Double Cross: Deception Techniques in War
Written by Paul B. Janeczko
Warfare has always relied heavily on two things: the confidence of the fighters and the people at home and fooling the enemy. This book is about fooling the enemy and many of the ways that’s been accomplished.
Beginning with ancient times and the story of Gideon in the Bible. Using torches and the element of surprise, they convinced the enemy they had much larger numbers. That helped them win the battle. The author shows how deception during the Trojan War helped armed forces gain the upper hand. After a long siege, the forces were evenly matched, so the Trojan Horse provided the means to end the siege. During the Battle of Hastings, the Normans used a faked retreat to overwhelm the English. The author discusses deception during the French and Indian War and World War I, then he goes into great detail about the many techniques used during World War II. The final chapter is about modern times, including Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq.
Well-researched and loaded with information, the text is nevertheless very exciting and wonderfully readable for a history book. Boys, in particular, will love it, but girls with an interest in puzzles will also want to keep reading. Great resource for the classroom.
- Title: Double Cross: Deception Techniques in War
- Author: Paul B. Janeczko
- Publisher: Candlewick Press, 2017
- Reviewer: Sue Poduska
- Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
- ISBN: 978-0-7636-6042-0
- Genre: Upper Middle Grade Nonfiction
- Grade level: 5 to 9
- Extras: Table of Contents, Source Notes, Bibliography, Image Credits, Index, Numerous maps and photos