Am höchsten bewertete kritische Rezension
Flag Waving At Its Worst
am 10. Januar 2000
"The Master of Disguise" is a boring read and offers nothing beyond tired flag waving and Mendez's relentless self-congratulatory back slapping of his accomplishments.
So...if you want to read why Antonio Mendez thinks he's cool, this is the book for you! Mendez spends the majority of the book (and no, I didn't finish it because it was so annoying) talking about his accomplishments with the CIA: his CIA intelligence star, his successful missions, etc...
All this would be well and good if his story was interesting, but it's not. How'd you like to read page after page about how he learned how to counterfeit foreign currencies working for the CIA in the 60s-70s? It's about as exciting a reading the telephone book.
And if you're looking for an inside skinny on how the Agency works, don't look here either. The contents of the book itself have been totally sanitized. What about Langely now? Zero. What goes on at the Agency? Zilch. Nothing is specific. Nothing is revealed. And, no, I wasn't expecting him to violate national security by telling us true secrets.
Sadly, Mendez's anecodtes are tired and well-worn. Looking to hear about intelligence in the 70s and 80s? Well, he's got tons of boring stories about playing tailing games in Moscow (oooh, frightening!) and dressing up some people in foreign countries to smuggle them out of the country (ooooh, a mask...I never would have thought of that).
All in all, this is a tired, boring story. Any episode from "Hart To Hart" or "Magnum P.I." offers more intrigue and insight into the workings of intelligence officers. If you're looking for a good book about the CIA and covert operations, try "Rainbow Six" by Tom Clancy. It's fictional, but an amazing read.
I'm not unpatriotic, this book is just terrible. And that's some "intelligence" you can rely on.