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Code Breakers and Spies of the Civil War

. 9781502638472. Small, Cathleen. Code Breakers and Spies of World War II. ISBN 9781502638533.ea vol: 80p. (Code Breakers and Spies). further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Cavendish Square.Aug. 2018. lib. ed. $37.07.
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Gr 8 Up—Bringing a fascinating perspective on a range of (mostly European and American) historical events, this series will reward readers with an interest in espionage, including detailed historical portrayals of George Washington's Culper Ring of spies, crucial to the American Revolution, and the use of homing pigeons in the First World War. Some material recurs in multiple volumes. Accounts of the British cracking of the Nazi Enigma code, for example, is central to the World War II narrative, but also is background to the one on the Cold War. However, each title stands alone, with lengthy exposition of history and context. Though rich with clearly written text, all of the books make abundant use of illustrations, including contemporaneous and stock photographs, as well as reproductions of paintings and drawings where appropriate. Back matter includes detailed bibliographies, as well as suggestions for further reading.
VERDICT Highly recommended for middle and high schools, especially for reference and research.

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