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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.

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LATEST NEWS

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History News Network

History News Network – The Cold War Spy and CIA Master of Disguise Writing the History of CIA Tactics in the Cold War

Jonna Mendez is a former Chief of Disguise with over twenty-five years of experience as a CIA officer working in Moscow and other sensitive areas.

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'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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WP Retropod – The Painter Who Became the CIA’s Master of Disguise

The spy business is all about masking the truth. One CIA agent’s deceptions and sham identities were so enterprising that he earned the nickname “Master of Disguise.”

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WTOP Podcast USA – Target USA – Episode 172: Jonna Mendez, former CIA chief of disguise talks about her book, ‘The Moscow Rules’

In an interview with “Intelligence Matters” host and CBS News senior national security contributor Michael Morell, Mendez, who spent nearly 30 years at the agency before retiring in 1993, said the disguises she and teams around the world would create in the agency’s Office of Technical Service could be life-saving.

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Intelligence Matters Podcast. CIA's former chief of disguise Jonna Mendez on how to hide spies

Intelligence Matters – CIA’s former chief of disguise Jonna Mendez on how to hide spies

In an interview with “Intelligence Matters” host and CBS News senior national security contributor Michael Morell, Mendez, who spent nearly 30 years at the agency before retiring in 1993, said the disguises she and teams around the world would create in the agency’s Office of Technical Service could be life-saving.

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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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