Capitalizing on the always-popular subject of espionage, the International Spy Museum of Washington, DC, has teamed with National Geographic to create this follow-up to their Handbook of Practical Spying. This lightweight book offers 62 "spyographies" arranged chronologically within ten themed chapters (e.g., "Spymasters," "Femmes Fatales," "Spycatchers"). The best-known spies from the 16th century (e.g., Christopher Marlowe) to today (e.g., Aldrich Ames) are covered. Some of those included were not really spies but were just part of the espionage game (e.g., George Washington and Alan Turing). The profiles, written by Shugaar (translator of Maurizio Viroli's Niccol 's Smile: A Biography of Machiavelli), are too brief often only a page long to give anything but a few highpoints in the person's life, though each is accompanied by an illustration. The absence of an index or a bibliography, not to mention the book's style (e.g., Oliver North's profile is subtitled "Covert Shredder, Above the Law"), suggests that this work is not meant as an objective reference source. While appropriate for gift shops and bookstores, it is not recommended for libraries, which should do just fine with whatever encyclopedias and dictionaries they already own, such as Harry Thayer Mahoney and Marjorie Locke Mahoney's Biographic Dictionary of Espionage or Norman Polmar and Thomas B. Allen's The Encyclopedia of Espionage. Daniel K. Blewett, Coll. of DuPage Lib., Glen Ellyn, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.