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George Washington's Secret Six

The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution

Kilmeade, Brian

(eBook - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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-- --Brian Kilmeade When General George Washington beat a hasty retreat from New York City in August 1776, many thought the American Revolution might soon be over. Instead, Washington rallied--thanks in large part to a little-known, top-secret group called the Culper Spy Ring. Washington realized that he couldn't beat the British with military might, so he recruited a sophisticated and deeply secretive intelligence network to infiltrate New York. So carefully guarded were the members' identities that one spy's name was not uncovered until the twentieth century, and one remains unknown today. But by now, historians have discovered enough information about the ring's activities to piece together evidence that these six individuals turned the tide of the war. Drawing on extensive research, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger have painted compelling portraits of George Washington's secret six: ?Robert Townsend, the reserved Quaker merchant and reporter who headed the Culper Ring, keeping his identity secret even from Washington; ?Austin Roe, the tavern keeper who risked his employment and his life in order to protect the mission; ?Caleb Brewster, the brash young longshoreman who loved baiting the British and agreed to ferry messages between Connecticut and New York; ?Abraham Woodhull, the curmudgeonly (and surprisingly nervous) Long Island bachelor with business and family excuses for traveling to Manhattan; ?James Rivington, the owner of a posh coffeehouse and print shop where high-ranking British officers gossiped about secret operations; ?Agent 355, a woman whose identity remains unknown but who seems to have used her wit and charm to coax officers to share vital secrets. In George Washington's Secret Six American Revolution.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Group US, 2013
ISBN: 9780698137653
Branch Call Number: OverDrive downloadable ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Yaeger, Don
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When General George Washington beat a hasty retreat from New York City in August 1776, many thought the American Revolution might soon be over. Instead, Washington rallied—thanks in large part to a little-known, top-secret group called the Culper Spy Ring. These are their compelling portraits.


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Jun 30, 2014
  • Zoomerofall rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book should have been better than it is. It seemed to have been hurriedly written and, despite its fascinating subject matter, was not very interesting. I had trouble getting excited about the fates of any of the ring because of the bland writing style. Too bad. The authors tried to strike a balance between academic coverage and popularization and didn't do either one very well.

Jun 09, 2014
  • BlueHippo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I found this to be a great book to introduce me to the Culper Ring, of which I knew very little. It is an excellent overview of the people involved, their activities, and the effect they had on the outcome of the Revolutionary War. It is well written and easy to read. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 for the following reasons: (1) I would have appreciated a simple chart giving the names of the individuals with their corresponding code name. The authors use both in their text and (of course) the letters from which they quote use only the code names. Especially since "Tallmadge" and Townsend" can be confusing as one is reading along, a simple chart (which I eventually just made up myself) would have been a welcome addition to this book; (2) I would have appreciated a little more information on the ultimate fate of Benedict Arnold. The book leaves him arriving in England after escaping from the colonies after his duplicity was discovered. Although a fairly well-known chapter in our history, giving more information on his ultimate fate would have helped "wrap things up" more neatly; and (3) I would have appreciated more information into what research has and is being done about these people-what led to the determination of who was actually in the ring and who did that research, etc. There is a cursory mention of this in the Epilogue, Acknowledgements, and subsequent source notes, but it's pretty scanty. Having said that, this is a great "starter" read about this fascinating group of people.

Interesting history about some little known patriots. America's first spy ring. A quick read.

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Jul 13, 2014
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