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Famous Spies

Famous Spies

by Honor Head

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Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
The secret to successful spying is to remain anonymous and forgettable. So it is often history that identifies spies. Although not represented individually, some of the most famous early spies were the Japanese ninja warriors who formed a network, a system also used by early Indian, Japanese and Chinese emperors. In a similar manner, the Mongols used traveling merchants to bring back information about the countries they were preparing to invade. Belle Boyd and Harriet Tubman, both of whom became well known for their skill and daring, spied for opposing sides during the Civil War. Mata Hari and Sydney Reilly operated during WWI until they were discovered. The quintessential spy of books and movies, James Bond, was based on the real spy, Dusko Popov. As recently as the 1980s, a double agent, Oleg Gordievsky, escaped from Russia with the help of Britain's MI6 after his work as a spy was revealed. The picture book format uses colorful photographs, portraits and graphics that blend with muted background tones to highlight short paragraphs and sidebars labeled "Spy File" and "Top Secret" that summarize information related to the spies' careers. The closing pages include a glossary, an index and a list of related web sites. This book is one in the "Spies and Spying" series, intended to energize students' interest in history and current events. It would be a good addition to a middle school history class or library. Reviewer: Hazel Buys

Product Details

Black Rabbit Books
Publication date:
Spies and Spying Series
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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