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In True Face

Jonna Mendez

Warwick’s presents
Jonna Mendez

In True Face

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 - 7:30pm PDT

Warwick's
7812 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
In True Face

This event is free and open to the public; free seating is subject to available space on a first-come, first-served basis.

On Tuesday, March 19th at 7:30pm Warwick's will host Jonna Mendez as she discusses and signs her new book, In True Face: A Woman's Life in the Cia, UnmaskedJonna 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. With her late husband Tony Mendez, she is the bestselling coauthor of Argo, The Moscow Rules, and Spy Dust.

Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

Jonna Hiestand Mendez began her CIA career as a "contract wife" performing secretarial duties for the CIA as a convenience to her husband, a young officer stationed in Europe. She needed his permission to open a bank account or shut off the gas to their apartment. Yet Mendez had a talent for espionage, too, and she soon took on bigger and more significant roles at the Agency. She parlayed her interest in photography into an operational role overseas, an unlikely area for a woman in the CIA. Often underestimated, occasionally undermined, she lived under cover and served tours of duty all over the globe, rising first to become an international spy and ultimately to Chief of Disguise at CIA's Office of Technical Service.

In True Face recounts not only the drama of Mendez's high-stakes work—how this savvy operator parlayed her "everywoman" appeal into incredible subterfuge—but also the grit and good fortune it took for her to navigate a misogynistic world. This is the story of an incredible spy career and what it took to achieve it.

In True Face: A Woman's Life in the CIA, Unmasked By Jonna Mendez Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781541703124
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: PublicAffairs - March 5th, 2024