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Turncoats, Traitors and Heroes: Espionage in the American Revolution
     

Turncoats, Traitors and Heroes: Espionage in the American Revolution

by John Bakeless
 

Besides reexamining in fresh perspective such well-known figures as Paul Revere, Nathan Hale, Benedict Arnold, and John André, the author, a former general staff intelligence officer in World War II, reveals the exploits and tribulations of scores of other spies: Ann Bates, the Tory agent who spied at Washington's headquarters and who, when fleeing for

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Besides reexamining in fresh perspective such well-known figures as Paul Revere, Nathan Hale, Benedict Arnold, and John André, the author, a former general staff intelligence officer in World War II, reveals the exploits and tribulations of scores of other spies: Ann Bates, the Tory agent who spied at Washington's headquarters and who, when fleeing for her life, paused to count American artillery; the high-ranking traitor Dr. Benjamin Church, the Continental Army's Director General of Hospitals, caught as a result of a careless mistress; Sergeant Major John Champe, who posed as a deserter from the rebel army in order to capture Benedict Arnold; and many others. From the plot to kidnap George Washington to the fall of Yorktown, here are the clandestine activities of the spies, counterspies, and double agents who risked life and honor in a silent, anonymous shadow war.

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James T. Flexner
Exciting and valuable. To general readers it offers a wealth of spy stories. To students of the Revolution it shows a familiar terrain become strange under an eerie light….[Bakeress] writes very well. He tells with spare effectiveness the adventures of brave people who risked death, alone among enemies, first by their mission to frequent the most dangerous places and to woo the confidence of the very officers entrusted with the responsibility of exposing and hanging them. [Bakeress] gives [each agent] the sharp focus of a close-up, adding both to the impact and the originality of the book.
New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306808432
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Edition description:
1 DA CAPO
Pages:
412
Sales rank:
426,304
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.98(d)

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Richard B. Morris
The most complete picture we have to date….[Bakeress] has given us a collection of exciting stories based upon substantial documentation….[This book] combines fascinating reading with impressive scholarship.
—(Richard B. Morris, co-editor of The Spirit 'Seventy-Six)

Meet the Author


John Bakeless (1894–1978) was the author of Spies of the Confederacy, Daniel Boone: Master of the Wilderness, Fighting Frontiersmen, and many others.

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