The Secret Is Out: True Spy Stories

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Highlights the daring escapades of such spies as Mata Hari, Lawrence of Arabia, Fritz Kolbe, Belle Boyd, and Kim Philby.

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Grade 5 Up-- Eleven true spy stories that have been simplified for lazy and undiscerning readers. Most of the accounts are distilled to ten pages or less, flatly written without transitional words or phrases. Sentences--all about the same length--follow one another bluntly, and paragraphs rarely connect gracefully. Some chapters are more concise and better organized, but all are full of cliches and stilted phraseology. The fictionalized dialogue is sometimes annoyingly anachronistic: ". . . Benedict Arnold is fed up . . .," while Mata Hari says, "I like to think big." With two exceptions, the 12 line drawings neither illustrate the text nor inform readers. Libraries are already full of books about spies and collections of spy stories (including Dulles' Great True Spy Stories Ballantine, 1987) by writers who understand their craft. There's no reason to settle for second-rate material when better quality books are readily available. --Wendy Dellett, formerly at Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Lib . , Washington, DC
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