THE MOSCOW RULES

From the spymaster and inspiration for the movie Argo: how a group of brilliant but under-supported CIA operatives developed breakthrough spy tactics that helped turn the tide of the Cold War

The Moscow Rules tells the story of the intelligence breakthroughs that turned the odds in America's favor. As experts in disguise, Antonio and Jonna were instrumental in creating and honing a series of tactics that allowed officers to finally get one step ahead of the KGB. These techniques included everything from elaborate, Hollywood-inspired identity swaps, to deception or evasion techniques, to more mundane document forgery. With these new guidelines in place, and with an armory of new gadgets perfected by the Office of Technical Services including miniature cameras, suitcase release body doubles, and wall rappelling mechanisms, the CIA managed to gain a foothold in Moscow and pull off some of the greatest intelligence operations in the history of espionage.

BOOK TOUR

May 20 - New York, NY

Barnes & Noble

May 21

Book available for purchase online.

May 29 - Washington D.C.

International Spy Museum

June 19 - Dallas, TX

World Affairs Council

June 25 - San Francisco, CA

The Commonwealth Club

June 26 - Seattle, WA

Town Hall Seattle

BOOKS

The Mendez’s have written four books, The Moscow Rules, Argo, Spy Dust, and The Master of Disguise, which are currently available on this site. These books are highly recommended reading for new recruits in the US Intelligence Community, and are part of the curriculum at Universities and in the Intelligence Community.

AUTHOR, JONNA MENDEZ SIGNATURE AVAILABLE

AUTHOR, JONNA MENDEZ SIGNATURE AVAILABLE

TONY & JONNA MENDEZ

Tony and Jonna Mendez are former CIA Intelligence Officers with 52 years of combined service. Both served as the CIA’s Chief of Disguise. On the CIA’s 50th anniversary, Tony was chosen as one of the CIA’s top 50 officers for its first 50 years.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Join us for speaking events, book talks, and discussions about the world of espionage and spy craft.

Town Hall Seattle

June 26, 2019 - Book Talk Seattle, WA Town Hall Seattle
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LATEST NEWS

Read the latest news from Tony and Jonna.

'The Moscow Rules': How The CIA Operated Under The Watchful Eye Of The KGB

NPR – How The CIA Operated Under the Watchful Eye of the KGB

How The CIA Operated Under the Watchful Eye of the KGB

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International Spy Museum – Book Talk

International Spy Museum – Book Talk

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iHeart Radio Interview

iHeart Radio Interview

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the moscow rules book talk by jonna mendez at the Spy Museum on CSPAN BookTV

CSPAN – The Moscow Rules Book Talk by Jonna Mendez

The Moscow Rules book talk by author Jonna Mendez at the Spy Museum on CSPAN BookTV

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Morning Joe with Willie Geist

Morning Joe with Willie Geist

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New York Post – Best Books of The Week

The Moscow Rules: The Secret CIA Tactics That Helped America Win the Cold War
Antonio J. Mendez, Jonna Mendez (nonfiction, PublicAffairs)
A posthumous release from the man who inspired the movie “Argo” about his James Bond-like spy tactics.

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The Hindu – Former CIA officer Jonna Mendez on changing man to woman in 45 seconds

Jonna Mendez is former Chief of Disguise at the CIA and a member of the advisory board of the International Spy Museum in Washington D.C. which (re)opened its doors to the public on new premises in Washington D.C. early this month. Mendez is a specialist in clandestine photography and was responsible for disguise in several theatres of the Cold War, including in Havana, Moscow and Beijing. Excerpts from an interview:

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Business Insider – ‘The Moscow Rules’ Are Ten Simple Reminders For Covert CIA Operations

Tony Mendez is arguably the Michael Jordan of covert CIA operations.

So considering the recent revelations swirling around a suspected CIA wig, a Moscow “diplomat,” and a publicly-outed, dusty-desk-in-a-basement-bound former CIA station chief, it’d probably be nice to review Mendez’ basic rules for espionage.

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The Joe Piscopo Show – Jonna Mendez discussing the current situation with the US and Iran

Jonna Mendez discussing the current situation with the US and Iran

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