Secret Services

Secret Services

by Anne Rooney

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Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
Who employs spies? Even spies have a home office. A country's government is usually the employer and the location of the headquarters, or the "secret service," is as veiled as the work of the spies themselves. These headquarters plan and supervise special operations deployed to work behind enemy lines in times of war, and direct undercover activities in times of peace. The era of the Cold War brought new intensity to the search for secret information and new methods of spying were developed, including the use of spy satellites and suborbital aircraft. Citizens spied on each other, reporting back through special contacts to the secret services in the USSR and East Germany. On the home front, secret services join with national and local police to catch criminals. Such efforts, on an international level, can lead to the capture of persons accused of war crimes, leading to their extradition and trial. Secret services also work to rescue hostages and interrupt terrorist plots. 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." Mini-biographies summarize spies' careers, famous and infamous, which add a personal note. 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 0.30(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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