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Title:
Ultimate spy
Author:
Melton, H. Keith (Harold Keith), 1944-
Edition:
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
New York : DK Pub., 2002.
Physical Description:
208 pages ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780789489722
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

The insider's guide to the secret world of espionage in a revised, expanded edition. From the Civil War to the present day, learn about famous spies throughout history, how they were recruited, and what really happened in some of their most daring missions in history. With more than 600 full-color photographs and illustrations, detailed accounts of formerly secret operations, descriptions of spy equipment and techniques used to gather information, The Ultimate Spy is the insider's guide to the secret world of espionage.


Author Notes

H. Keith Melton is a renowned historian and specialist in clandestine devices and equipment. He is recognized internationally as an authority on espionage tradecraft and has amassed an unparalleled collection of spy devices, books, and images of famous spies. Part of his amazing private collection is on permanent display inside the Central Intelligence Agency. He lives in Jupiter, Florida.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

At once newly relevant in the age of Homeland Security, and eternally fascinating by dint of its sneakiness, the espionage game find concise historical and taxonomical representation in this revised edition of the 1996 original, a picture book of spy tools through the ages. Proceeding from the Civil War to the Hanssen era, each page follows the same formula of coupling flat photographs of the implements of spying with bite-size descriptions running alongside. Among the gadgets profiled are the "induction telephone tap" (a device clamped to an external phone cable for difficult-to-detect tapping) and the "rectal tool kit" (a lozenge-shaped plastic case containing, among other things, a saw blade, grinding tool and drill bit, all packaged for discrete transport). An introduction by former Director of the CIA Helms lends a certain adult credibility to this photo-encyclopedia, but really it seems aimed at the inner child lurking in every war buff and Robert Ludlum-ite in business class. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Designed in typical DK fashion, with numerous color photographs, this accessible pictorial overview of the world of spying will readily attract browsers. The broad chapter headings are subdivided into two- and four-page subtopics. Each chapter kicks off with an introductory spread, featuring white text on a black background. Captions are generally informative. Not much has changed in this volume compared with the previous edition. One subtopic has been deleted, while two new ones have been added, and about a half-dozen photos and biographic sidebars in the third edition have been replaced with newer ones (including one of Edward Snowden). VERDICT An excellent introduction to the darker side of international relations. However, those who own the third edition need not purchase the fourth.-Eldon Younce, Anthony Public Library, KS © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.