Every other Tuesday, we highlight content that’s trending on Top Reads, our live snapshot of what’s popular on the Readability platform.
Ben Affleck’s third film, Argo, walks the line between thrilling escape and political intrigue, with some Hollywood critique thrown in for good measure. Best of all, it’s based on a true—and recently declassified—story.
Our friends at Longform recently highlighted a Wired article that came out after the daring affair was made public, and it’s held a spot on Top Reads ever since. Digging deeper into our stats, we spotted plenty of other CIA-related articles that have been trending on the Web. Coincidence? Probably. But just because you’re paranoid, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read these articles.
Here’s more on the real events behind Argo, and other cloak-and-dagger tales from the last two weeks of Top Reads:
- “The Great Escape“, an article originally published in Wired, tells the declassified story that the film Argo is based on.
- Smithsonian magazine tells us the story of Douglas Groat, a CIA break-in specialist, in “The CIA Burglar Who Went Rogue“
- Vanity Fair profiles Erik Prince, former CIA assassin and the head of Xe (which you may know as Blackwater), in “Tycoon, Contractor, Soldier, Spy“
- In 1977, Carl Bernstein investigated the relationships between the CIA and media, publishing his findings in the Rolling Stone cover story “The CIA and the Media“
Want to read through all these articles? We’ve pulled them together into a handy Readlist you can read and highlight on your iPhone, iPad, Kindle, or other ePub-compatible reading device with the click of a button.
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