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The SIS and Other British Spies

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Tales of daring secret operatives and risky plots are not just the stuff of movies. There are real Spies around the World at work every day. This series investigates the espionage agencies of four countries, tracking their histories of intelligence gathering and spotlighting some of the most famous—or infamous—missions and associated participants. Fictional spies from popular culture are contrasted with their real-life counterparts, while historical photos give witness to the true and sometimes incredible actions...

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Overview

Tales of daring secret operatives and risky plots are not just the stuff of movies. There are real Spies around the World at work every day. This series investigates the espionage agencies of four countries, tracking their histories of intelligence gathering and spotlighting some of the most famous—or infamous—missions and associated participants. Fictional spies from popular culture are contrasted with their real-life counterparts, while historical photos give witness to the true and sometimes incredible actions of everyday spies.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
In 1909 the British established an intelligence agency that was to serve them in good stead for decades. The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) was founded to gather information about internal and external threats to the national interests of Great Britain. Over the next century the SIS had both enormous successes and startling failures. Here, in this volume of the author's four book series designed to catalog the history of leading intelligence agencies across the globe, readers will learn a great deal about the ways spies have served the British government. In telling this story author Goodman begins by tracing earlier spying initiatives carried out by British operatives. Then, Goodman moves forward to spying efforts, espionage training, and the gadgets and techniques used by British spies over time. In addition, the author traces noteworthy SIS successes and failures that affected events both great and small in nature. Of particular interest are portions of the book that detail the complex ways in which spies gather information, transmit it, and then operate beneath the surface of events in order to maintain their cover. This combination of data, storytelling, and historical research makes The SIS and Other British Spies an interesting and informative book that will appeal to youngsters with any interest in espionage. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Focused more on the histories of spying organizations, each title looks at a different agency, making references to popular culture (e.g., the work of the CIA is compared to the "Bourne" trilogy) and showing the difference between reality and movies. While not adding career how-to's, the volumes showcase famous spies from history, going back to the origins of each agency, as well as "Tools of the Trade" and major cases. The design mimics files folders, and large archival and color photographs correspond well to the texts. Sidebars deliver additional information and extensive indexes make the titles easy to use for quick facts. Strong beginning-to-end reads.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898129724
  • Publisher: Creative Company, The
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Series: Spies Around the World Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,406,614
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapters

Introduction 9

A Culture of Secrecy 10

Working for the Firm 19

Tactical Matters 24

Super-and Surprising-Spies 32

Spy Tales 39

Evolution of Espionage

Queen Elizabeth's Spymaster 12

Bond, Sidney Bond? 15

Breaking the Code 16

Taking Risks 20

Double Agents 33

War at the Bottom of the World 36

Legoland 43

Plot against Saddam 44

Endnotes 46

Web Sites 47

Selected Bibliography 47

Index 48

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