Assassins, Traitors, and Spies
Assassins, Traitors, and Spies
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Annotation: Tells about history's most terrible assassins, traitors, and spies who sold secrets to enemy governments, murdered presidents, and fought for military groups that attacked the United States.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #73674
Format: Library Binding
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2013
Pages: 32 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-467-70608-6
ISBN 13: 978-1-467-70608-7
Dewey: 920
LCCN: 2012013841
Dimensions: 25 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
From Benedict Arnold and Lee Harvey Oswald to less notorious figures such as "Anna Chapman" (born Anna Vasil'yevna Kushchyenko, though the author doesn't challenge less able readers by mentioning that) and John Walker Lindh, this entry in the Shock Zone: Villains series introduces a dozen baddies l American or at least working in this country. Writing in an informal tone ("Arnold started out as an OK guy"), Landau provides a quick description of each malfeasant's career, capture, and fate, as well as at least superficial analyses of their motives. The breezy prose, illustrations that mix documentary photos with posed shots and movie stills, and a reading list heavy on spy "manuals" make this better suited to recreational reading rather than research. Which kids may prefer.
Horn Book
This series presents brief biographical vignettes of some of the world's most notorious villains. The chatty, informal writing style is entertaining, but the gruesome anecdotes and graphic illustrations aren't for the faint-hearted. The authors' selections are largely lesser-known villainous figures (Hitler, Pol Pot, and Henry VIII are not included). Period art, archival photographs, and text boxes fill the pages. Reading list, websites. Ind.
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School Library Journal
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 30-31) and index.
Word Count: 3,520
Reading Level: 4.5
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.5 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 156744 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.2 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q60558
Lexile: 670L

James Bond may be one of the good guys, but the spies in this book definitely aren't--nor are the traitors and assassins! Crack open this book to uncover more secrets about history's most terrible assassins, traitors, and spies.

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