Hoodwinked: Deception and Resistance

Hoodwinked: Deception and Resistance

by Stephen Shapiro, David Craig, Tina Forrester

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A history of World War II detailing the elaborate ruses, military fakery, and disinformation used by the Allied forces and resistance fighters in occupied Europe.


A history of World War II detailing the elaborate ruses, military fakery, and disinformation used by the Allied forces and resistance fighters in occupied Europe.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist - Roger Leslie
Unique and exceptional... focuses on specific stories of deception that the Allied forces used to outwit the Axis powers and win the war... blow-by-blow details of ingenious tricks... narrative of each story will engage readers like a clever mystery.
Canadian Materials - Thomas F. Chambers
The book is well illustrated throughout with full-page paintings and archival photos.... The layout is attractive and should appeal to young readers. Readers in the age group for whom the book is targeted should have little difficulty understanding the text. It is very easy to read and suitable for classroom use. Recommended.
Children's Literature
The second offering of the Canadian series, "Outwitting the Enemy: Stories from the Second World War," is a fascinating foray into Allied uses of deception and resistance. Entertainingly written essays cover little known ruses (little-known because many of them were not revealed until the past decade), such as the U.S. Navy's B.J.s, or Beach Jumpers. This elite amphibious combat unit was inspired by mock British raids and championed by movie star Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., who won a Bronze Star for his combat role in it. Then again, what about the Ghost Army? These were special troops made up of actors and artists who replaced army units and specialized in tricking the Germans with inflated rubber tanks and mock artillery! The book is filled with such ruses, but also covers embarrassing mistakes, as well as information on partisan and resistance movements. The sidebars and photos are well-chosen for explicating the background of various campaigns within the overall war effort, while artist David Craig's maps and full-page illustrations add to the drama. Hoodwinked is a good choice for both history units and reluctant readers. 2004, Annick Press, Ages 10 up.
—Kathleen Karr

Product Details

Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
Outwitting the Enemy: Stories from World War II Series
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 10.50(h) x (d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Stephen Shapiro is a lifelong aficionado of military history, and a recipient of the Canadian War Museum History Award.

Tina Forrester is a researcher and writer on a broad spectrum of subjects. Her previous works include Ultra Hush-Hush, and The Birthday Book.

Illustrator David Craig is highly skilled at depicting historical events and people. His previous works include the dramatic illustrations in the children's books Attack on Pearl Harbor and First to Fly: How Wilbur and Orville Wright Invented the Airplane. The latter title won the 2003 James Madison Book Award.

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