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I Lie for a Living: Dossiers on the Great Spies of All Time

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Top Secret is definitely not the right word for the International Spy Museum — its launch in 2002 made news and it has been high-profile ever since, with attendance growing by leaps and bounds. The International Spy Museum Handbook of Practical Spying has already been declassified to the delight of those in the need-to-know. Now, following up on that success, here's an illustrated biographical who's who of spydom from biblical days to recent times. I Lie for a Living is a regular rogue's gallery of history's most accomplished intriguers and intelligence operatives, famous and infamous alike.

It's amazing how colorful some of these characters are, like 16th century playwright, brawler and secret agent Christopher Marlow or Virginia Hall and Josephine Baker, femmes fatales both. Organized into ten thematic chapters, this light-hearted but clear-eyed look at lone-wolf moles, double agents, and intricate triple-crosses unmasks a wide-ranging roster from covert patriots whose unheralded heroism sometimes cost them their lives to mercenary traitors for sale to the highest bidder, like Benedict Arnold or Aldrich Ames.

It's a for-your-eyes-only kind of book, so beware — if you don't watch your back it's a sure bet someone will be reading it over your shoulder.

Book News Annotation:

The executive director of the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC, and the author introduce this gallery of patriots/ traitors (depending on one's perspective) by providing context on their motives and methods. Among the 62 diverse spies profiled are Benjamin Franklin; Erskine Childers, father of the spy novel; Josephine Baker, African-American exotic dancer in World War II- era France; and Oliver North. The book lacks references.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

The executive director of the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC, and the author introduce this gallery of patriots/ traitors (depending on one's perspective) by providing context on their motives and methods. Among the 62 diverse spies profiled are Benjamin Franklin; Erskine Childers, father of the spy novel; Josephine Baker, African-American exotic dancer in World War II- era France; and Oliver North. The book lacks references. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Following up on the popularity of the International Spy Museum, this volume is an illustrated biographical who's who of spydom from biblical days to recent times. Organized into ten thematic chapters, this light-hearted but clear-eyed look at moles, double agents, and intricate triple-crosses unmasks a wide-ranging roster from covert patriots to mercenary traitors.

About the Author

The International Spy Museum in Washington D.C. is the only public museum of its kind in the United States, and the only one in the world to provide a global perspective on this all-but-invisible realm. It features the largest collection of spy-related artifacts and exhibits ever placed on public display.

Peter Earnest, Executive Director of the ISM, spent thirty-six years in the CIA, twenty of those in the Agency's Clandestine Service.

Antony Shugaar is a writer specializing in popular culture and the media. He is the author or coauthor of several books, Memoirs of an Italian Terrorist, Latitude Zero, City that Never Sleeps, City by the Bay, America Discovered, and has written for many publications, including Spy Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Village Voice, The Times of London, New England Monthly, and many more.

Stephen Guarnaccia is the former art director of The New York Times's Op-Ed Page, and his distinctive, quirky style is familiar to millions.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780792253167
Author:
The International Spy Museum
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Illustrator:
Guarnaccia, Steven
Foreword by:
Earnest, Peter
Foreword:
Earnest, Peter
Author:
Shugaar, Antony
Subject:
History
Subject:
Spies
Subject:
Espionage
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Intelligence
Subject:
Espionage -- History.
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Children/juvenile
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 2-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS, 50 PHOTOGRAPHS
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
6.86x5.18x.57 in. .55 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Following up on the popularity of the International Spy Museum, this volume is an illustrated biographical who's who of spydom from biblical days to recent times. Organized into ten thematic chapters, this light-hearted but clear-eyed look at moles, double agents, and intricate triple-crosses unmasks a wide-ranging roster from covert patriots to mercenary traitors.
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