Moderator: Jackie Weld interviews Antonio Mendez, who will discuss Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History from 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM. Many know about the 52 Americans who were held hostage for 444 days in Tehran after militants stormed the embassy in November 1979. But often forgotten are the six other Americans who were working for the government and not taken hostage that day. Mendez, played in the film by actor director Ben Affleck, is the mastermind behind the plan that set the Secret Six free. Argo is a taut, entertaining political thriller based on previously-classified, real-life events that could be titled, “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran.”
Janet Wallach, author of The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age,- tells the story of Gilded Age millionaires, Hetty Green, who when she died in 1916, was worth about $100 million dollars, equal to about $2.5 billion today. Abandoned at birth by her neurotic mother, scorned by her misogynist father, Hetty set out to prove her value. Following the simple rules of her wealthy Quaker father, she successfully invested her money and, along the way, proved to herself that she was wealthy and therefore worthy. Wallach's engrossing exploration of this complex woman reveals striking parallels between repeated past financial crises and today's recession woes.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Author breakfasts are held in The Ballroom at Café Boulud. Reservations are required and tickets are nonrefundable. Tickets are $100 plus tax per person and include breakfast, valet parking and a copy of the featured book. For reservations and information call Sandra Rodriguez at (561) 366-4301 or email SRodriguez@BrazilianCourt.com.