The Pocket Guide to Spy Stuff

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Spies are cool. There’s no getting around it. Whether you’re talking James Bond’s seduction- and gadget-heavy swagger or Ethan Hunt’s all-action derring-do, they make the life of a spy seem pretty amazing.

The Pocket Guide to Spy Stuff brings spydom back to earth a bit (or, at least, low earth orbit), offering historical facts about the art of spycraft and some of the most bizarre spy stories from history. Of course, it does so with tongue firmly placed in cheek, lampooning both the Hollywood glitz and the weirdest true-life moments (like Castro’s exploding cigars).

Written like an overly confident and hyperactive tip book for the aspiring spy, The Pocket Guide to Spy Stuff is relentlessly silly, even if it couches itself in plenty of real-life spy history and procedure. Covering everything from surveillance and disguises to the art of assassination and cases where animals were used in spycraft, this book somehow manages to be incredibly informative, super-goofy, and a very fun read. You might not be ready to take out foreign dictators after one read-through, but at least you’ll know what not to do.

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Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 216 pages
Publisher Gibbs Smith
Publish Date 2018-08-14
ISBN 9781423649823 Buy this Book
Issue Mar-19
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