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This book introduces the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and its mission to collect intelligence from foreign nations to aid in government decisions and policies. Historical information covers its roots in colonial America, the founding and organization of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) under William J. "Wild Bill" Donovan during World War II, the establishment of the CIA in 1947, and the effect of September 11. Other chapters highlight types of intelligence, the well-protected CIA headquarters at Langley, Virginia, the variety of available jobs beyond undercover and spy work, requirements for application, and the organization of the agency under its director and the Directorates of Operations, Science and Technology, Intelligence, and Support, as well as a diagram that helps the reader visualize the standard process of collecting and analyzing information, the Intelligence Cycle. Full-color photographs, fun facts, a graphic timeline, a glossary, and an index accompany this easy-to-read text.

Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
BISACS JNF025130, JNF038100
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Social Studies
Copyright 2007
Division Abdo Publishing
Imprint Checkerboard Library
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Season 2007-01-01
ISBN 9781596797567, 9781617847233
Title Format Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks
Dewey 327.1273
Graphics Full-color photographs
Dimensions 8 x 8
Guided Reading Level U
ATOS Reading Level 6.5
ATOS Interest Level MG
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 112978
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
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Defending the Nation - School Library Journal

Written in simple vocabulary and organized into sections of a spread or two, they have plenty of clear, well-captioned photos. Large sidebars lend variety to the books’ design and provide engaging facts. Each title has a time line giving highlights of the agency as well as a narrative discussing its historical development, purpose, and activities. These easy-to-read books provide introductory information that may be adequate for rudimentary reports or career introductions.

Author: John Hamilton