-Star offices, 401 Herald Square.
BOOKS AVAILABLE — Copies of the book “Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History,” written by former CIA agent Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio, can be purchased for $26.95, plus tax, at the Herald-Star offices, 401 Herald Square in Steubenville. The book will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through April 8, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 9. Mendez, whose story inspired the award-winning film “Argo,” will speak at 7:30 p.m. April 9 in the Steubenville High School Auditorium as part of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Herald-Star Lecture Series. Among those helping to plan the event are, from left, Laura Meeks, president of Eastern Gateway Community College, a major sponsor of the event; Ross Gallabrese, executive editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times; Suzanne Kresser of Tri-State Financial Services; the Rev. Richard Davis, TOR, director of community relations at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, a major sponsor of the event; Sue Hershey, president of the chamber of commerce; Ann Koon, director of public information at the community college; and Alex Marshall, publisher of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. -- Linda Harris
The book sells for $26.95, plus tax, but area residents will be able to take advantage of a coupon good for $5 off the purchase price that appears on Page 5C of today's edition.
Reserved tickets for the event cost $20, while general admission tickets cost $15. They can be purchased in person, by credit card by calling (740) 283-4711 or by visiting heraldstaronline.com and clicking on the "Lecture Series" button. A $2 service charge will be added to each online order.
A limited number of VIP tickets for the event are available by contacting the chamber of commerce at (740) 282-6226.
Major sponsors of the appearance include the chamber, the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times, Eastern Gateway Community College and the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Supporting sponsors include Bayberry House Bed and Breakfast, Apollo Pro Cleaning, Piergallini Catering, Newbrough Photo, D'Anniballe & Co., Thrifty Car Rental and Steubenville City Schools.