Friday, December 11, 2009

Review: The Real Spy's Guide to Becoming a Spy by Peter Earnest

Created by the founding executive director of the International Spy Museum, who is also a former operative in the CIA’s Clandestine Service, this is the official handbook for kids who dream of one day becoming a spy or working in the intelligence field.

Have you ever wondered what spies really do. What kind of training is involved? Do you have to go to a special school or take a polygraph test? How do you live your “cover”? How does your work life affect your relationships with your friends and family? Is there danger involved?

This fascinating, fact-filled book answers these questions and more while providing a historical timeline, definitions of key terms, suggestions for further reading, an index, quizzes, and exercises to see if you have the right spy stuff.


Received from the publisher for review.


This was a beautiful book with lovely, thick pages. The font was perfect for the material which was presented in a great, dossier format.

The book was very nicely written with a great spy history introduction. It clearly and concisely describes the spy job and lifestyle without being overly simplistic.

This one gets four stars. If I were in the book's target age range (8 - 12) it would definitely rank as five stars! The book was clear, concise, and quite fun and informative. You really felt as if they author truly enjoyed writing it. The material was divided into nicely portioned sections. I definitely recommend this and it would make a lovely gift for spy-curious children.

★★★★ = Really Liked It



3 comments:

Ryan G said...

I have to get this for my son. Thanks Beth!

MoziEsmé said...

This looks like a fun book - I've got some nieces in that age bracket!

Esme said...

Have you ever been to the spy museum in Washington DC?

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