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Spies: The Secret Showdown Between America and Russia

By: Marc Favreau

The Cold War spanned five decades as America and the USSR engaged in a battle of ideologies with global ramifications. Over the course of the war, with the threat of mutually assured nuclear destruction looming, billions of dollars and tens of thousands of lives were devoted to the art and practice of spying, ensuring that the world would never be the same.

Rife with intrigue and filled with fascinating historical figures whose actions shine light on both the past and present, this timely work of narrative nonfiction explores the turbulence of the Cold War through the lens of the men and women who waged it behind closed doors, and helps explain the role secret and clandestine operations have played in America's history and its national security.

Key facts and the KGB and CIA. Information about Russian espionage and the CIA since the end of the Cold War. Cold War time line. Cold War glossary. Glossary of key espionage techniques. Notes. Selected primary sources. Selected bibliography. Index. Black-and-white photographs.

ISBN: 9780316545921

JLG Release: Mar 2020


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: History of the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) , Soviet Union , History of the KGB (Komitet gosudarstvennoi bezopasnosti) , Espionage , Cold War (1947–1991) , US–Soviet Union relations

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Favreau examines the Cold War with close-ups of specific spies (American and Russian) and their techniques, trials, and repercussions. Explanations of key events that led to the Cold War are easy to understand and are presented in chronological order, starting with the arms race. Photographs are used carefully at the beginning or end of chapters to Favreau examines the Cold War with close-ups of specific spies (American and Russian) and their techniques, trials, and repercussions. Explanations of key events that led to the Cold War are easy to understand and are presented in chronological order, starting with the arms race. Photographs are used carefully at the beginning or end of chapters to put faces to the names being discussed. At times, the text reads almost like a thrilling gossip column for history buffs and those interested in the suspense of espionage, but at other times the names of people are hard to keep track of and the narrative becomes a little dry. Overall, Favreau’s research is excellent; his previous works earned him a spot in the nonfiction canon for older students. The end of the book shares approachable synopses including a Cold War time line, glossaries for both the Cold War and key espionage techniques, and a notes section, as well as a primary sources list and a bibliography for further research. An engaging work of narrative nonfiction that young history buffs and future CIA agents are sure to eat up.

Book Details

ISBN

9780316545921

First Release

March 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

327.127304709

Trim Size

5 3/4" x 8 1/2"

Page Count

320

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Little, Brown BFYR

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

History of the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), Soviet Union, History of the KGB (Komitet gosudarstvennoi bezopasnosti), Espionage, Cold War (1947–1991), US–Soviet Union relations,

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