George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution

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The runaway New York Times bestseller about six unlikely spies who helped George Washington win the Revolutionary War

When the Continental Army beat a hasty retreat from New York in August 1776, many thought the Revolution was doomed. Instead, General Washington rallied, thanks in large part to a little-known, top-secret group called the Culper Spy Ring. This surprisingly sophisticated team spied on the British leaders while ...

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George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution

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Overview

The runaway New York Times bestseller about six unlikely spies who helped George Washington win the Revolutionary War

When the Continental Army beat a hasty retreat from New York in August 1776, many thought the Revolution was doomed. Instead, General Washington rallied, thanks in large part to a little-known, top-secret group called the Culper Spy Ring. This surprisingly sophisticated team spied on the British leaders while also spreading misinformation about Washington’s plans. Their spycraft was centuries ahead of its time.

Drawing on extensive research, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger have written a fascinating book about the six civilians who turned the tide of the war, among them a Quaker merchant, a tavern keeper, a brash young longshoreman, the owner of a posh coffeehouse, and a woman who used her wit and charm to coax British officers to share vital secrets. This gripping true story finally elevates the secret six to their rightful place among the pantheon of American heroes.

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-01
A history of the Culper Spy Ring, without which, the authors argue, the Americans would not have won the Revolutionary War. Nathan Hale was America's first spy, and his execution forced Gen. George Washington to find a man who could develop a spy ring to help him drive the British from New York. Fox & Friends host Kilmeade (It's How You Play the Game: The Powerful Sports Moments that Taught Lasting Values to America's Finest, 2007, etc.) and Yaeger (Greatness: The 16 Characteristics of True Champions, 2011, etc.) were fortunate to have the research of Morton Pennypacker. He was Long Island's premier historian and the man who, in 1929, identified the group's most important member, Robert Townsend (1753–1838). Maj. Benjamin Tallmadge was Washington's choice to develop his spy network, and the six spies he recruited had an immense effect on the outcome of the war. The first task was to invent pseudonyms, and they established codes and solid back stories, used dead drops and compartmentalized intelligence. The work they did in Manhattan and Long Island exposed not only a British attempt to destroy the American economy, but also Benedict Arnold's treachery. In one of their final acts, they managed to get the British naval codebook, an act that turned the tide at the Battle of Yorktown. In the five-year period during which the ring operated, only one of their members was exposed. That she was a woman is the only clue to her identity, though there's a suggestion that she hung her laundry in such a way as to pass information on troop movements. While Kilmeade and Yaeger don't provide deep analysis, the narrative should please enthusiastic fans of the upheaval surrounding the founding of the United States. In a slim, quick-moving book, the authors bring attention to a group that exerted an enormous influence over events during the Revolutionary War.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595231109
  • Publisher: Sentinel Trade
  • Publication date: 10/28/2014
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 137,762

Meet the Author

Brian Kilmeade

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.

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