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A chilling journey through the dark, mysterious underworld of cults, gangs, & secret clans from the Ninjas of Japan to the Sicilian Mafia. This book separates reality from fantasy, looking at extraordinary lives made more extraordinary by embellishment from writers & filmmakers. Enter a strange world where gangsters get put in prison for not paying their taxes, cult members castrate their victims, & secret languages are part of everyday life. From Hassan the Assassin to Al Capone, this book tells you the way it really was & is. Can you face the Fact or Fiction challenge? True or false: French beggars organized a national Mafia in the 15th century? There really were Ninja warriors in medieval Japan? Grown men roll up their trouser legs in secret meetings? Illus.
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Gr 4-6--Illustrated with numerous drawings, reproductions, and full-color photos, these series entries discuss the fact and fiction behind their topics. In brief paragraphs, the texts present a blend of historical information, popular beliefs, myths, fictional characters, books, and movies. Although they will not fill report needs, these titles are visually appealing and include lively writing that will attract readers. Conquerors & Explorers is arranged chronologically, beginning with Greek exploration and concluding with a double-page spread on space. Secret Societies looks at heretics, criminal gangs, cults, and militia groups. These titles will be popular with reluctant readers and browsers.
Ann M. Burlingame, North Regional Library, Raleigh, NC
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Book Description Copper Beech Books, 2006. Condition: New. McRae Books (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0756799244
Book Description Copper Beech Books, 2006. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 48 pages. 11.10x8.40x0.40 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # 0756799244