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Spies: The Undercover World of Secrets, Gadgets and Lies

by David Owen
     
 

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An illustrated guide to the deadly world of espionage.

Agents, double agents and multiple agents are vital to waging war successfully and they often help nations avoid war altogether. Spies have affected the outcomes of wars and crucial battles throughout history.

Spies exposes the secret successes and public failures of intelligence gathering

Overview

An illustrated guide to the deadly world of espionage.

Agents, double agents and multiple agents are vital to waging war successfully and they often help nations avoid war altogether. Spies have affected the outcomes of wars and crucial battles throughout history.

Spies exposes the secret successes and public failures of intelligence gathering and operations from ancient times to the current war on terrorism.

Using easy-to-follow illustrated case studies and sidebar features, Spies reveals the behind-the-scenes stories of famous spies, international secrets, betrayals and bravery in the long history of spying.

The book describes in exciting detail:

  • The art of spy tradecraft
  • Techniques spies use to gather and send secrets
  • Devices used to steal state secrets
  • How agents survive in hostile environments
  • Whether or not spies like James Bond really exist.

Today, sophisticated digital and space-based technology gathers untold amounts of raw data. Yet far from rendering the spy on the ground obsolete, human intelligence is more vital than ever to separate the truth from the deception.

Spies is a factual and fascinating look into a dangerous world where nothing is what it appears to be.

Editorial Reviews

Resource Links - Janet Toope
A fascinating look at the real world of a spy... photographs, many of which are historic, contribute greatly... very student friendly and appealing.
Canadian Materials - Thomas F. Chambers
An exciting book to read... young readers with vivid imaginations, and older readers too, should enjoy it... profusely illustrated... Highly recommended.
Library Media Connection - Dian Boysen
If students want to be secret agents, this is the book for them... Twenty-four actual case files are included, both the successes and failures, so the reader learns first hand what really happens... Recommended.
Publishers Weekly
Aspiring James Bonds and Charlie's Angels can spirit away an in-depth look into the origins of espionage in Spies: The Undercover World of Secrets, Gadgets and Lies by David Owen. "Code Breaking," "Fakes and Frauds" and other chapters combine with actual case studies of covert ops, double-crosses and international networks that span from the Revolutionary War to September 11. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
KLIATT
With a foreword by Antonio J. Mendez, the CIA's former Master of Disguise, this book takes readers through the history of spying, from spies of the American Revolution to the 9/11 tragedy. Owen reports on code breaking, electronic secrets, airborne intelligence, satellites, and espionage in the 21st century. The numerous photographs of spies and equipment will fascinate readers interested in this topic. While some readers may not choose to read the book from cover to cover, the many photographs, complete with detailed captions, provide much information. Also most interesting are the case studies that follow each chapter. These are short stories of true events in espionage history. This book would be helpful for research on spies, or any specific event covered in the book. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2003, Firefly, 128p. illus. index., Ages 12 to 18.
—Anne Tormohlen
VOYA
This fascinating work covers espionage as a whole, with particular emphasis on the work of individual spies. Although the majority of the book, including almost all of the twenty case studies, focuses on well-documented acts of espionage during the twentieth century, acts of espionage from such times as the American Revolution and eighteenth-century Europe are mentioned as well. Recent events, such as the destruction of the World Trade Center and the search for Osama bin Laden, also are included. James Bond merits a few pages as the "ultimate" spy. Each chapter covers a different area of espionage, from codes and code breaking to satellites and the use of deception, explaining how the area developed and how it has been used by spies to accomplish their goals. Side sections cover specific gadgets and techniques that allow spies to function. Numerous photographs make the book eye catching, and the writing makes it a fast but engrossing read. The topic is covered in just enough depth to satisfy casual interest or basic research. The book is an excellent first resource although a bibliography or further reading section would have made it even more useful, as this book could lead teens to seek more in-depth information about the people or events mentioned. Teens will pick it up for the cover alone. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2004, Firefly, 128p.; Glossary. Index. Photos., PLB and Trade pb. Ages 11 to 15.
—Teresa Copeland
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Owen delves in to the real world of espionage and double agents. More than 20 case studies demonstrate the effect spying has had since 1940, concentrating on World War II but also mentioning the 1990 Gulf War and spying attempts on Osama bin Laden through 2001. Color and black-and-white photos appear on every page, showing the figures and events that highlight the ever-changing world of spies. This is a slick, colorful book, similar in format to Owen's Hidden Evidence (Firefly, 2000). It has the look of a beginner's guide to this undercover world, but the writing assumes a better reader with some prior knowledge. Teens will find a great deal of intriguing information, along with wonderful photos. Social studies teachers will find a wealth of material to support their curriculums, as well.-Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552977941
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
07/03/2004
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,218,049
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

David Owen writes extensively on military deception, electronic intelligence, and computer crime. He is the author of Hidden Evidence and Final Frontier.

Antonio J. Mendez is a retired CIA agent and author. He is a consultant to the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. and was recognized as one of the CIA's top agents.

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