- 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 (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 402,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution Hardcover – 5 Nov 2013
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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 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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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.