Spy Skills… do you dream of being James Bond? Or do you feel like Jason Bourne some days?

Or are you just interested in protecting your privacy today.  With these 5 Spy Skills Books you can learn from the experts to read people; protect yourself or just get a better job.

1. 100 Deadly skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide – Clint Emerson

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What skills can a retired Navy SEAL teach you that are practically applicable to your daily lives? Apparently a lot of useful stuff to keep you safe! Emerson covers tips for staying safe. From avoiding vehicle theft, burglaries, and home invasions to protecting yourself while traveling. All the information is presented in an easy to read format. Each skill is discussed in a double page with a takeaway message and clear illustrations.

2. Spy Secrets that can Save Your Life – Jason Hanson

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The world is a crazy dangerous place, but no worries! Hanson has you covered with a guide packed from cover to cover with life-saving information from the secret world of spies. This is not a book written to indulge your childhood spy fantasies; it a practical guide that will actually change the way you think of safety, your environment and daily actions.

3. How to Become a Spy: A Guide to Developing Spy Skills and Joining the Elite Underworld of Secret Agents and Spy Operatives – Maxwell Knight

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Want to learn how to become a super spy? Of course you cannot learn all the spy skills from a book, but you can certainly learn about what it takes if you aspire to become a spy. Knight’s book outlines the physical, mental and various skill training required to join the intriguing world of espionage in a generalised way. This book is probably not to be taken too seriously if you have real career aspirations to become a secret agent. However, if you want a peak into the world of spies – perhaps you aspire to be a espionage and crime fiction writer – this book is a reliable resource.

4. The Like Switch: An Ex-FBI Agent’s guide to Influencing, Attracting and Winning People Over – Jack Schafer

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Reading people is a key spy skill. There is a lot of information to be gauged from body language and non-verbal cues. Schafer’s book is a valuable reference for anyone who has to conduct interviews of any kind, whether it is for investigative work, journalism, hiring or simply to be a better communicator. Basically, this book guides you on adopting FBI techniques for handling various verbal and non-verbal communications in your day-to-day life.

5. Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers teach you How to Detect Deception – Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero & Don Tennant (writer)

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Being a human lie detector is an impressive spy skill many people dream of having. This book by three former CIA officers is a handy guide to learn how to detect verbal and body language cues that indicates deception. Is also guides in identifying the barriers to accurately detect lies. We have seen it in fiction; the secret agent with a knack for mining truth from a criminal suspect just by observing body language and asking a few questions. In reality, as you will learn from Spy the Lie, deception detecting is not magic, nor is it infallible. But with practice, you can minimize the chances of being deceived by learning this spy skill.

If you prefer your spies to stay safely between the covers of a good book, then you can always read a good novel.