In the secret world of espionage, nothing is quite as it seems. Allies are not to be trusted; friends may prove anything but; and unforeseen circumstances may turn enemies into reliable comrades. If anything, the reality of espionage is altogether more fascinating than the fiction. No self-respecting writer, for example, would have a character attempt to assassinate a world leader with a cigar, yet real intelligence agencies have tried this strategy! For children, the world of spies is at once thrilling and puzzling. The dangerous, exciting lives of secret agents fascinate them, and provide endless potential for fantasy and improvisation. Spies explores both sides of espionage. It traces the origins of the spy as a fictional action hero, and compares today's screen and paper spies to the real thing. Fantastic special items integrated into the pages of the book enhance the thrill.