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Bodyguards!: From Gladitors to the Secret Service (Paperback)
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Bodyguards!: From Gladitors to the Secret Service (Paperback)

Paperback 128 Pages / Published: 20/09/2012
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Meet the heroes, villains, and bunglers hired to protect others. We might think of bodyguards as a modern concept, but they've been around since ancient times. The rich, the powerful, the famous, and the infamous have all placed their safety in the hands of bodyguards. From Caesar's Praetorian Guard to Japanese samurai warriors to Wild West outlaws, bodyguards have played a vital role. They've even changed the course of history. There are notorious bodyguards who protect gangsters from the police and those who are paid to shield celebrities from the paparazzi, while others escort children in danger of being kidnapped. In Bodyguards! you'll meet both heroes (like the quick-thinking guard whose spear saved the life of Alexander the Great) and villains (like the elite Hitler Bodyguard, later tried as war criminals), and even some bodyguards who have failed in their job to protect. Brimming with vibrant action-packed illustrations in graphic-novel style, Bodyguards! opens the window on the fascinating stories of those entrusted to protect people's lives.

Publisher: Annick Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781554514366
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 270 g
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 10 mm

Lively, solidly written, and packed with intrigue and betrayal, these entertaining and informative brief anecdotes are organized into themed chapters, such as Bad Guys and Gunmen, When Bodyguards Fail or Betray, and On Assignment. Butts includes a wide variety of bodyguards and both genders. Every continent, with the exception of Australia, is represented... The section on training and responsibility warns readers that a career as a bodyguard is never glamorous and is often downright boring. Plumbe's colorful, comic-book-style illustrations capture moments of tension and high drama... All in all, an engaging book.--Allison Bruce"School Library Journal" (12/01/2012)
Fact-filled, engaging... Sure to light young researchers afire with the desire for further exploration.--Francisca Goldsmith"Booklist" (01/01/2013)
This is the sort of fascinating book you read, then share the best bits with friends.--Francisca Goldsmith"Booklist" (11/15/2012)
[A] fascinating book for young people.--Jon Fear"Waterloo Region Record" (04/20/2013)
Occasionally you come across a book that makes you realize the fascination of everyday facts. Bodyguards! is such a book.--Ann Norris"4th Grade Reading" (02/18/2013)
This informative, well-illustrated, selective history of bodyguards will fascinate middle school students.--Joan Marshall"Resource Links" (02/01/2013)
This entertaining, fact-filled introduction to bodyguards goes far beyond the stereotype of men wearing dark suits and sunglasses. In a short space the author describes a wide variety of different types of personal guards, ranging from the guards of ancient rulers to British suffragettes who trained in jujitsu to the strong men employed by 1930s criminals. Although most of the topics are from the United States and Europe, the author has made an effort to include male and female guards from a wide variety of cultures and time periods. The book uses an engaging and colourful layout, which includes illustrations on every other page and occasional comic strip depictions of events. Each entry is between one and three pages, making it approachable for those who do not like to read for long periods at a time.--Katherine van der Linden"ABQLA -L'Association des bibliothecaires du Quebec" (10/01/2013)

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