Spying and the Cold War

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This book, for a lower reading level, tells you all about the Cold War (1945-1991). This was the struggle between the Soviet Union and the United States to control and influence many parts of the world. Using vivid personal accounts, it investigates the intelligence agencies whose spies risked their lives to send secret information It also charts the global impact of the 'war' including the Cuban Missile Crisis, the building and dismantling of the Berlin Wall, and the eventual break-up of the Soviet Union. Find ...
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Overview

This book, for a lower reading level, tells you all about the Cold War (1945-1991). This was the struggle between the Soviet Union and the United States to control and influence many parts of the world. Using vivid personal accounts, it investigates the intelligence agencies whose spies risked their lives to send secret information It also charts the global impact of the 'war' including the Cuban Missile Crisis, the building and dismantling of the Berlin Wall, and the eventual break-up of the Soviet Union. Find out: What was the Iron Curtain? What were American U-2 planes used for? What did double agents do?
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-These books examine a number of important historical conflicts from the point of view of the American people in the midst of the struggle. Each text is set up in a reader-friendly fashion, with information divided into small sections with clear headings. Many photographs, illustrations, and fact boxes appear on every page. However, a sidebar on the opening spread entitled "Find out later" might be confusing to readers who do not have the skills to read through the entire text to locate answers. The books tend to include information not readily found in most textbooks. Elementary students often struggle with the meaning and causes of the Cold War, and Burgan effectively explains its beginnings and workings. World War II personalizes the conflict by introducing readers to many actual soldiers and their stories, from cooks to bombers who carried out missions, even when gravely wounded. Civil Rights information for children is often limited to the well-known personalities of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks. Fitzgerald covers many more issues, including the Freedom Riders, and introduces readers to other individuals important to this cause. Many students will find themselves reading these accessible and heavily illustrated texts for their own interest as well as for reports.-Anne L. Tormohlen, Deerfield Elementary School, Lawrence, KS Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410922021
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Series: On the Front Line Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,548,687
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. He has also written fiction and adapted classic novels. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection. Michael has also worked as an editor at Weekly Reader, the classroom news magazine used in schools across the United States. Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in history. When not writing for kids, he enjoys writing plays, and his works have been staged across the United States. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.
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