Secret American People: From Secret Societies to Secret Agents

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America is filled with mysterious people, and they’re not sharing their secrets. Do government workers listen to your private conversations? Are secret societies trying to take over the world? Learn about the answers to these questions and more in Secret American People.
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America is filled with mysterious people, and they’re not sharing their secrets. Do government workers listen to your private conversations? Are secret societies trying to take over the world? Learn about the answers to these questions and more in Secret American People.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy DaPolito
The organizations described in this brief book include private associations, government agencies, and one mysterious group that may not actually exist. The first group to be discussed is the Sons of Liberty, an association of American colonists who fought against what they considered unfair British taxes and laws. These men included such patriots as Paul Revere and Samuel Adams. Other famous American leaders, such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Theodore Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Ronald Reagan, belonged to the Freemasons. Members of this society use secret rituals in their meetings, but openly affirm their participation in the organization. The Skull and Bones Society, begun at Yale University in 1832, invites fifteen of the university's most successful students to join each year. Most members are also successful in later life, and their ranks include former U. S. presidents William Taft, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush. One secret criminal organization is referred to as the Mob or the Mafia, a group currently involved in such activities as sales of drugs and illegal weapons. The Secret Service is a government agency charged with protecting the president from assassination and with investigating crimes involving money and computers. Two other government agencies, the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, gather information intended to keep the United States secure from terrorists and knowledgeable about the internal workings of foreign governments. An even more mysterious and probably nonexistent group is referred to as the Men in Black, men in dark suits who are rumored to intimidate people who report Unidentified Flying Objects to the police.The final group, the mole people, consists of thousands of people who live in New York City's empty subway tunnels. The text, thoroughly illustrated with photographs and drawings, is followed by a nine-item glossary, a three-item reading list, a link to Internet sites related to the book, and an index. The book is part of the "Secret America" series. Reviewer: Judy DaPolito
School Library Journal
Gr 3–4—An extremely broad definition of "secret" is used as a vehicle to discuss bits of American legend and trivia concerning little-known—or locally known—people, places, or things. Nine two- or three-page chapters briefly sketch the history of the topic. People discusses the Freemasons, the Mole People, and the CIA. History includes Roanoke, the Underground Railroad, and McCarthyism. The book limits the life of the Underground Railroad from 1810 to 1840, when it operated well into the 1860s. McCarthyism is limited to the 1940s, but it ran rampant well into the 1950s. Places includes Roswell, NM, the Great Lakes Triangle, and Area 51. In Treasures, children learn about Fort Knox, Grant Wood's American Gothic, and Route 66. It states that the original U.S. flag raised on Iwo Jima was taken as a souvenir. According to James Bradley and Ron Powers's Flags of Our Fathers (Delacorte, 2001), this is not the case. Though parts of all of the texts are based on fact, much of their content is based on speculation. The black-and-white and color photos and a few paintings are mediocre. Most captions repeat information in the text and each title ends abruptly. Children are encouraged to search their local library and the Internet to find more "secrets," but are given no direction about how to do so. These books might make intriguing reading for some youngsters, but their limited content makes them marginal purchases.—Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429633611
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Series: Secret America Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: IG790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris lives in Danvers, Massachusetts, in the neighborhood where the Salem Witch Trials occurred. He lives there with his wife, daughter, son, and two cats, Molly and Murray, and enjoys spending time with his family. When Chris is not writing, he is busy teaching middle school students in Natick, Massachusetts, reading, playing guitar, or learning more about his favorite subject, American history.
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Table of Contents

Keeping Secrets 4

1 The Sons of Liberty 6

2 The Freemasons 8

3 Skull and Bones Society 12

4 The Mob 14

5 The Secret Service 16

6 The National Security Agency 18

7 The Central Intelligence Agency 20

8 Men in Black 24

9 The Mole People 26

Uncovering New Secrets 29

Glossary 30


Internet Sites 31

Index 32

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