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

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

by Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger
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George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 153 reviews.
eagle3tx More than 1 year ago
An easy-flowing short read, full facts without bogging down in minutia. History buffs will enjoy details of the way spies of the time operated and passed on the results of their intrigue, as well as details of the British plots and near misses, including Benedict Arnold. The rest of us learn more about the early years of the birth of our nation, men and women who risked all, and how close we came to failure. The Loyalists and the Patriots each had spies during the American Revolution. Relying on historical documents and previous research, the authors follow a group known at the Culpers that operated on Long Island, in New York City, and in Connecticut during the British occupation of NYC 1776 -1783. Their names were known to but a necessary few at the time -- thorough historical research has ultimately revealed all but one, agent 355, a woman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book about a little known group in history that you won't read about in high school or college. Interesting parallels of spying linking the past to the present especially in light of the NSA scandals. Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is endlessly fascinating. For as detail-oriented and thorough it is, it's an easy read. I read it in nearly one sitting because I couldn't put it down. I will be giving this as holiday gifts to all the history buffs in my life. I can't wait to re-read it! 
HistoricalJustice More than 1 year ago
This book is a very difficult book to read because his accurate accounts are overshadowed by some astounding inaccuracies. I have found myself checking primary sources in order to counter some of his more outrageous statements. By the author's own admission, conversations were made up, therefore this book should be classified as fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An incredible and powerful read that is sure to open your eyes to many previously untold details about the American Revolution. Kilmeade paints of vivid picture for readers leaving no detail untold. I highly recommend this book for readers of all ages. Truly has something for everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down. Exciting and informative. Full of patriotic fervor and lessons of individual sacrifice. The stuff that makes us all proud to be Americans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific insight of the beginning of our exceptional country and the people who built it. People who did not ask what their country could do for them but asked what they could do for their country.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just started reading this book and let me tell you, this guy is a rank armature and has many facts WRONG He starts by touting Townsend as the "big cheese" in this operation. Wrong. In fact he only joined the group in June 1779, a whole yer after the group was established by Tallmadge., The after the loss of the battle of Brooklyn, he quickly has Washington fleeing to Manhattan and the to Connecticut. Wrong again.After loosing Fort Lee, Washington retreated to New Jursey, and then finally to Valley Forge. Where does this guy get his info from. As a resident of Setauket LI, I have know about this group and its activities for many years. This is NOT a new discovery by any means. I would suggest the Mr Kilmeade do more research, specifically talking the Setauket historical Society, and get his facts straight! .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an interesting, easy read that fails in that the author makes bold and unfounded statements that purport to be historical fact.
Dayhiker More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my husband who loves American History. He read one chapter and said that the historical facts were changed (about George Washington) to suit the authors' "take" on history. He put the book down and won't be reading it. Frankly I was disappointed that this surprise turned out to be such a dud. Well, you know, there are always people who will rewrite history to make the points they want to make. Too bad. Then I looked more closely at the authors and shrugged, it figures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found the authors to be vague in their descriptions That being said i was glad to learn about these un sung heroes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought the Audiobook and I've only made it to track # 9 of the first CD (out of 5 CDs) and I am already considering returning it. While I am sure the content is probably decent, I feel that tit was a mistake to have the author (Brian Kilmeade) perform the reading. To be blunt, he sucks at it. There are parts where he mumbles and eats the words which makes it hard to understand what he is saying. His pronunciation of certain words is very distracting and he places commas (pauses) in between words that are not meant to be separated. In doing so, he ends up changing the meaning or the intended message of the sentence. It is obvious that Mr. Kilmeade is not well-versed at this and had they taken the time to re-record some of the readings, this would have been a much better product. I cannot say anything pro or con about the book; but I DO NOT RECOMMEND THE AUDIO BOOK unless they re-record it with someone who better suited for the task.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has been one of the most enlighting books I have ever read on the early history of our great nation. Now I understand how a ragtag group of poorly trained and equiped citizen's army defeated the most powerful army in the history of warfare at that time. Would make a great screenplay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great historical work that blends an extremely interesting story with good writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting book that uncovers some of the covert operations that occurred during the American Revolution and ultimately helped shape our history. Great for any history buffs or spy novel enthusiasts! Grab a copy and flip through it yourself!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Kilmeany is full of crap, and so is his book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well researched, well written, and highly engaging! George Washington's Secret Six is an easy read for anyone. Definitely recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After getting into the show Turn, this was the 1st book I read on Washington's Culper Ring. I enjoyed it, even the Afterward that dives further into the identity of Agent 355. I enjoyed this book immensely :)
Quentin1 More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. Having a history degree, the American Revolution is my weakness (sadly enough). Really flowed well, not bogged down with too much information. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story of American History. Leaves you proud of the heritage we have as a nation. Unfortunate our real history is either left out or rewritten for our children's education.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating and intriguing historical account of courageous men and women in our American history.
typhoon More than 1 year ago
Way to go Kilmeade ! Any real history buff will love this book. This would make a great movie if Hollywood wouldn't mess it up.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
If I had to sum this book up in one word it would be FASCINATING! I've enjoyed reading about American history my whole life and I would say that I know quite a bit about George Washington, but Brian and Don's book has introduced another side of this great general and later president. I was immediately struck by the honesty that Washington put forth in his shortcomings and outright failures. Without that character trait our nation could have easily been turned in a different direction. While I loved the insight into Washington, what particularly intrigued me was the Culper Spy Ring itself. Here are six seemingly ordinary people who did extraordinary things while staying under the radar. After reading the book it is hard to imagine such a significant outcome in our American history without this brave group of people. The group was made up of five men, whom we know the identity of, and one woman that still remains a mystery.  If you are reading the paperback edition of this book then you are in for a real treat. With this edition the authors have included an extensive portion about this mystery woman. This woman was always referred to as Agent 355. Her real identity remains a mystery all these years later but the authors have compiled a list of women who could possibly be the elusive Agent 355. They give the reasons for and against each female being the one. Again, absolutely fascinating. I think every high school student and beyond should read this intriguing book. It makes a pivotal time in our American history absolutely come alive. If you are a homeschool family this really should be worked into your curriculum. I promise you won't regret a moment you spend on reading this book. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Lynn1LN More than 1 year ago
I love the way the authors made a history book read like a spy novel. When the book first came out a year ago, I checked it out at the library. Then when I heard it was coming out in paperback and that it had new information on agent 355, I thought I'd buy it and read it again. This is our nation's history. I strongly recommend it.
Iluvwords More than 1 year ago
This book has been weeks on the NYT best seller list and I don't know why. It's scholarship and style of writing was worthy of a high school paper. George Washington comes across more as a super hero than a mortal and flawed general. The accounts of Nathan Hale, Benedict Arnold and John Andre' were interesting but shallow and I don't know I trust the scholarship behind the work. Not a book for a serious student of the American Revolution but I'm not saying it is devoid of merit either.