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Children's Literature - Amber Hurt
Overall, this is a comprehensive and evenhanded introduction to the CIA. Hamilton starts with history and finishes with the future. There is also a delineation of the CIA pre and post September 11, 2001. A timeline and "fun facts" are included after the introduction. Other chapters look at the workings of the CIA, different kinds of intelligence, and jobs at the CIA. There are more chapters, but they fall under the workings of the CIA. A glossary is also included. Aside from a cartoonish drawing on the "Fun Facts" page, the book is illustrated with relevant photographs. From a diversity standpoint, the photographs are lacking. Only two photographs feature women, and the only non-Caucasian person is one of these women. It can be argued this lack of diversity is due to the past lack of diversity in the upper levels of government. While that argument is valid, it would be nice to see more inclusive photographs, especially since Hamilton's text is fairly gender neutral. The other, more minor flaw, involves the glossary. The words chosen for definitions seem random, and the pronunciation guides for some of the words are not quite right. It also would have been nice to see CIA jargon included in the glossary—as it is, the jargon is not set apart from the rest of the text, which could be confusing. This is part of the "Defending the Nation" series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596797567
  • Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Series: Defending the Nation Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.95 (w) x 7.85 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents

The Central Intelligence Agency     4
Timeline     6
Fun Facts     7
History of the CIA     8
How Does the CIA Work?     10
Kinds of Intelligence     14
The Intelligence Cycle     16
CIA Headquarters     20
Jobs at the CIA     22
Organization     24
The Future of the CIA     28
Glossary     30
Web Sites     31
Index     32
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