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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
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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." --"" --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

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 Audio CD 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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3.0 out of 5 stars A fun read 18 Dec. 2013
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars LOOSE LIPS SINK SHIPS 18 April 2016
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There's been over 3300 reviews written on this title by fellow Amazon members. So there's not much new that I can add to this book except my full recommendation that you read it.

Washington has been pushed out of New York City with grand defeats and loss of great property that he could ill afford. He creates his winter quarters at Morristown, NJ. Supplies to sustain his Army as well as critical information as to what the British are up to in New York City are two critical bits of information he must be aware of just to survive to fight another day.

Where does the enemy plan to strike come Spring 1777? What is their strength. Any new deployments and if so, where? Who is still in command and what is the enemy's troop strength? When do they plan to march on Philadelphia. What about their Southern campaign. How secure is his own Army and Congress in terms of gathering and protecting sensitive information?

Lot's of questions that George needed answered and couldn't read about in the local newspapers. Washington had proof that his ranks had been infiltrated by spies, so turnabout was fair play. The Culpepper Spy Ring was created in New York City in and around1776. The ring was composed of very common people, 5 men and one woman. They had jobs that would fit into the city and no direct any undue attention to their positions. Their jobs allowed them to listen to and even infiltrate the homes of the British in subservient rolls.

While Washington and his army were floundering in New Jersey, the one war he stood a chance of winning was that of words and ideas. This ring of spies was his formal entrance into the world of espionage.

It is interesting to read of the many challenges facing both nations and the interpersonal relationships that his spies were able to develop. The old adage that lose lips sink ships worked on both sides of this contest .But the information that this new unit was able to accumulate became an important part of the Colonial overall strategy. This is a well written and very interesting book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fellow Author review 21 Nov. 2015
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This book is why I read books. Superbly written. I learned so much about American history that I was never told nor is taught in our schools. True, fact and how it really happened. I would highly recommend this to any American that cares about the truth about our nations history. Five stars!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD EASY READ BUT IT FALLS SHORT ON DETAIL 23 Jan. 2014
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I am a Fox News and Brian Kilmeade fan so it pains me to not give this book a higher rating, but I would describe this book overall as a dud. It had all the appearances of being a very fascinating read on a very interesting topic, but the book fell short on specific details with regard to how information was obtained and what information was being passed by the Secret Six. I was hoping for something more than repeated references to overhearing conversations and troop numbers and locations in this regard. I am sure the Six were more active than simply ease dropping. I am also sure they endured more close-calls with being discovered than is presented in the book. Of course my disappointment may not be properly projected on the author - the truth may not be known to anyone. I do recommend this book to anyone of almost any age interested in the importance of intelligence in achieving success on the battlefield. Something's never change. The book is a great start and I hope someone can find a way to dig a little deeper and give us more details on all our intelligence activities during our fight for independence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New favorite! 21 Mar. 2017
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Amazing! This book reads like a thriller, and is even more thrilling because it's not fiction! Not only is it a fantastic way to absorb American history- it's one for all ages! I'm a home schooling mother of three (a twelve year old and two teens) who has just added it to required reading for the year! This is a must read- even for people who love history but hate to read!
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