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Outlaws, Spies, and Gangsters: Chasing Notorious Criminals (Hardback)
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Outlaws, Spies, and Gangsters: Chasing Notorious Criminals (Hardback)

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Hardback 148 Pages / Published: 23/01/2014
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Experience all the thrills and suspense of chasing down the world's highest-profile criminals. What does it take to catch a criminal? Not just any criminal, but one of the world's most wanted? In Outlaws, Spies, and Gangsters, Laura Scandiffo chronicles eight of history's most famous manhunts, from searches for drug dealers to dictators, hackers to henchmen. Discover the danger and intrigue behind these riveting stories of daring and perseverance. Read about the great lengths authorities went to, to catch: * Albert "Mad Trapper" Johnson, an unpredictable and violent fugitive in Canada's Northwest Territories * Bank robber and escape artist extraordinaire John Dillinger, America's frst "Public Enemy Number One" * Manuel Noriega, Panama's corrupt and tyrannical president * CIA mole Aldrich Ames, whose longing for the high life led to the disappearances and murders of many of his fellow colleagues * Vladimir Levin, the world's frst high-profle computer hacker * Osama bin Laden, the terrorist who became a household name after the attacks of September 11, 2001. An introduction and afterword help frame these remarkable stories, which also address how manhunts have changed over time. Gareth Williams' bright, dramatic art makes each exciting tale jump off the page.

Publisher: Annick Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781554516216
Number of pages: 148
Weight: 468 g
Dimensions: 229 x 166 x 14 mm

The book asks more questions than it answers and as such, is an excellent tool to start a discussion about the nature of crime.--Penny Draper"Readerly, National Reading Campaign" (01/24/2014)
In profiling eight criminals and the sometimes extraordinary measures taken to capture them, Scandiffio has authored fast-paced narratives that will appeal to the male readership that the book's marketers anticipate.--Val Ken Lem"CM Reviews" (04/11/2014)
Though the eight chapters, written in an engaging, nonfiction narrative voice, effectively stand alone, Scandiffio threads the tales with thoughtful reflections on the changing modes of hunting down criminals and exploration of emerging technologies.--Jennifer Barnes"Booklist" (09/15/2014)
The book is engagingly written, with a minimum of sidebar references, which works well for the fiction-like narrative style. It would be a welcome addition, especially in collections where high-interest, collective biographies are in demand.--Patricia Feriano"School Library Journal" (08/01/2014)
This informational text looks at the pursuit of eight infamous individuals. Each account opens with a file profiling the criminal, crime, involved law enforcement units, location and duration of the case. Covering 1931 to 2011, the cases portray the evolution of technology used in investigation. The crimes range from bank robbery to war crimes, selling out U.S. intelligence agents to international terrorism. Some figures, such as Osama Bin Laden, are familiar. Others, such as Albert Johnson and Aldrich Arnes, will be new to students. An interesting activity for students would be to compare the FBI in John Dillinger's day to the intelligence agencies portrayed in later accounts. Scenes depicting action add visual interest. Recommended.--Sarah Wendorf, LMTC Director, Intermediate School"Library Media Connection" (05/01/2015)

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