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Children's LiteratureIn a world where international terrorism lurks in the background, it has become necessary for governments to systematically plan appropriate responses to potential terror strikes. As part of such advance planning, the United States government has established a wide range of agencies designed to combat terrorists. Among these are military Special Forces, CIA operatives, intelligence agencies, and local law enforcement bureaus. It is these defense agencies that Samuel M. Katz presents in this illustrated work. In this thoroughly-researched text, the author begins by briefly describing the elements of intelligence planning that American officials have utilized over the years. Katz then moves on to highlight groups such as Delta Force and CIA paramilitary operatives. Along with the author's handling of these more covert operations, there also is a review of how more formal intelligence agencies work to uncover valuable information. Additionally, Katz includes periodic focus sections that depict keynote events in the war on terror. Indeed, these sidebar discussions of happenings in this global struggle are among the more interesting elements of the author's text. Overall, Samuel M. Katz has crafted a book that addresses an important subject and does so in a way that will appeal to younger readers. 2004, Lerner Publications Company, Ages 10 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck