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  • Hardcover: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Sentinel (5 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159523103X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595231031
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 527,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A powerful new book . . . that reads like a modern-day spy thriller." --"The Blaze" "A tale of patriotism and daring." --"The Washington Times" "Anyone who believes that foreign espionage is pointless should read this book. More importantly, anyone who thinks the founding generation is irrelevant to modern America must read this book." --"The Daily Caller" "A fascinating read, highlighting some of our nation's unknown heroes--heroes who never sought credit or recognition. Brian Kilmeade places them in their proper historical context--as brave patriots who defended the American Revolution." --General Stanley McChrystal (U.S. Army, retired) "Freedom is not free, never has been, and never will be. Kilmeade and Yaeger have done a wonderful job in reminding us all of the cost. Great read." --General Tommy Franks (U.S. Army, retired) "Fast paced, factual, entertaining . . . and important!" --Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency "A historical gem. I loved it." --Donald Trump "We would not have won the Revolution and secured our freedom were it not for the leadership of George Washington and the courage of the spies he set in motion. "George Washington's Secret Six" is a gripping and informative read." --Congressman Pete King, chairman of the Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee, House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security "Thrilling and accessible.... one of the more significant, compelling, and fascinating pieces of the country's history." --"Breitbart.com" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Brian Kilmeade cohosts Fox News Channel's morning show "Fox & Friends" and also hosts the nationally syndicated radio show "Kilmeade & Friends." He lives on Long Island. Don Yaeger has written or co-written twenty-three books, and lives in Tallahassee, Florida. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"George Washington's Secret Six" by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger is an interesting story about six almost or completely unknown names of the American Revolution heroes.

The authors conducted an extensive research about events that took place when General Washington had to retreat from New York City in August 1776 when due to the six brave men of secret agents which called themselves Culper Spy Ring, he was able to recover.

Washington correctly judged that he cannot adequately respond to strong British army power, and instead he conceived a plan to form secret group of people whose task will be to sneak into New York.

Given that the importance of the operation was enormous, and its secrecy of the first priority the group members' identities were hidden for almost 200 years and in this novel they finally receive the necessary attention due to the importance of what they did.

These six brave people were Robert Townsend newspaper editor whose identity was even secret for Washington, Austin Roe, bartender who put both his job and life on stake, Caleb Brewster longshoreman who carried messages between Connecticut and New York, Abraham Woodhull who had perfect family excuse for New York traveling, James Rivington who was responsible for collecting information from British officers in his shop and coffeehouse and last person, a f femme fatale called Agent 355, whose identity still remains unknown and who used her woman woman's abilities to deceive men and learn many useful information.

Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger did an excellent job both in collecting all these long hidden information and conveying portraits of six brave people who changed the tide of American Revolution.
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I have read and reviewed several dozen books that examine the process that led up to the Declaration of Independence and then continued during the war that followed. However, until reading Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger's book, I knew almost nothing about the nature and extent of organized and coordinated efforts to obtain information (i.e. intelligence data) on the British military priorities, strategies, tactics, and vulnerabilities that would guider and inform how General George Washington and his associates would wage -- and eventually -- win that war. And I amazed and encouraged by the fact that, thus far, more than 2,000 readers have shared their thoughts about an account of events that occurred more than 240 years ago.

Kilmeade and Yaeger remind their reader that "this is a story about ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things, people whose fears and hopes and lives were not much different from our own, and how they changed the course of history. Their humility stopped them from seeking fame or fortune because their love of country sparked their exploits."

These are among the subjects of greatest interest to me:

o Why Washington needed the services of what became the "Culper Ring"
o How and why the members were selected
o What each contributed: Benjamin Tallmadge, Robert Townsend, James Rivington, Abraham Woodhull, Caleb Brewster, Austin Roe, and "Agent 355"
Note: Agent 355 was a female, one whose identify remains unknown
o Washington's perspectives on spying
o The Ring's most significant contributions (e.g. preventing Benedict Arnold from surrendering West Point)
o The Ring's setbacks, close calls, missed opportunities, etc.
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a good spy story all true back in the days that you don't associate with spying. thrilling..
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172 of 183 people found the following review helpful
A fun read 18 Dec. 2013
By Douglas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
First I would like to say that I started reading this book Saturday morning and finished it Sunday night. It was really fun to read. The reason I give it only a three star review is that is not exactly a scholarly work (no footnotes, for example) so I was left with a sense of wondering about the veracity of everything in the book. I imagine there are other books about the Washington spies and this book has made me curious enough to read another account. I have to chuckle at all the 1 star reviews. Virtually all of them protest to the book because of the author, Brian Kilmeade. I did not know the author was a commentator for Fox News until I read those reviews. Impugning a history book simply because of the political views of the author is inane. George Washington's Secret Six is not a book espousing a political agenda of some sort, as these reviewers would have one believe. Another reason for the 3 star is that it was a rather bit over-priced given content. In any event, if you know little about the spy ring, this is as good a place to start as any.
418 of 457 people found the following review helpful
I intend to assign this to my American History 101 class this spring 6 Nov. 2013
By History Professor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
All I can say is - wow. Kilmeade has taken disparate chunks of history and woven them into an intriguing historical narrative. To call this book historical fiction is to underrate it. It is historical fact told as a story. And what, after all, is history? It is the story of humanity's triumphs and failures; the story of good and evil; the story of those who are complacent and those who risk it all. Kilmeade's story gives honor to these anonymous heroes, the silent few, who dared to act greatly and did not seek recognition for it. This is more than a good read; it is a testament to the goodness of honest men. I plan to assign it to my American History 101 class this spring.
280 of 308 people found the following review helpful
Authors did an excellent job in collecting all long hidden information and conveying portraits of six brave people... 6 Nov. 2013
By Denis Vukosav - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"George Washington's Secret Six" by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger is an interesting story about six almost or completely unknown names of the American Revolution heroes.

The authors conducted an extensive research about events that took place when General Washington had to retreat from New York City in August 1776 when due to the six brave men of secret agents which called themselves Culper Spy Ring, he was able to recover.

Washington correctly judged that he cannot adequately respond to strong British army power, and instead he conceived a plan to form secret group of people whose task will be to sneak into New York.

Given that the importance of the operation was enormous, and its secrecy of the first priority the group members' identities were hidden for almost 200 years and in this novel they finally receive the necessary attention due to the importance of what they did.

These six brave people were Robert Townsend newspaper editor whose identity was even secret for Washington, Austin Roe, bartender who put both his job and life on stake, Caleb Brewster longshoreman who carried messages between Connecticut and New York, Abraham Woodhull who had perfect family excuse for New York traveling, James Rivington who was responsible for collecting information from British officers in his shop and coffeehouse and last person, a f femme fatale called Agent 355, whose identity still remains unknown and who used her woman woman's abilities to deceive men and learn many useful information.

Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger did an excellent job both in collecting all these long hidden information and conveying portraits of six brave people who changed the tide of American Revolution.

Due to authors' obvious knowledge and desire to provide readers more closely with the political and historical events, this novel can be certainly recommended to history fans, but also for those who want to read an exciting and true spy/patriotic story.
155 of 184 people found the following review helpful
JO ANNE IN OK 5 Nov. 2013
By JO ANNE - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
With all the mystery of an Agatha Christie novel, the intrigue of a Sherlock Holmes adventure, and the plot twist of Mission Impossible, Mr.Kilmeade has written a mini novel that finally pays homage to six revolutionaries who forfeited their personal comfort and safety to aid and abet the birth of a fledgling nation struggling for independence. Brian has taken a slice of American history and thru historical detail,personal correspondence,and the addition of crisp dialogue made the secret six come to life in a way that makes for compelling reading. This book belongs in your library and should be wrapped with paper and ribbon for Christmas but the first thing to do is get a cup of coffee and turn to chapter one! Nice work, Mr. K!
145 of 175 people found the following review helpful
History Comes Alive: Who Knew? 5 Nov. 2013
By LadyRoseCTFan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Brian's enthusiasm for the historical background of this book is obvious, as is his knowledge of the persons and events. His passion for this topic goes back 15 years. His children are lucky to have a such an enthusiastic historian in the family! Story is very readable and the reader quickly discovers who the real heroes of the Revolutionary War were.
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