Double Cross: Deception Techniques in War

Being a history buff and a Mom of mostly boys I was excited to get this one. Starting with battles described in the Bible Paul describes in detail the techniques that won each battle or war up to the Gulf Wars. After reading so many books about World War 2 last Fall I loved the section describing just how the US used double agents to convince the Germans that the Allied forces were staging in Iceland to invade Finland. The US even went as far as having fake insignia made for the supposed unit and placing the picture in National Geographic thus proving the double agent trustworthy.

In between chapters, there are sidebars of information such as ciphers and codes. Readers can get more on this from this author’s Top Secret: A Handbook of Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing, Candlewick 2006 which we ordered after reading this book. The DRC that I read was weirdly formatted and I’m going to check the hardcover out of the library for a re-read and to see the pictures.

Anyone of any age interested in the history of the deception of war will find this fascinating. It includes source notes, a bibliography, and an index.

Homeschoolers should note that you could cherry pick the chapters to read aloud based on the historical time period that you are studying.

 I read this DRC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Double Cross: Deception Techniques in War

April 25, 2017

by Paul B. Janeczko

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