Incendiary: The Misadventures of John the Painter, First Modern Terrorist

Incendiary: The Misadventures of John the Painter, First Modern Terrorist

by Jessica Warner
     
 

ISBN-10: 1560257334

ISBN-13: 9781560257332

Pub. Date: 10/10/2005

Publisher: Basic Books

His real name was James Aitken, though he was better known as "John the Painter," and during the early months of the American Revolution, he wreaked havoc in England by performing acts of terror on behalf of America. In this first full-length chronicle of the man who attempted to burn down royal navy yards across England, Jessica Warner paints a tart and entertaining

Overview

His real name was James Aitken, though he was better known as "John the Painter," and during the early months of the American Revolution, he wreaked havoc in England by performing acts of terror on behalf of America. In this first full-length chronicle of the man who attempted to burn down royal navy yards across England, Jessica Warner paints a tart and entertaining portrait of the world's first modern terrorist. At the height of the scare, King George III received daily briefings from his ministers, the Bow Street Runners were on the chase, newspapers printed sensational stories, and in Parliament a bill was rushed through to suspend habeas corpus.

This is rollicking popular history with something for every reader--authentic 18th-century atmosphere, timely social history, international political intrigue, terrorism, chase scenes, spies, a double agent or two, a jailhouse snitch, the king, a young woman innocently tending her sheep, and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560257332
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
10/10/2005
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction

chapter one: His Boyhood  
chapter two: His Adventures as a Highwayman 
chapter three: His Adventures in Colonial America  
chapter four: His Return to England
chapter five: His Meeting with the American Envoy to France  
chapter six: His Attempt to Burn Down the Town and Dockyard of Portsmouth 
chapter seven: His Meeting with a British Spy 
chapter eight: His Many Attempts to Burn Down the City of Bristol 
chapter nine: His Capture and Subsequent Imprisonment 
chapter ten: His Trial in Winchester  
chapter eleven: His Last Day  
chapter twelve: His Fate and That of Many Others  
Epilogue 
Notes  
Index 

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