Revolutionary Spies: Intelligence and Espionage in America's First War
Revolutionary Spies: Intelligence and Espionage in America's First War

Revolutionary Spies: Intelligence and Espionage in America's First War

by Tim McNeese

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Revolutionary Spies: Intelligence and Espionage in America's First War by Tim McNeese

Spies for America

The American Revolution was unprecedented in the history of mankind. Never before had a democratically organized people rose up against and defeated a European empire. Not surprisingly, then, its history is filled with dramatic moments, from the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the battles of Bunker Hill and Fort Ticonderoga and the British surrender at Yorktown.
 
But some of the more fascinating events of the Revolution took place out of the spotlight, in the shadow world of spies. The leader of the Continental Army, George Washington, had learned the importance of espionage while on intelligence missions for the British during the French and Indian War. Washington knew that to counterbalance the larger, better-trained and better-equipped British Army, his forces would need every bit of intelligence they could scrape together. To that end, he enlisted scores of rebel operatives to work as code makers and to carry out dangerous missions as spies and couriers.
 
In Revolutionary Spies, historian Tim McNeese tells the stories of the brave and daring men and women who constituted Washington’s intelligence networks, such as the Boston-area Mechanics (whose numbers included Paul Revere) and the famous Culper Ring. McNeese also includes portraits of well-known double agents, traitors, and overseas operatives such as Dr. Benjamin Church, Benedict Arnold, and Benjamin Franklin. Additionally, the book examines code-making methods and how the espionage techniques utilized by Washington’s networks prefigured those still in use by the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency.
 
Vividly written and filled with dramatic and little-known historical vignettes, Revolutionary Spies tells the story of the American Revolution in a completely new way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435160316
Publisher: Fall River Press
Publication date: 10/05/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 525,536
File size: 33 MB
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About the Author

Tim McNeese is associate professor of history at York College. He is the author of over 100 books and educational materials, many for teen readers including the 12-volume history of the United States, Discovering U.S. History. His writing has earned him multiple citations in Best Books for Young Teen Readers. Tim has served as a consulting historian on the History Channel and the American Heroes Channel series, America: Facts vs. Fiction. He and his wife, Beverly, live in York, Nebraska. 

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Revolutionary Spies: Intelligence and Espionage in America's First War 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One error. Pg 227 Townsend was married then pg 232 Townsend was never married?
REB4 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful addition to our library.